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Spread the Cheer and Volunteer this Holiday Season

How can you spread the joy of the holiday season? By volunteering! The rapid pace of modern life can make finding the time to volunteer seem impossible. However, volunteering offers numerous benefits for you, your family, and your community. I[...]

Can Therapy Help With Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are not just about eating or not eating. They are actually a body image issue that can be helped with therapy. Like other mental illnesses, someone suffering from an eating disorder may not show visible signs of doing so. Eatin[...]

Tips for Practicing Self-Care Around the Holidays

Taking a few moments to reflect and relax will help you feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. With the holidays ramping up, people everywhere are suffering from a lack of self-care. Self-care is vital for well-being and is especially i[...]

The Categories of Mental Illnesses

There are many different types of mental illnesses. But with a little help, you can start to feel normal again. While it may seem like you are alone with your mental illness, there are many different people suffering from many different types o[...]

The Types of 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 experien[...]

October is Sensory Processing Awareness Month!

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 entir[...]

All About 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 disabi[...]

Second Annual Employment Awards

David 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 D[...]

What are 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 o[...]

Family Counseling and Divorce: How It Can Help Your Children

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 c[...]

Question to Ask Your Marriage Counselor

What are some things you would like to ask your marriage counselor? Everyone enters their marriage expecting it to be easy. You’ve been with your spouse years before being married so you think you know each other well enough to commit the rest [...]

How to Help Someone with PTSD

How can you help someone living with PTSD? We all know when someone we love is suffering even if they don’t show it. But when someone you care about if suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can leave you feeling overwhelmed, [...]

What is Asperger Syndrome?

It can be hard for children with Asperger syndrome to engage in everyday activities. Asperger syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that is on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum. The symptoms of Asperger syndrome ranges from mil[...]

The Difference Between Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Do you know what the difference between an intellectual and a developmental disability are? There are many different terms to describe a disability but when it comes down to it, there are two different categories for them: intellectual and deve[...]

What You Can Do to Prevent Teen Suicide

Every parent should know the warning signs of teen suicide. In 2014, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States with 42,773 deaths. With teenage suicide making headlines, it is no wonder that parents everywhere are wonder[...]

Psychologist versus Psychiatrist: What is the Difference?

Do you know the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist? Psychologist and psychiatrist are two terms that are often confused. But these two terms mean completely different things. While they both study the brain, emotions, thoughts[...]

The History of American Sign Language

American Sign Language allows people of all different ages to connect with one another. From medical exam rooms to speeches to church services, American Sign Language can be found in the most extraordinary places. It has helped people heal when[...]

Coping with Grief and Loss: How Grief Counseling Can Help

Grief is a complicated process and can be helped with grief counseling and support. Losing someone or something you love is one of the most painful experiencing in the world. It can bring on a myriad of different emotions and at times these emo[...]

What is Fragile X Syndrome?

Do you know what Fragile X Syndrome is? Fragile X syndrome is not as wide known as other developmental disorders like autism. Fragile X syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by a change in the person’s genes. This disorder is caused when change[...]

Pokémon GO Reportedly Helping Individuals with ASD

Everyone is talking about Pokemon GO. What is your ASD child missing out on? Since its release on July 6th, the Niantic and Nintendo app Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm and mainstream media by storm. If you have not heard about Pokémon [...]