Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracey Stoll.
Tracey, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Started company Jan. 2009 from home at urging from colleagues and friends to consult and share my unique knowledge set with others. In 8 years, company has worked with more than 15 school districts, multiple private families and community organizations; and consistently services over 80 clients a week. Clients range in age from 3 years to 18 years, and their families/guardians. Clients are typically diagnosed with a Social Communication Deficit such as: Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s Disorder/Social communication Disorder, Anxiety, ADHD/ADD, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, Mood Disorder, Dyslexia, etc. Some clients are not medically diagnosed but experience social challenges frequently. Learning Solutions, LLC is a Social-Emotional Learning Center specializing in services of: Social Skills groups, Social Skills coaching, Social Community outings and recreational clubs, SEL curriculum design, Educational and Behavioral consultation and training, Educational program observation, IEP/504 Consultation, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychotherapy, Behavioral Counseling, ABA Tutoring, Executive Function coaching, and Parent and Professional training. Learning Solutions is staffed with a multi-discipline team of providers licensed in: Special Education, Speech and Language Pathology, Board Certification in Behavior Analysis, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Licensed staff are supported by specially trained Advanced Certified Autism Specialist, team of Social and Behavioral Coaches, and Social Therapy Service dog “Monty.”
As the owner of Learning Solutions, I am committed to providing a safe, practice place where social learners struggling to feel successful and functional around others, can find the instruction, support and coaching needed to strengthen and develop essential communication and behavior skills. Personally, I was inspired not only by being raised in a family of Educators, but continually by my 3 sons and their own Social Learning Challenges and family needs.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. I always knew I wanted a career in education and helping struggling learners. I initially chose a Business career path in Speech Communication, but changed directions and pursued a dual Masters Degree in Spec. Ed./Elem.Ed. My initial teaching experiences were within integrated, co-taught early childhood classrooms. In my late 20’s my direction changed again. I was told that I would be medically unable to have children. After several years of unsuccessful medical intervention, my husband and I adopted our first son at birth. Right before his 2nd birthday, he was diagnosed with ASD, learning disabilities, and behavioral health challenges. Soon after, I was surprised to find out our first biological son was conceived.
Shortly after his third birthday he was diagnosed with ASD and learning disabilities.
Trying to balance my career and the necessary services our sons needed on a daily basis, required me to take a leave from work and choose family. For the next 7 years I drove my sons to therapies, school, and treatments equally close to 40 hours or more a week. I found that my knowledge in education and work with students with special needs was both a blessing and a curse. School teams were not as collaborative as I anticipated, we required advocates and attorneys to access medically necessary treatments and services for our sons, financially we were drowning, emotionally we were drowning; and within this we unexpectedly conceived our third son, who is neurotypical. We struggled to survive financially, emotionally, as a couple, and as individuals who had not “planned” our life to lead this direction. During these years I was contacted by colleagues who had worked with me in the past to teach social skills groups and curriculum. I was offered per dium work continuing to do so. Realizing that I had a unique skill set of personal experience blended with professional experience, I decided to open Learning Solutions not only for my own family; but to for others as well. It has been a financial endeavor of challenges to run a small business within the cultures of educational and behavioral health industries. Yet the work we are committed to doing for struggling learners rises to the top, even on our most exhausted days. We are a small business that continues to grow due to significant need.
We work through funding of private pay fee for service, and recently transitioned to being credentialed with some insurance networks. Our future plan is to move towards non-profit status as well. Running the company and running my complex household presents many challenges daily; but it gives me much fulfillment as well.
Learning Solutions – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I have trademarked and continue to develop the Social Executive Function Curriculum templates/visuals that instruct “Social Notes About People S.N.A.P.” (R). I have also trademarked and continue to develop the “Social Fit(R) Program” that provides Social Scaffolding instruction to high functioning, challenged learners who integrate community, recreational programs and organizations with their neurotypical peers.
Learning Solutions has received accolades of: “Norwood Best Social Learning Center” 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; Best of Boston Parents’ Paper (Top 5 and #1) in more than one category 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; and I recently received the Margaret Bauman Early Intervention Provider of the Year 2016 Award from organization of medical physicians and colleagues.
Learning Solutions is best known for an expert staff that values and understands Social-Emotional development in youth; and are committed to help each youth and their family find the functional success they deserve in the world!
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Personally: I continually strive for balance and well-being in my family and personal life.
If I can provide, my family is healthy and happy, and my children are developing into the best versions of themselves; I consider that success. However, it is a never-ending job.
Professionally: Short-term I define success as observing growth in clients and staff; observing increased confidence and personal sense of value in clients; witnessing families breathe, smile and connect with one another, walking into a school building and feeling the air of genuine inclusion and respect for all learners.
Long term: Financial stability and growth that results in sustainable services for clients and families; little turn over in staff team, ability to offer scholarship services, ability to continue creating available servicing that meets the changing needs of our clientele, publishing our practice-driven curriculum and results, and standing back able to watch Learning Solutions take on a life of its own whether I am at the forefront or not.
- Address: Learning Solutions, LLC
49 Walpole St., Suite 1
Norwood, MA 02062
- Website: www.learningsolutionsforme.com
- Phone: 7817623750
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Learning Solutions, LLC