LEEP Forward, Inc. | Therapeutic Preschool & Developmental Pediatric Clinic

LEEP Forward, Inc. specializes in treating children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, ADHD, regulatory disorders and children that experience challenges with learning, peer interactions and sensory processing. We provide our therapeutic experiences for sensational children through the DIR®/Floortime™ approach. Programs encourage regulation, social engagement and peer interactions as well as promote individual growth as limits are expanded and horizons are broadened. It is our goal to be able to provide a comprehensive and individualized program for the child and the family to reduce transitions and enhance relationships, and also to foster spontaneous, mutually enjoyed, reciprocal interactions between members of a peer group. We introduce vocabulary and concepts in the following areas: emotional regulation, monitoring internal states, self-concept and self-esteem, character development, social awareness, negotiation, and compromise.

We provide a structured environment while also following the children’s lead by facilitating naturally occurring play experiences, discussions and conversations. Language development is encouraged by choosing activities involving expressive and receptive language, nonverbal communication, metalinguistic skills, and sequencing skills. We create activities that teach and encourage perspective-taking.
Perspective-taking can be a challenging concept for many of our children but it is a vital skill in maintaining and expanding meaningful interactions. It’s our hope to provide a safe and supportive environment where children are able to process their thoughts and feelings while learning and having fun!

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Make it at Home: Egg Carton Maracas

This fun project will get you and your little one moving to the beat! You can easily make your own maracas out of a few recycled items and some beans. Here are a few songs to get you shaking to the music! “Shakes My Sillies” Out by Raffi “”Twist and Shout” by the Beatles “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Must Read: “Why I Teach Poetry to My Students with Autism”

A fantastic article came our way recently about a teacher who uses poetry to expand the world and interests of his students. In the article, we learn about a young boy named Jason who is on the Autism spectrum and has few interests outside of baseball, but through this art form, he interest in many other things. What we particularly like about this article
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Big Updates on LEEP’s Fall Conference

We are so excited to be hosting the National Pediatric Developmental Differences Forum this October. The NPDDF was founded because Chicago is home to some of the strongest educators, practitioners and leaders utilizing relationship-based therapies in the industry.  Additionally, relationship-based therapies are being challenged by insurance companies, doctors and families due to a “lack of evidence.” This is not factually-based reasoning and the NPDDF
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