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!
Is It Anxiety?
Anxiety can often be easily identified in typically developing children, however, things get significantly more complicated when a child has an Autism or Sensory Processing diagnosis. Signs of anxiety can be attributed to the child’s inability to regulate or co-regulate and often though speech and occupational therapies the anxiety disappears. But some children who no longer need speech or OT find that the anxiety
NPDDF Highlight: Elizabeth Torres, Computational Neuroscientist
Meet Elizabeth Torres, PHD, a Computational Neuroscientist, who will be one of the many knowledgeable speakers for the National Pediatric Developmental Differences Forum (NPDDF). Dr. Torres has developed theoretical models of sensory-motor integration and motor control which havebeen translated into clinical applications of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. Her lab has created new dynamic behavioral biomarkers of Autism, sub-typed Autism severity, and identified autistic female traits to help
NPN Developmental Differences Resource Fair – March 8
LEEP Forward and Sensational Supports are sponsors at the Neighborhood Parent Network’s 2015 Developmental Differences Resource Fair. The fair is a great opportunity to find out more about school options, service providers, and other relevant resources. The event is geared toward families with children ages infant through 8th grade. Be sure to stop by our tables and say hello! Three Leep therapists (a DT,