LEEP Forward Therapeutic group 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.
We offer A.M. and P.M. therapeutic preschool programs. Each peer group is led by a lead facilitator or therapist and supported by an Occupational Therapist (OT) , Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), Social Worker (SW), Physical Therapists (PT), Developmental Therapist (DT) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Small group sizes allow for 1:1 or 2:1 support.
A complimentary 45-minute consultation and informal assessment will be provided to discuss which program/group may be a fit for your child. This will be followed by a formal assessment 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 and determining best fit for placement. Next steps include a formal assessment to determine therapeutic goals and create an individualized treatment plan.
The LEEP Model
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. LEEP Forward marries the methodology and best practices of DIR Floortime and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to create an individualized program for each child.
Our groups 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.