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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Build a Stronger Reader with These Book Recommendations

These books and authors, organized by reading level, are some favorites of Tyler Choate, M.S., CCC-SLP. Reading can be a great activity to bring you and your child together so don’t put too much pressure on your child to read aloud or respond to questions – enjoy this time! Emerging readers (typically ages 3+) will likely find a connection with stories that have a strong
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The Occupational Therapist’s Gift-Giving Guide

Michaja Prendergast, MS OTR/L, LEEP’s Head of Occupational Therapy, has compiled a list of fun gifts that target a number of OT goals. You can use this list in two ways – if you’ve got a tactile lover on your hands, your child may LOVE the tactile toys recommendations. However, you may find it useful to select toys that help your child improve in
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National Pediatric Developmental Differences Forum – October 2015

We are thrilled to announce that LEEP is hosting The National Pediatric Developmental Differences Forum! The goal of this event will be to bring together the leading minds in relationship-based therapies so we can exchange our findings and learn from each other. It is slated for October 23-24, 2015 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The forum’s focus is “Connecting the Dots: How Research is Guiding
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