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Archive for October, 2016

The Types of Job Shadowing

Friday, October 28th, 2016
job shadowing

Job shadowing helps individuals with developmental disabilities gain experience and confidence in their abilities.

Job shadowing is a great way for people with developmental disabilities to find their purpose in life. This special work experience opportunity allows people with disabilities to gain knowledge about a job they are interested in. But did you know there are a few different types of job shadowing that you loved one can try? Most people think of job shadowing as strictly an observational period. But this is not the only type of job shadowing there is. There are actually three different types of job shadowing, including observation, regular briefings, and hands on. Let’s take a look at the different types of job shadowing. (more…)

October is Sensory Processing Awareness Month!

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Sensory Processing Disorder

People of all ages can have problems dealing with sensory processing disorder. But with the right help and coping methods, you may be able to overcome them.

Did you know that October is National Sensory Processing Awareness Month? For the entire month of October, teachers, parents, therapists, and caregivers work together to spread awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder. But many people are not even aware of what Sensory Processing Disorder is. So why not take the time to become familiar with this disorders. Let’s take a look at this disorder and what you can do to help! (more…)

What are Anxiety Disorders?

Friday, October 14th, 2016
anxiety disorders

While anxiety is a part of life, anxiety disorders can be crippling if not dealt with properly.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in many different situations. From alerts you to possible danger to helping you focus on something important, anxiety is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong. But anxiety disorders differ from the normal anxiety feelings others may experience. But how do these disorders differ from the usual reactions? Let’s take a look at anxiety disorders and how they can be treated. (more…)

Second Annual Employment Awards

Friday, October 14th, 2016

David Broggin and Nelson TarrDavid Broggin, a client of FSF and Nelson Tarr, with the Maryland School for the Deaf, receive awards from Andy Kolp, Chairperson of the PG County Providers Council at its Second Annual Employment Awards Breakfast.  The Maryland School for the Deaf was cited for its record of hiring individuals with disabilities and Mr. Broggin as an individual achieving
notable success in the work environment.  Congratulations David and Nelson!

All About Weighted Blankets

Friday, October 14th, 2016
weighted blankets

While everyone loves a blanket to snuggle up in, a weighted blanket may have some positive effects on your loved ones with all types of disabilities.

A weighted blanket is the newest accessories for children and adults with developmental disabilities. These blankets are basically two pieces of fabric that are sewn together into squares with a filler to make them heavy. Weighted blankets come in all sizes and weights and can be used for a variety of purposes. Individuals with ADHD, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, and other disabilities can benefit from the use of a weighted blanket. But how can you use a weighted blanket? Read on to find out. (more…)

Family Counseling and Divorce: How It Can Help Your Children

Friday, October 7th, 2016
family counseling and divorce

Let us help your children through your divorce.

Divorces can be a stressful time for the entire family, but can be especially tough on children. This time can cause feelings of loss, sadness, depression, confusion, and even anger. While young children often lack words to express these feelings, older children may be more vocal about their feelings. But no matter the age, children everywhere may feel like the divorce is their fault. During this time, it is important for parents to not only speak with the children themselves, but to also offer them additional support by seeking professional help. A family counselor may be able to help your child. So how can you and a family counselor help your child through a divorce? Read on to find out.

Take Care of Your Child’s Needs

Even though you are busy with your own stuff, it is important for you to make sure your children are taken care of. Children depend on you and they need to know you are still capable of taking care of the family’s needs and decisions. It is important not to change their routine too much in order to keep their stability. It is important for children to know that regardless of which parent is taking care of them, they will always have clean clothes, something to eat, and a bed time they can depend on.

Reassuring Your Children

When things change, it is always to reassure your children that things will be alright. Take the time to listen to their concerns and try to understand their point of view. It is also extremely important to assure them that it is not their fault and that it is alright to be upset.

Try Family Counseling

While you may be reassuring your children that everything is alright, it may be helpful for your children to visit a family counselor. Family counseling is often an outlet for children who are experiencing problems and are unable to talk about them with their parents. This counseling can help settle your child’s fears and help reassure them that this divorce is not their own fault. A family counselor will also help you figure out what you child is feeling and how you can help address these problems on your own.

Divorce can be extremely difficult and stressful for children. But with family counseling, your children will be able to deal with their feelings. For more information on our counseling services, call Family Service Foundation today!

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At Family Service Foundation (FSF), a social services organization in Baltimore, Maryland, we are dedicated to providing advocacy and support to individuals with mental and physical disabilities that have recently left inpatient settings. Integration back into the community can be difficult; for that reason, each member of our team works to provide services specifically tailored to each individual and family that we work with. We believe that all individuals can achieve their highest levels of social, physical, and emotional well-being in the community when they have the proper support. FSF specializes in serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. We also have American Sign Language interpreters on staff at all of our locations for the convenience of our Deaf and hard of hearing clients. For more information about The Family Service Foundation, please visit our website at or give us a call at 301-459-2121.
5301 76th Ave
Landover Hills