LEAP is an acronym for: Learning Experiences: An Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Parents. LEAP Preschool provides high quality early intervention services to preschool children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their typically-developing peers. It reflects a naturalistic, inclusive developmental approach for teaching children in an early childhood environment. This approach focuses on enhancing the skills of children with autism through interaction and play with typically-developing peers. The LEAP model is one of the most extensively validated intervention programs in early childhood special education history.
Family involvement is essential for the success of the children who participate in LEAP Preschool programs. To help families better understand and reinforce the skills their child is learning, LEAP Preschool offers basic behavior management training for parents. This training provides parents with the necessary knowledge to teach their children new skills at home.
Our Sharpsburg building houses 3 LEAP classrooms each consisting of 4 children with autism and 8 typically developing children. LEAP classrooms at Lifesteps in Butler, PA and the Children’s Center for Creative Learning in the Sewickley YMCA maintain the same ratio of 2 typically developing children for every student with autism, but may have more children in the classroom.
The goal of LEAP Preschool is for all children to reach their full potential so they are best able to benefit from the curriculum in their home school district. In the last five years over 60% of children diagnosed with autism who attended LEAP Preschool entered the regular education setting in their home school district.
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For more information and to refer a student to LEAP call 412-749-2805 or 866-893-4751 x2805.