Insurance

We currently are providers for the following insurance plans:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • CMS
  • Value Options

We do offer reasonable private pay options, especially with our interns.

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Sibshops®

Groups held throughout the year

Sibshops® is a fun-filled, interactive experience designed to affirm and support siblings ages 8-12, of those with special needs. Based on the national model, Sibshops® by Don Meyer, promotes interaction with others experiencing similar situations and feelings.

If you missed the May 2009 Lakeland Ledger article, read it now.

Sibling Support Project website.

Goals

  • Providing siblings an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting
  • Providing siblings with opportunities to discuss common joys and concerns with others siblings
  • Providing siblings with an opportunity to learn how others handle situations commonly experienced by siblings of children with special needs
  • Providing siblings with an opportunity to learn more about the implications of their siblings’ special needs.
  • Providing parents and other professionals with opportunities to learn more about the concerns and opportunities frequently experienced by siblings

Format

Ages: 8-12

Sessions: One hour groups held throughout the year

Group Size: 6 minimum to 12 maximum

Cost: $25 per session per child payable at first session. Family discount available for 2 or more family members attending. Package deals include pre-registering and pre-paying for advanced sessions; 3 sessions at $65.00 and 5 sessions for $99.00. Scholarships through CARD and Early Steps may be available, please contact us for additional information.

Donna Grosser

I began my journey into working with special needs children many years ago when my younger brother was born. My brother has High Functioning Autism. He is now a 42 year old marvel, working and living independently and very successfully. He has achieved a quality of life that is admirable and he is quite happy in his day to day living and relationships. As his sibling, I grew up with many of the same feelings and experiences many of the families I work with have expressed.

It has always been a desire of mine to provide a group for the siblings of the children and families I with whom I work. Many of these families have asked me frequently if I could provide this. Their children are in my office with their parents often, wishing they would get a turn too, playing and talking. I am experienced with facilitating groups as I offer many social skills groups every year as well as other groups such as study skills, divorce, and anger management.

As stated earlier, my mission is to provide siblings a place to meet, share, be affirmed, and interact with others with this common experience.

I am a certified group leader for Sibshops®. My overall goal is for this to be an ongoing group, open to new and old members each time it is offered, and to provide a community service we do not currently have available.

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Mental Health Counseling

Therapy services to address a multitude of emotional needs for children and adults. We prefer and use a cognitive-behavioral approach primarily with play therapy techniques for children incorporated as well

Specializing in Children and Families

Children are the focus at Family Learning Solutions, although at times the family and/or other family members including adults need additional help as well. Our therapy approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy, which addresses our underlying beliefs and thoughts and looks at ways to reframe and restructure those thoughts; developing coping skills and strategies to improve our quality of life; processing feelings surrounding issues and events in our lives; and play therapy for children which uses the medium of play to help children work through situations to develop a solution.

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Educational Interventions

Coming Soon

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Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to either interpret what they see and hear or to link information from different parts of the brain. Learning disabilities may affect a person’s ability to speak, listen, read, write, spell, reason, recall, organize information or to do mathematics. These disorders are seen in people who have normal intelligence but due to some differences in the connections in the brain, they affect various speech, articulations, coordination and academic aspects of the development.

Educational Assessment

Before beginning any type of educational intervention, an educational assessment is administered. This provides information on instructional levels in reading, writing and math; a brief screening to determine ability/aptitude; diagnostic interpretation of strengths and weaknesses in each academic area; and if needed, further visual and auditory processing assessments and checklists on behavior, attention, and sensory needs. A follow-up consultation, along with a report, are provided to summarize all of the above and provide recommendations and an interventions plan that addresses your child’s specific strengths and weaknesses in learning. Although we can not diagnose a learning disability or dyslexia, we can identify red flags and point you in the right direction if further evaluation is needed. Consultation is also available, if needed, to meet with parents for further assistance and to work with your child’s school by attending teacher conferences, staffings, or IEP meetings if requested.

Educational Therapy/Tutoring

At Family Learning Solutions, LLC, every child is an individual and is treated as such. We go beyond traditional tutoring. We offer traditional tutoring for all academic subjects, as well as test prep and study skills. We go beyond that though to also offer cognitive therapy that targets the underlying processes in the brain that can be affecting learning. Instead of bandaiding the problem, we go below the problem and strengthen it at its source. Our learning interventions are prescriptive because a plan is developed to meet your child’s specific needs; our counseling sessions and groups also keep every child and their unique situation foremost in our minds as we work to provide effective assistance

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Homeschooling

Home Schooling

FLS supports home schooling families by offering educational assessments, educational planning and consultation, intervention programs, and occasional parenting and home schooling meetings in the evenings. Educational assessments provide information regarding a child’s ability, grade levels in academic subjects, areas of weaknesses, learning style, auditory and visual processing, visual motor skills, and ability to attend and focus. With children with a diagnosed difficulty such as ADHD, these services may be covered by insurance. For those without insurance or without a diagnosis, FLS offers reduced rates to home schoolers in recognition of the sacrifice made in a family that chooses to educate their children at home.

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Depression

Not only adults become depressed. Children and teenagers also may suffer from depression. Depression is defined as an illness when it persists and interferes with the ability to function. About 5% of children and adolescents in the general population suffer from depression.

Children under stress, who experience loss or who have attention, learning, or conduct disorders are at a higher risk for depression. Depression also tends to run in families.

The behavior of depressed children and teenagers may differ from the behavior of depressed adults.

In children, the signs of depression often can differ than those in adults. Children exhibit depression often with excessive irritability, anger, and quick mood swings. It is not always the typical picture of depression such as withdrawal, fatigue, and loss of interest that is seen in adults. Child and adolescent psychiatrists advise parents to be aware of signs of depression in their youngsters.

In therapy, we work with children showing signs of depression by helping them process their feelings through play, drawings, games, books, and other expressive outlets. We help them identify their feelings, develop solutions and problem-solving skills and re-frame their thoughts into positive ones.

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Behavioral Concerns

Behavior problems at home can cause quite a toll on the family, disrupting family life and peace of mind. Support to work through these issues and determine a plan of action can make all the difference in lifestyle.

Generally behavior problems are a reflection of a combination of factors and can be improved with direct intervention. Our philosophy is about working together to ensure success with a positive behavior support plan. We work with you the parents to develop a plan that reinforces the behaviors you want to see in your child and home. At times, we also work with the child to assist in processing the feelings that are underlying the behavior. We also will look at other possible explanations for the behavior such as sensory issues or other environmental factors that can be altered to help regulate some of the behavior.

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Autism Spectrum

Family Autism Remediation

We offer many services to families and individuals dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our approach is individualized to fit each family and their needs. Our primary approach is to coach parents using a developmental model. We recognize that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder are often missing skills needed to develop relationships, interact with others and handle social situations.

Through our approach we combine current research to address the deficits seen in many with ASD, including flexible thinking, assessing social situations, communicating and referencing others’ communication, self-regulating, and interacting in a back and forth manner with others. Through a variety of means, parents are empowered to learn how to interact with their child within their daily routine in ways that encourage and promote learning opportunities to their child to develop these building blocks to success and progress.

We have had many successes at Family Learning Solutions with our approach and encourage you to call and see how we can help you.

Social Skills Groups

All age groups are offered 3 and up. If we do not currently have a group to fit your needs, we will work to develop a group that works for your child.

For those individuals who are not yet ready for group work, we will work individually with them following a similar structure to build competence and success until they can be incorporated into a peer group.

Groups consist of fun activities designed to promote relationship building, i.e. conversation circles, collaborative projects, simple to complex board games and group games, interactive activities, role-playing, and peer feedback.

Skills that are addressed range based on age but include joint attention, referencing a peer, working with a partner, friendship building, conversation, taking turns, playing a game, pretend play with a peer, joining in, good sportsmanship, and handling conflict.

Behavior Planning Assistance

A thorough analysis is done to assess an promote an understanding of your child’s behavior as well as developing strategies and techniques to manage and remediate. Social stories, applied behavior principles, sensory strategies, communication techniques, relationship building and positive behavior concepts are employed and custom-designed to fit your child’s unique temperament and abilities.

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Attention Problems

AD/HD symptoms usually arise in early childhood. Current diagnostic criteria indicate that the disorder is marked by behaviors that are long lasting and evident for at least six months, with onset before age seven. There are three primary subtypes, each associated with different symptoms.

Because everyone shows signs of these behaviors at one time or another, the guidelines for determining whether a person has AD/HD are very specific. In children, the symptoms must be more frequent or severe than in other children of the same age. In adults, the symptoms must be present since childhood and affect one’s ability to function in daily life. These behaviors must create significant difficulty in at least two areas of life, such as home, social settings, school, or work.

Our approach to working with ADHD begins with addressing and developing the executive skills needed to organize, plan, and carry out tasks. Skills and strategies are focused on that improve the ability to function successfully in school and life. Often, we combine this with study skills to enhance school performance as well.

AD/HD – Primarily Inattentive Type

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention
  • Does not appear to listen
  • Struggles to follow through on instructions
  • Has difficulty with organization
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Is easily distracted
  • Is forgetful in daily activities

AD/HD – Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive Type

  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair
  • Has difficulty remaining seated
  • Runs around or climbs excessively
  • Has difficulty engaging in activities quietly
  • Acts as if driven by a motor
  • Talks excessively
  • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • Has difficulty waiting or taking turns
  • Interrupts or intrudes upon others

AD/HD – Combined Type

Meets both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive criteria

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