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Teachers & Therapists

Lorell founded L.E.E.P. Forward 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, families and therapists of LEEP Forward. Her eclectic approach holds DIR® (Developmental Individual-Difference Relationship-Based Therapy) at the center of the program and prioritizes a team approach. She received her Masters of Science in Teaching from Pace University, Manhattan, N.Y and her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Richard Stockton State College, N.J. and Special Education certification through Felician College, NJ. Also, she has been credentialed as a Developmental Therapist in Illinois.

In addition to formal education Lorell continues to educate herself on best-practices in order to provide a dynamic and therapeutic program to both her clients and staff.

Credentials include the following:

* Developmental Individual-Difference Relationship-Based Therapy (DIR® /Floortime)/Level 3 Certificate Candidate * Certification through Profectum as a Developmental Therapist * Child Developmental Specialist/ Early Intervention * Relationship Developmental Intervention (RDI®) Consultant * Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) * TEACCH * SCERTS * Sensory Integration Praxis Training (SIPT) * Affect Based Language Curriculum (ABLC) * Certified Music Together Teacher

Lorell is a member of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL)

Christine Chirchirillo

Katia Mazuy

Benjamin Crabtree

Julie Ludwick, ATR, LCPC

Tommy Mock

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