Author - Lorell Marin, Erika Larson

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 Lorell Marin, MST, Developmental Therapist and Founder of LEEP Forward. Lorell has over 17 years experiences working with children with developmental differences in a variety of capacities including teacher, trainer, early intervention provider and currently founder and director of LEEP Forward. Lorell decided to create a program when she saw a gap in the services for children with special needs aged 3-5 once they aged out of early intervention. Lorell deeply believes in the potential of every child and focuses on the relationship model to support the children and families she works with.  Her eclectic approach holds DIR ®  (Developmental Individual-Difference Relationship-Based Therapy) at the center of the program and prioritizes a team approach.

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Having worked in the pediatric therapy field for a combined total of almost 30 years has been incredibly rewarding over our careers.  By understanding each child’s individual needs and connecting with them through the power of playful relationships, we have seen children with a variety of diagnoses make remarkable progress, transition into school programs and lead the fulfilling lives that their parents dreamed of for them.    

As moms of young children ourselves, we understand th...

Posted on August 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM by Lorell Marin, Erika Larson

Developmental Differences - Must-Have Chicago Resources

The idea for the NPN Developmental Differences Resource Fair began over a simple cup of coffee.  After participating in the October 2011 NPN school fair, our LEEP Forward team couldn’t help but realize a significant gap in resources available to Chicago parents who were perhaps most in need: those caring for children with developmental differences. While Chicago does, in fact, have a beautiful pool of resources that are available, it became clear that locating proper resources was far more...

Posted on March 05, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Lorell Marin, Erika Larson

Setting your child up for success!

Does your child have difficulty attending in class? Are you told your child does not stay with the group for circle time or a group activity? Does your child have difficulty attending to a task? Does your child engage with other kids? Many times we meet children or receive referrals from different programs because a child is having a difficult time attending or following the “rules”. Once we implement a few strategies some of these children are then able to take in information and learn al...

Posted on February 02, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Lorell Marin, Erika Larson