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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Mind-Eye Workshop at LEEP on May 12

On Tuesday May 12th at 6:30pm, LEEP Forward will host a free workshop led by Dr. Deborah Zelinsky, who specializes in traditional eye care as well as vision-therapy. The topic of the discussion will be how children with special needs (regardless of the quality of their vision) can positively influence their attention, behavior, and comprehension by using therapeutic glasses. In her work, Dr. Zelinsky has
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Handwriting: Many Paths Up the Mountain

There’s an old saying “There are many paths up the mountain, but the view of the moon from the top is the same.” This is the big takeaway from a recent interview about handwriting with one of LEEP’s Occupational Therapists, Tish Graf. Quite plainly, there are many different tools at an OT’s disposal to guide your child in their quest to the top of
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NPDDF Guest Speaker Highlight: Rick Solomon

Meet Richard Solomon, MD, the founder of The PLAY™ Project (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) and the Medical Director at The Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Rick has nearly 20 years experience working with thousands of children with Autism spectrum disorders as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician. He’s also committed to sharing his successful techniques with other practitioners; through the
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