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LEEP provides 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!
Profectum Foundation’s mission is to advance models of developmentally based interventions for individuals with autism spectrum and sensory processing challenges and other special needs that establish the foundational capacities necessary for progress across the lifespan. We provide established in-depth training programs that guide parents, multidisciplinary professionals, paraprofessionals and community resources in identifying needs, assessment, and interventions that will meet the needs and challenges ahead.
The PLAY Project’s mission is to train a global network of pediatric professionals to deliver an evidence-based, low-cost, intensive developmental intervention to families of young children with autism spectrum disorders. PLAY Project is an evidenced-based parent-mediated autism intervention model that can be learned and delivered by experts in child development. PLAY Project offers a certification training and supervision combination that prepares trainees to deliver the intervention with fidelity (in accordance with the research).
Erikson Institute is an independent institution of higher education that prepares child development and family service professionals for leadership. Through its academic programs, applied research, and community service and engagement, Erikson advances the ability of practitioners, researchers, and decision makers to improve life for children and their families.
The Institute is a catalyst for discovery and change, continually bringing the newest scientific knowledge and theories of children’s development and learning into its classrooms and out to the community so that professionals serving children and families are informed, inspired, and responsive.