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City Elementary A brand-new school is launching in Chicago this fall. City Elementary will offer an educational program tailored to children with diverse learning styles and developmental needs in kindergarten through second grade. As an extension of the philosophy and methods of pediatric therapeutic services center LEEP Forward, City Elementary will provide a strong education while simultaneously encouraging regulation, social engagement, and peer interactions.

Using a range of teaching modalities based around the unique needs and interests of each student, City Elementary will offer a safe and nurturing place for learning and growing that respects the developmental readiness of each child. Through an understanding of the inner life of each student, City Elementary will foster empathy, confidence, kindness, and a life-long love of learning. Students will learn the core curriculum and endeavor to meet the benchmarks established by Illinois State Standards and Common Core Standards. The school’s project- and play-based experiential approach will allow children to co-create the learning experience based on their passions.


Cawn-Krantz & Associates, Ltd.  Cawn-Krantz, also located in the same building as LEEP Forward, is a pediatric clinic providing cutting-edge interventions for children and their families. Our interdisciplinary staff -licensed and experienced speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, developmental therapists, and social workers—are experts in providing individual assessments and interventions based on a child’s unique profile.


Erin Anderson Associates  Erin Anderson is a member of the clinical faculty at Saint Louis University. She has spoken at numerous private schools in the Chicagoland area educating both parents and teachers on topics of fine motor development and sensory processing.


Now available online and by private appointment, I’m thrilled to be able to devote 100% of my business to supporting and improving the lives of children and families who are struggling with sensory challenges. I work one-on-one with parents, educators, therapists, clinics and schools to make finding what you need easy and to ensure that inclusion extends beyond the classroom! 

Check out my blog posts for information about all of these topics and more at http://bellybummom.blogspot.com

Erikson Institute  Erikson Institute is an esteemed child development institute in Chicago.  Erikson is a graduate school offering graduate degrees in various fields related to child development and education.  Erikson provides clinical services for children and families (Center for Children and Families) and participates in a vast number of research and community initiatives.  LEEP Forward is proud to collaborate with Erikson to support children and families as well as to be a popular internship site for Erikson graduate students.


Profectum Foundation is a non-profit organization based in New Jersey working to address one of the fastest growing childhood epidemics of our time – autism spectrum disorder (ASD or autism). The prevalence of autism has grown to 1 in 88 children – a rate that is greater than all “non-routine” childhood diseases such as diabetes and cancers combined!  While researchers work to understand the cause and develop medical treatments, intervention support to help individuals on the spectrum develop cognitive, speech, physical and social interaction skills remains the only near-term solution. The current state of intervention support, however, falls far short of what is needed.

Profectum Foundation seeks to address the two most critical needs: 1) training practitioners and parents to increase the supply of trained people capable of working with individuals on the spectrum; and 2) creating a framework (called the Foundational Capacities for Development) to help parents, practitioners, educators, etc. integrate the multitude of intervention approaches to apply the most relevant intervention at the right time to address a person’s specific needs. We aim to train thousands of practitioners over the next 5 years through use of technologies to accelerate pace of training while reducing the associated time and financial expense.

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