Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates

Educational Services       Meet our Specialists       Frequently asked...

Tutoring and Educational Services

Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates has expanded its services to include world-class, individualized tutoring and educational services to children, adolescents, and young adults specifically tailored to meet the student's needs.

Our Educational Specialists work confidently with students from pre-K through college to enhance academic progress and promote development and growth. The scope of their efforts extend beyond what is typically provided by a tutor or special educator. Some examples of these enriched services include introducing new learning strategies for students with ADHD, autism, or learning disabilities, teaching organizational and self-advocacy skills crucial to success in middle and high school, and finding systems to motivate a student who has come to feel defeated by academics.

In addition to being highly effective with students, our Tutoring and Educational Specialists work collaboratively with parents and professionals to develop a supportive and coordinated team. This type of integrated care often produces results that are greater than the sum of their parts. These consultative services might include helping parents set up a structure for homework completion and studying, communicating directly with classroom teachers, attending IEP meetings, and consulting with mental health professionals. FPPA has long-recognized the value of well-coordinated care and is excited to have education directly included in our "in-house" network of consultation.

Perhaps even more striking than the observable growth and maturity that our students gain is the warm and positive relationship that is developed with our Tutoring and Educational Specialist. From this relationship, students develop more confidence, greater academic initiative, improved academic performance, and better interpersonal relationships with less conflict.

Our Tutoring and Educational Specialists are outcome-oriented, flexible and deeply committed to finding the best, individualized path to success.

Tutoring and Educational Services provided

Educational Assistance 

  • Individual, one-on-one tutoring in the home setting (or elsewhere)
  • Home-school teaching
  • Long-term and brief interventions to help students catch up to grade-level
  • Specialty subject assistance (e.g. foreign language, math)
  • Special student-population expertise (working with individuals with autism/Asperger's individuals, disabled students, cognitively impaired, etc.)
  • Assistance for students with ADHD (non-pharmacologic approach)
  • Progress monitor specific challenge areas (with or without school assistance)
  • SAT/GRE/ACT preparation
  • GED/Diploma preparation
  • EOG/EOC preparation
  • Revision and editing support of written work
  • College entrance and application support

Techniques for Success

  • Help improve compliance with school/classroom attendance
  • Establish study schedule/area best suited to learning needs within the home
  • Creation and implementation of behavior intervention plans for home and/or school
  • Academic goal setting, plan and monitoring for achievement
  • Teach good study skills and techniques
  • Test-taking strategies (assessed and specifically tailored to the student's needs)
  • Prioritizing and setting goals/time management
  • Project planning
  • Organizational skills building and support
  • Building confidence and self-advocacy
  • Mentoring parent support for success at home

Evaluations 

  • Interpretation of psycho-educational testing (school and/or private testing)
  • Strategic planning regarding psycho-educational testing results
  • Translation of psycho-educational testing to real world, school setting
  • Monitoring (ongoing) for school progress (and revising as needed)
  • Identifying student's strengths and weaknesses
  • Identifying best tools to help each student learn
  • Help improve quality of instruction for student
  • Consult with other health-care providers, as needed, in a multidisciplinary approach

School Liaison

  • Consultation with teachers/disability services with schools/universities regarding learning progress
  • Attending IEP/PEP/RTI/504/BIP and/or parent-teacher conference meetings at school
  • Private communications with teachers to set goals and monitor progress
  • Support/Guide parents as they navigate the school system and instructional policies
  • Advocate for child utilizing knowledge of WCPSS to maximize opportunities for student

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Educational Services       Meet our Specialists       Frequently asked...

Elizabeth Hanna, M.Ed. brings a new dimension to the services we offer. Ms. Hanna is an Educational Specialist and Consultant with over ten years of experience as a classroom teacher, including six years with the Wake County Public School System. She has worked with families of students facing academic and/or behavioral challenges throughout her career. Through implementation of various creative plans, she has successfully transformed many children's struggles in the classroom into success. Outside of the classroom, she has worked with students one-on-one and in small-group sessions for the last eight years. During this time, she also worked with families and school systems to create solutions to ensure academic success. By working with families, she has helped to create a successful learning environment within their home and equip families with tools to help their child succeed.

Elizabeth Hanna earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Pennsylvania State University. Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York City and began her teaching career as a fifth and sixth grade teacher. During this time, she earned her Master's Degree in Education from Queens College. While in New York City, she worked with students with academic challenges by being involved in a weekly after-school tutorial program. Additionally, she did home visits with students during this time to ensure their success. She later moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she continued her career in education and honed in on her delivery of professional development on reading, writing, and classroom management. In 2006, she moved to the Raleigh area and continued her career through employment with the Wake County Public School System. She also continued the pursuit of her education by taking doctoral level coursework in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development. While in the Raleigh area, she has worked with students and families on supporting challenged learners. She has worked with students from pre-kindergarten through college who face academic struggles to ensure their success, and has helped families obtain and analyze psychological testing in order to implement changes at school through 504 plans, IEPs (Individualized Education Programs), and PEPs (Personalized Education Plans).

All these experiences have equipped Ms. Hanna to take education and academic performance to the next level through a novel and unique, expertly guided, personalized approach available at FPPA.

 

Rebekah Reynolds is the most recent addition to FPPA and continues to expand our offered services by increasing the afternoon and evening availability of our Educational Specialists and Consultants. Ms. Reynolds has over six years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher in Wake County Public Schools. She has worked with families of students facing academic and/or behavioral challenges throughout her career by implementing creative plans for student success. Ms. Reynolds is particularly adept at relating to students and building upon this relationship to enhance their ability to succeed!

Rebekah Reynolds earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a focus on English from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Shortly thereafter, she moved to the Raleigh area and began teaching elementary school in the Wake County Public School System. She has always had a passion for children who face challenge in school and found herself drawn towards being an Student Support Team (SST) member. Outside of the classroom, she has worked with students and their families by providing one-on-one instruction in areas of challenge. She has helped these students create tools for success both in and out of the classroom by focusing on their strengths and learning styles. Her approach to learning is individualized and focuses on the whole child by promoting a student's ability to self advocate!

 

Kelli Fuhrmann, M.S.Ed. joined FPPA in 2012 as an Educational Specialist and Consultant with a dual certification in elementary and special education. She brings over 7 years of experience to the team as a special educator within the Wake County Public School System. Ms. Fuhrmann believes that every individual has a unique learning style and is capable of achieving their personal best. Her specific areas of expertise include providing explicit and individual instruction and strategies to students from pre-K through college. She is knowledgeable with the process of RtI (Response to Intervention), creating and implementing IEPs (Individualized Education Plans), 504 Plans, and BIPs (Behavioral Intervention Plans). She works collaboratively with teachers and parents to provide a successful learning environment.

Ms. Fuhrmann earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from Daemen College in Buffalo, New York. After graduation, she moved to the Raleigh area to begin her career as an educator. During that time, she earned her Master's degree in Education with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Fuhrmann has always had a passion for supporting students facing academic, behavioral, and/or emotional challenges. She is particularly adept at creating innovative strategies for both home and school to support a student with learning differences.

 

Erik M. Russ, M.A., M.A.T. is a high-energy Educational Specialist and Consultant, experienced working with diverse student populations in The Triangle. He taught at Carrboro High School in Orange County, while completing his M.A.T at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Erik has also been a private tutor, independently and with a tutoring service. As a tutor, he assisted students of all ages, grade-levels, and ability levels. He has worked with students with identified learning disabilities as well as students identified as gifted. While his degree specialties qualify him in English, Language Arts, History, Social Studies, Communication Skills, and writing, he also has extensive experience and comfort working with Math subjects through Calculus and high school science courses. In addition to his experience with individual educational management, Erik is also a College and Career Readiness instructor with Wake Technical Community College.

Erik Russ graduated from North Carolina State University with a Masters in English Literature in May of 2013. Prior to that, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with a Masters in Teaching, and in 2010, Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor in English and Modern European History. While a student, Erik was a Resident's Advisor for three years, assisting students with personal and academic questions and struggles.

Erik focuses his academic management on three aspects of a student's school-life: areas of academic concern, such as subject areas or concepts within subject areas, study and organization strategies, and reframing a student's relationship with school. For specific academic issues, Erik identifies a student's preferred learning method, whether that be visual, auditory, tactile, or otherwise, and he guides the student toward productive subject and concept exploration in a way intuitive to the student. Organization patterns are useful at any stage of life, and the earlier they are adopted the more effective and consistent they will become later. Effective study strategies are taught in tandem with specific content and practical methods of organization including, but not limited to, folders, filing systems, and color-coding. Reframing a student's perspective on her or his education is perhaps the most important aspect of a student's academic work with Erik. "Reframing" essentially means changing how one thinks about one's education. Students are compelled to exert conscious effort about changing the way she or he thinks about school and one's role in one's own education. The ultimate goal is that the student develops academic independence and self-accountability while learning discipline and constructing an education-centered self-esteem.

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Educational Services       Meet our Specialists       Frequently asked...

 

Q: What is the difference between an Educational Specialist/Consultant and a tutor?

A: While tutors are readily available in the Triangle, they are not always equipped to meet students' unique learning needs. The philosophy of many tutors is to review tests/quizzes that were completed in class, explaining concepts in areas of weakness and encouraging review and repetition in those areas. Although this can be a valuable form of review or remediation for some students, it is a reactive approach to addressing problem areas. Students who have different learning styles or disabilities may need an alternate set of tools to process and retain information and to later retrieve and produce it for an assignment or exam. For those students, this reactive form of tutoring can be tedious and frustrating, as it does not address the broader, more pervasive learning differences that interfere with the student learning the material effectively in the first place.

Alternatively, our Educational Specialist works with the whole student rather than just focusing on an isolated subject or concept. Through a comprehensive assessment of the student, his/her educational and testing history, environmental influences, and any relevant emotional or behavioral factors, our Specialist guides the student towards recognizing his/her strengths and relative weaknesses as they relates to learning styles. Information that might have initially been taught in a manner that seems confusing can be reintroduced with an alternative approach that suits the students' learning style. Through this process, students become more attuned to their learning needs and begin to advocate for themselves by asking the right types of questions to solicit information in a way that makes sense to them. The ultimate goal is to help a student develop the skills needed to achieve success independently.

Through the development of a close and collaborative relationship, many students can reduce conflict with parents or other care-takers and teachers as their frustration is reduced, their confidence is increased, and they learn better social skills. Additionally, unlike most tutors, our Specialist emphasizes learning better organizational skills (e.g., keeping an agenda, organizing notes and papers, turning in homework) that are customized to work for the student. Many times, students are forced to work with a pre-determined style of organization. Our Educational Specialist customizes the organizational techniques to meet the individual needs of the student.

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Q:Where can my child meet with the Educational Specialist?

A:One of the wonderful aspects of our Educational Division at FPPA is that our Specialist can meet your child almost anywhere. By meeting in a setting that is most appropriate for the students' needs, he/she is able to overcome environmental hurdles immediately. Our Educational Specialist currently meets students at coffee shops, libraries, their homes and even parks.

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Q: What type of time commitment must I make?

A: There is no pre-set time commitment for these services. You can arrange for one-time consultations, specifically planned number of meetings or on-going collaboration that remains flexible and available to meet your specific needs. Flexibility is important as you may discover methods that work better (or are less effective) as your efforts grow. This flexibility allows for adaptation to what works best for the student.

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Q: What are my payment options?

A: Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates has a flexible payment program that can be tailored to your specific needs and convenience. Payment issues can be comfortably discussed with our Educational Specialist at your first visit or at any time by calling our Office Manager (919-233-4131). Prices differ depending on the specific services requested and are usually based on the amount of time spent by the Specialist for that service.

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Q: How do I get started?

A: To get started, please call the main office (919-233-4131) and speak with our staff at the front desk to book your student's initial consultation. If you are unsure about whether or not a specific service can be provided, please feel free to leave a message for our Educational Specialist to call you back to discuss how she may be able to help. At that time, an appointment can also be easily arranged by our Specialist. If you prefer, you may directly email the Director of Educational Services, Ms. Elizabeth Hanna, at ehanna@fppa.com. Please be aware that emails are not encrypted and will be responded to at the address of the sender unless otherwise requested.

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Q: Does my child need to be a patient of the practice to utilize these services?

A: No. Students do not need to be seen as a patient in Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates to receive services by our Educational Specialist.

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Q: Does my child need to have a diagnosed learning disability to work with an Educational Specialist?

A: No. A Specialist works with children, adolescents and young adults who have a broad array of difficulties with academic progress. The student does not need to have such a diagnosis or any prior specific psycho-educational testing to utilize these services.

If your child has been struggling and has not had a psycho-educational evaluation, however, doing so may be very helpful. Parents are often unsure about whether this type of assessment is indicated for their child. Our Educational Specialists can help families make that determination. In some cases, with your permission, they can even consult with one of our in-house psychologists to help make that determination. If it is decided that an evaluation is indicated, this can be done privately by a psychologist in our practice or elsewhere, or can also sometimes be done through the school. Regardless of which route is taken, our Educational Specialist can provide some important background information that will help the psychologist develop an appropriate and informed plan for testing.

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Q: Does an Educational Specialist work with children who are too young to be in school?

A: Yes. Our Educational Specialists have helped families of pre-schoolers prepare their child for school. Our Specialists can support your child on daily school routines, reading, writing development, number sense, kindergarten preparedness, etc.

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Q: Does the Education Specialist work with students who are in college?

A: Yes. Many parents and students find these services benefit college students to improve study skills, improve time management, increase self-advocacy, learn better organizational skills and become more proactive in their own educational journey. Many students find that big step into independent functioning to be a hard transition. Our Specialists' services can be there to support the student who is about to start college for the first time or for the student already experiencing some difficulties and/or not achieving to expectations.

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Q: Can the Education Specialist help us address concerns directly with/about the school?

A: Yes. This is one of the most common services that is provided in addition to one-on-one assistance. Our Specialist can help communicate directly with the school or with specific teachers through email, telephone calls and face-to-face meetings. It is not uncommon for our Specialists to attend meetings between parents and school personnel, IEP meetings or specifically planned discussions with teachers. Such attendance often helps to create a mutual, non-confrontational process of collaboration, even if tensions have previously run high. As a result, support from school personnel increases and becomes more consistent through some of the unique suggestions our Specialists offer while helping to support the student.

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Q: Now that we have completed testing, how can the Education Specialist help us?

A: After reviewing the available testing information and meeting with your child/student (and possibly consulting with the psychologist who performed the testing, if necessary or desired), our Specialist can provide you with some specific and targeted accommodations and modifications that you can request from your student's school. Our Specialist can also help you advocate for those services by attending IEP, 504, BIP, or RTI meetings with you. Additionally, our Specialist can provide information on an at-home study area and study schedule that will accommodate your student's learning needs.

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Q: My child/student is not working to his/her full capacity. He/she does not have any learning disabilities or specialized school plans, yet doesn't seem to be motivated. Does the Educational Specialist work with such students?

A: Yes. Our Specialists very frequently help students who lack motivation or students who are already motivated but can't find a way to get to "the next level" of productivity and grades. Our Specialists work with students at all grade levels, even through higher-level college courses. Improving study efficiency, improving time-management skills, increasing self-awareness of learning strengths and challenges, improving determination and dedication to studies are just some of the areas where your student will see changes that will help him/her improve academically. If the student simply needs a coach to help them excel, our Specialist can help the student become more autonomous by analyzing the student's skills and habits and working closely with the student to practice new strategies and skills that work with the student's strengths to gain higher achievement.

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Q: What if my child can not attend a public or private school because of special needs issues. Can FPPA's Educational Specialists still help my child?

A: Yes. Although most schools have a goal of meeting every student's needs, this doesn't always translate into effective and/or efficient learning for all students. Our Specialists can open and create an accredited "Home-School" for your child. Through careful planning with our Specialists, your child could make significant educational progress through home-schooling by meeting with our Specialist several times (or more) per week. This kind of schooling can be specific for one course or all courses, for a short duration of time or for semesters that are needed. This type of flexibility is one way we are able to customize school needs to the individual's specific learning needs, past achievements and other unique aspect about your child.

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