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!
Do’s and Don’ts for Talking to Your Child During Play
An Interview with Abby Foltz Hottle, LEEP Forward’s Director of Speech Language Pathology We all know that one of the best things you can do for your child is play with them. But for many parents of children with developmental differences, it can be hard to understand how to get involved and maintain the game once it has started. This interview with Abby Foltz
Toy Tip: No Batteries Allowed!
One thing all our therapists agreed on when putting together the LEEP Holiday Toy Guide? No batteries! Not that batteries are themselves dangerous, but games or toys with batteries typically prescribe a certain type of play. Those games can therefore be very limiting and tend to take away a child’s curiosity and problem solving abilities. Good choices for games are ones that can be built
Spotlight on Erika Larson, LEEP’s Program Director and Parent Liaison
If you ask Erika Larson what her title is at LEEP, she will tell you she’s the Program Director and Parent Liaison, but once she’s got the formalities out of the way, she’ll slyly smile and say, “But really, I like to think my title is ‘Problem Solver’.” Erika, who has a Masters in Education and is a credentialed Developmental Therapist, hits the nail