Therapeutic Preschool Admission:
A complimentary 45-minute consultation and informal assessment will be provided to discuss which program/group is a best fit for your child. This may be followed by a formal assessment as needed and a review of previous records and/or consults with previous treating therapists. A trial day may be set up to see what supports are needed in a group setting.
Therapeutic Preschool Program:
L.E.E.P. Forward therapeutic programs are a set of comprehensive therapeutic services created to support children with social communication, sensory and emotional regulation challenges. We rely on efficacy-based practices to provide a uniquely individualized learning and therapeutic program within a small group of peers. LEEP Forward follows the principles of the DIR® /Floortime™ (Developmental, Individual- Differences, Relationship Based) model. We are dedicated to providing a unique program, which tailors learning experiences to each child’s individual differences. Our goal is to help children move through the developmental levels for relating, communicating, thinking and learning. Building relationships and social interactions are the foundations of our program. We believe that by following a child’s interest and supporting his/her ideas that he/she becomes more actively engaged in the learning process. Semi-structure and structured activities are also build into the day. Additionally, educational goals are tailored to each child’s interest and preferred learning style. We encourage parents to be active participants in their child’s programming. We offer parent training and home sessions in addition to frequent parent meetings. LEEP Forward believes in an individualized approach in order to adhere to each child’s individualized needs and profile. Individual developmental therapy is provided for each child as part of the program. Each group also receives consults from speech and occupational therapists as well as our social worker.
A.M. Therapeutic Preschool Program:
We offer four different morning groups from 8:45am-11:30am, Monday-Thursday and every other Friday. Each peer group is led by a Developmental Therapist (DT) and supported by an Occupational Therapist (OT) , Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) and Social Worker (SW)
P.M. Therapeutic Preschool Program:
We offer four different afternoon groups from 12:30-2:45, Monday-Thursday and every other Friday. Each peer group is led by a Developmental Therapist (DT) and supported by an Occupational Therapist (OT) and a Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP).
Our groups use a developmental model that utilizes the DIR/Floortime™ approach and places emphasis on regulation, engagement and shared attention within the daily schedule and a child’s individual goals. Groups also emphasize creative and symbolic play, social problem solving, peer interactions, increasing circles of communication as well as beginning academic concepts through various approaches/themes. Additionally, learning to follow a group lead, transitions and beginning classroom protocols will be incorporated into the daily routine. Children are also supported to develop social cognition, perspective-taking/Theory of Mind, and back-and-forth interactions with peers including conversations, turn-taking, and playing games. Each day is structured to provide a predictable flow to the day supported by visuals and sensory supports. Within the program there is time for “Floortime™.” This allows therapists to follow each child’s lead and expand on his or her ideas to ensure he or she is regulated, engaged and connected to the activity. Therapists will support the development of concepts such as sequencing, multi-step directions and group lesson facilitation.
*Group sizes are small to ensure individualized support. Children will be placed in the appropriate developmental group based on their developmental level and sensory profiles.
*Children have the option to enroll in multiple programs in order to meet their individual needs.
We offer parent training and home sessions in addition to frequent parent meetings.
L.E.E.P. Forward also provides related services including an onsite Occupational Therapist (OT), Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) and Social Work (SW) . We encourage outside related service team members to co-treat on site as well as consistent consultation and collaboration.