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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Big Updates on LEEP’s Fall Conference

We are so excited to be hosting the National Pediatric Developmental Differences Forum this October. The NPDDF was founded because Chicago is home to some of the strongest educators, practitioners and leaders utilizing relationship-based therapies in the industry.  Additionally, relationship-based therapies are being challenged by insurance companies, doctors and families due to a “lack of evidence.” This is not factually-based reasoning and the NPDDF
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Tips to Help You Build Your Child’s Special Needs Team

Chicago Parent Magazine surprised us by writing an article called “4 tips to successfully build your child’s special needs team” based off a workshop some of our team members led at the Neighborhood Parents Network Resource Fair. Occupational therapist Michaja Prendergast, Speech-Language Pathologist Abby Foltz Hottle, and Developmental Therapist Lorell Marin shared some great insights there and a few tips the article highlights are: collect
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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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