Center for Therapeutic Strategies

Center for Therapeutic Strategies The Center for Therapeutic Strategies' mission is to provide speech therapy and consulting solutions

I am Jane Shook, clinical director and owner of Center for Therapeutic Strategies, a speech therapy practice on LBJ between Hillcrest and Preston. I also function as a therapeutic strategist and assist people needing to find a broad range of services as well as prioritize those services and make referrals to appropriate practitioners in their areas. I have four stellar speech therapists in additio

n to myself, Kerri O’Neill, Sherri Pilcher, Amy Losman and Stacy Mathai. We serve children, teens, and adults with sensory processing and executive function issues. I also offer a mentoring service for SLP’s, SLP-A’s and SLP students who wish to gain understanding of a utilizing multi-sensory model in speech therapy sessions. I offer traditional speech therapy for all communication disorders using sensory strategies to support brain activation and integration needed to increase executive function. We specialize in servicing individuals with auditory and sensory processing, autism spectrum, developmental delays, verbal apraxia, learning disabilities and feeding disorders. We use innovative, cutting edge strategies that increase brain performance. Even fluency issues respond well to an integrative approach! We also offer a media center and frequent educational opportunities for parents, teachers and therapists. We hold both individual and group sessions for social connections skills. The order of addressing sensory processing issues is unique to each individual. The order you present each strategy is critical to the effectiveness of the outcome. Each client will be walked through a process of gathering information to create
an individualized approach to best serve each person according to the needs and
resources of the family. CTS devises a Roadmap of the primary goals with the most effective treatment
strategies to reach that goal at each stage of the treatment journey. Jane will follow her plan for the client through the various stages to obtain the highest potential possible.

I’ve seen one or another of these options work well as a game changer in the classroom and to sit through a family meal ...

I’ve seen one or another of these options work well as a game changer in the classroom and to sit through a family meal time.


Here are some great seating alternatives for the classroom to keep your kids active and engaged. Also good for motor skills, attention and core muscle.



Let’s get clear about what a sensory meltdown is and what it’s not…

Want to find out the difference and understand how to calm sensory meltdowns when they happen?

You can register for the free Sensory Training happening this week with our friends at Your Kids Table. Just comment below, “Send me the link” and we will get you where you need to register!

Sounds a lot like many of the kids I work with to equip them to live from their full potential! Love this.

Sounds a lot like many of the kids I work with to equip them to live from their full potential! Love this.

He’s the kid who never listens the first time.

Or the second.

Or even the tenth.

You can pick him up out of the line up in the school hallways.

He’s the one who doesn’t walk in an orderly fashion. He runs or spins or stops in his tracks if something catches his eye.

He has a hard time keeping his hands to himself.

His handwriting and spelling don’t betray his might be fooled into thinking it’s all a struggle if you’re not paying attention.

He’s the one making all the noises with his mouth, only stopping when his siblings finally yell at him.

His heart sometimes breaks a little because he’s not always sure why what he’s doing is so wrong.

His ideas come out in a jumble and you have to slow way down and look in his eyes to listen.

His ideas are just too big and too fast for his head it seems and so they come out in any old order.

But he needs you to hear him.

His energy cannot be contained by walls and he seems to take up so much more space than his size.

He tries every ounce of your patience if you’re trying to get somewhere.

You might send him to put on his boots and he’ll come back with a new LEGO creation.

Time has no meaning when a new plan strikes.

He can understand stories on a level well beyond his years and will floor you with his insights.

He is smart as a whip yet school isn’t always his jam. He’d rather talk about why Sally is giving away 24 of her apples instead of solving the story problems in math.

He loves fiercely and deeply and without reservation.

He will tuck a blanket around you if you look cold and will always share a bite of his cookie.

He can read your emotions on your face and will always know who is lonely on the playground.

He runs to open your car door and will insist on carrying your bag in the house for you.

He loves to climb into your lap and wants to hold your hand as he falls asleep.

His greatest joy is making you laugh from deep in your belly.

His body is eight but his soul is much older.

He is so many things...sometimes the world wants to label him with letters and words and numbers...and sometimes these help us understand him better.

But the letters and words and scores are not what he is. They cannot capture his essence.

There is no data taken anywhere on big hearts, but if there were this kid would be the shining star.

Like all our kids he is just himself. The sum of gifts and struggles all bound together with love.

And my hope for him, and all kids really, is that we can see these clearly. We can look beyond the definitions and categories to what’s shining in their eyes and hiding behind their smiles.

And we can love them just the way they are.



Written by people on the spectrum

Play is the work of childhood!

Play is the work of childhood!



This 4 yr old child has asked for help to write his name, but aside from that, he has done zero writing of any other letters,


I see all the components necessary to form every single lower case and upper case letter in his self-chosen painting.

I see big lines, little lines, horizontal lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines, big curves, little curves and circles.

This tells me all of this child's freedom to MOVE and USE his body as he so chooses has worked to connect body and brain. (far more so than removing time to MOVE and replacing it with forced table time and "writing time")

His hands are able to do what his brain says....his brain is able to direct those hands to make all sorts of necessary lines to accomplish HIS intrinsically motivated task.

PERHAPS, we should assess a child's ability to write in a different way?

PERHAPS, forming actual letters CAN WAIT until the child is intrinsically motivated.....

PERHAPS, forming actual letters isnt as important as assessing a child's body/brain connection in different ways?

PERHAPS, we should stop the disrespectful practice of teaching children how to write their names INCORRECTLY (all capitals) just so they can do it earlier. INSTEAD...wait, and follow the lead of the child. WAIT....and value that ALL MOVEMENTS a child chooses to engage in are, indeed, getting a child's body and brain "ready".

****Commenting has been turned off on this post...there is just one of me and 50,000 plus of you. When I feel Im falling behind on my posts, I seek balance. Thank you for understanding****. You can ALWAYS message me.

Visual sequencing steps is so helpful!

Visual sequencing steps is so helpful!


Having a child draw their own bedtime schedule may eliminate the struggle some parents experience when it's bedtime.



Foundational activities that provide wonderful learning experiences!
Neurochild Community
16 everyday activities that count as learning:
1. Cooking and baking
2. Meal planning
3. Budgeting
4. Checking the weather forecast
5. Building with LEGO
6. Playing card games
7. Playing board games
8. Doing puzzles
9. Imaginative play
10. Listening to music
11. Reading
12. Colouring, drawing and painting
13. Listening to podcasts or audiobooks
14. Writing letters or emails
15. Taking a walk
16. Cleaning or doing chores
Via WeAreTeachers


Therapeutic benefits of play-doh 🤩

👉Sticky texture: Kids can get used to the sticky quality of play-doh which can help them react less to other varied textures

👉Hand strengthening: The resistive texture of play-doh makes it a great hand workout

👉Bilateral coordination: Kids need to use two hands together to accomplish many play-doh tasks making it great bilateral coordination practice.

We love play-doh at Come Play, STL!


Our clean clothes have not been smelling so great. Then I saw a reel on FB this week where washer machines have a drain plug with a filter that needed to be cleaned periodically. I never knew that 🤷🏻♀. Last night I asked my spouse to clean it and today my handsome-skilled man did that. " -
Must express something to keep getting my recipes... Thank you!
The article is in the first comment 👇


Love these games and activities!



These fun activities help build strengthen in the hands while increasing dexterity for writing.

Celebrate authentic development art!

Celebrate authentic development art!


6330 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway Ste 137
Dallas, TX

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Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 6pm


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