Serving Children and Families on the Eastside Since 2006

Stepping Stones

Therapy Network

Welcome to Stepping Stones Therapy!

We believe in providing children with the "stepping stones" to reach new skills,
self-confidence and every day success.  It is our mission to provide compassionate, creative and collaborative care to the children and families we serve.

Stepping Stones provides pediatric occupational and speech therapy services for children on the Eastside.  We are conveniently located in the Overlake area in Bellevue, Washington.

We Offer..
  • OT and Speech Office visits for toddlers to teens and all ages between.
  • A family centered approach with an emphasis on working together for goal setting and to provide a uniquely tailored treatment plan for your child.
  • Ongoing collaboration for your child's therapy program.
  • Parent education and consulting services.
At Stepping Stones..
  • We offer dedicated occupational and speech therapy intervention.  We provide comprehensive evaluations and individualized treatment plans to help children reach their fullest potential.
  • We believe in helping children to learn in a positive, caring environment and helping them to achieve their goals whether at school, home or play.
  • We carefully consider each child's strengths, interests and learning style to set up a program that fits their unique personality and developmental needs.
  • We tailor each child's therapy program to help him or her succeed by building upon foundational motor skills and gradually increasing the challenge as he or she progresses and gains confidence.
  • We believe in nurturing a positive self-concept and finding the fun and joy in learning.
  • We strongly believe in family involvement and collaboration.  We know that caregiver education and family participation is critical to the rate of progress and the outcomes for each child in his or her therapy program.

Services

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Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing (sometimes called "sensory integration" or SI) is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or "sensory integration."

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Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral condition affecting 11 percent of school-age children. Symptoms continue into adulthood in more than three-quarters of cases. ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

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What is Occupational Therapy?

In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school / social situations and helping people recovering from injury to regain skills.

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News Release

Sam's Club and SCORE™ Spread Cheer to Bellevue Small Business Owner

Grants Fuel Optimism and Provide Access to Training and Growth

Bellevue, WA December 5, 2012 –In an unprecedented effort to expand year-round support for small business growth and success, the Sam’s Club Giving Program has forged a collaboration with national non-profit SCORE to provide more than $500,000 in supplies, training and holiday spirit to 102 U.S. small businesses (two in each state plus Washington, DC).  Each business will receive a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card in addition to training through SCORE, an organization dedicated to helping small businesses grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Stepping Stones Therapy Receives National SCORE Award and Sam’s Club Grant

Stepping Stones Occupational Therapy was one out of 102 small businesses in the nation to be selected for the SCORE award, specialized training program and a $1000 grant from Sam’s Club. Stepping Stones was recognized not only for its commitment to learning and growth but also especially featured as an inspiring small business and therapy clinic. 

Stepping Stone’s clients include children AND their families, working together towards greater independence and joyful achievements in “everyday ways”.   Owner Jessica Chinn McMurdie OTR/L believes, “As therapists, we envision our role in a child’s life as a “stepping stone” to help them achieve the next level of success. It is our mission to provide kind, creative and compassionate care to the children and families we serve.” 

“At a national level, this SCORE award will be a wonderful opportunity for me to advocate and educate people about the profession of OT.  As OTs, we have the expertise and therapy skills to promote independence and to make positive differences in people’s everyday lives.” says Jessica. 

“The access to technology tools for my clinic from Sam’s Club and the additional training will really help me take my business to the next level.”  Jessica hopes to utilize the grant towards expanding her therapy services to incorporate the latest “assistive technology” – such as educational apps on the IPad and software.

The 102 businesses were selected by SCORE based on each business’ need and commitment to ongoing learning and growth.  SCORE will utilize the grant from Sam’s Club to sponsor a two-day “High Speed Growth Seminar” especially for the 102 winners, a special training program featuring key executives and workshops on attracting customers, branding, online marketing and developing a sales plan. The grant will also fund continued regional and local training for these businesses with SCORE mentors. 

“Small businesses truly are the backbone of our economy, particularly during lean times,” said W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr., CEO, SCORE. “With the support of Sam’s Club this holiday season, these small businesses will be in a position to take the critical next step in their evolution.”