What We Do
Who we are
Little Leaf is a non-profit organization providing intense quality early interventions for infants, toddlers, and young children with Down syndrome. We are a team of educators and therapists with expertise in the areas of education, social skills, behavioral, fine motor, speech, and feeding for children with Down syndrome. Our staff has a combined 21 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, and young children with Down syndrome. We are focused on improving the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. We are a very small non-profit with limited resources. Because of our limited resources, we can only serve a limited number of children a year. Our therapists can see 25 - 30 clients, while our early intervention classroom can only serve 15 - 20 children a year.
Mommy and Me
Mommy and Me classes are developed for parents and their children up to 18 months. Parents learn about their child's development and interventions to do at home to help minimize the delays their child may experience due to their Down syndrome diagnosis.
Little Leaf has an amazing speech therapist who has a deep understanding of the needs of children with Down syndrome. She is focused on developing oral-facial muscles and movements for safe feeding and speech production. She also incorporates receptive and expressive language concepts into therapy.
Little Leaf also has an outstanding occupational therapist who has worked solely with children with Down syndrome for the past three years. This gives her insight into the best practices for babies and toddlers with Down syndrome.
Little Leaf takes most insurances, including Medicaid; we will work with you to ensure you are not overburdened with medical expenses from our therapy services.
Early Intervention Group classes
Early Intervention classes are designed for children with Down syndrome from 18 months - to 6 years. Children have expert teachers using proven methods for teaching children with Down syndrome. Children develop speech, gross and fine motor, cognitive, and behavioral skills needed for success now and long term in their classes. Parents and children will learn to potty train using a potty training method developed by Little Leaf. This method has successfully potty trained many children with Down syndrome. When starting the program early, children as young as two years can be potty trained. In most cases, our students are potty trained by the time they enter kindergarten.