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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End of the year carnival – July 24

Families are invited to LEEP on our final day of groups, July 24, to help us celebrate a fantastic year with our kiddos! There will be a dunk tank, facepainting, games, prizes, and more! Each of the groups – the Rainbow fish, Turtles, Otters, and Owls – will be assigned a time slot to party with their familyand friends in our carnival. We’ll share
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Picture Day at LEEP!

LEEP’s amazing photographer Joe Caballero will be on-site on June 10th, 2015 to take pictures. He’ll do individual shots as well as group shots so you and your child can always remember the friends they made here. Packages will be available for purchase. More info coming soon!

NPN events on the horizon

Our friends at the Neighborhood Parents Network have some great upcoming events you may want on your radar. Mark your calendars for NPN’s “Annual Chicago Toddler Expo” at Erikson on Saturday, June 20th! The event features a series 45-minutes workshops with topics such as managing separation anxiety, potty training, toddler sleep solutions, and nutrition/picky eating. You’ll get great information not only from talented professionals but
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