NEW! We’re excited to announce the Homework Help by SSC™ e-learning tools!

change the way you learn,
change the way you feel

let’s build your learning toolbox

Homework Help
by SSC™

Homework Help by SSC™ was created by Neurodevelopmental Psychologist Dr. Rachelle Hansen & Education Specialist Mailani Ovard in 2017. The program is led by our team of trained Executive Function Coaches and Homework Helpers. The focus is on Executive Functions which are brain-based skills that help your student manage, organize and plan time, actions, and emotions in order to get things done.

Homework Help by SSC™ is much MORE than tutoring – students develop learning, memory and study tools they’ll be able to use throughout their life!

WHAT’S IN THE TOOLBOX 

  • Tools for HOW to learn and maximize studying at school and home
  • Curriculum tailored to student’s learning style and specific needs
  • Learning, memory, and study skills for LIFE
  • Small groups and individual coaching sessions
  • Virtual and in-person sessions
  • FLEXIBLE weekday and Saturday appointments
  • Sessions for students 1st grade to college

learn HOW to learn, not just WHAT to learn

Each student starts with a brief assessment of executive functions to help create a personalized program using individual student’s strengths while developing and mastering workarounds for less developed skills. Sessions begin with a review of “how to” skills that can be applied to tasks at home and school. The focus then moves to “hands on” application, as Coaches and Homework Helpers individually guide students with homework, studying, or project planning they bring to the session. Curriculum includes mindfulness and movement lessons to help students learn to take a break without food or screens.

why Homework Help by SSC™?

Homework Help by SSC™ provides students, parents, and teachers tailored strategies that can be applied to any subject at any grade level. By learning and then putting into practice brain-based executive function skills, students will have the everyday tools they need to be the best learners they can be.

Our teaching groups are small and personal, and apply one-on-one help to current assignments. Executive Function Coaches are available to coordinate with parents and teachers to help them better understand how to implement skills learned in Homework Help at home or school.

when is Homework Help by SSC™?

Each session is a stand-alone lesson tailored to fit your students’ needs. Attend weekly, monthly, or as needed – the program is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate busy schedules. Small group sessions (up to 5 students per group) run 60 minutes and are offered during the school year. Private sessions (60 minutes) are available on weekdays, weeknights, and weekends including summer months. Check out the clinic calendar for days and times.

Homework Help by SSC™ e-learning tools

Homework Help by SSCAre you feeling a little (or a lot!) overwhelmed thinking about how your student will manage the school year with COIVD-related changes?

We are here to help! By adding e-learning tools to our popular Homework Help by SSC™ program, we teach, guide, and engage students through classroom material while keeping in mind how learning differences and mental health struggles can get in the way.

Students have in-person and virtual access to coaches, helpers, psychologists and occupational therapists. Options provide flexibility for COVID-safe learning. We also offer a parent component for parents who want to learn strategies to help their children at home and school.

As a mental health clinic, we understand that school can be a huge stressor for parents, families, and students.

We’ve got tools for that!

service summaries and costs

Please contact us for more information regarding the parenting component, side-by-side with a neurodevelopmental psychologist, and full neurodevelopmental assessment.

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I’ve told everyone from parent friends to our pediatrician that this is a MUST program for children and parents - my son feels great about himself because he can learn his way and I get to focus on being his parent and not his teacher. Everyone wins.

Parent of Homework Help Student, 15 yrs old

what is the NEXT STEP?

Set up a WARM-UP CALL (for new students) or CHECK-IN CALL (for returning students) with Neurodevelopmental Psychologist Dr. Rachelle Hansen or Executive Function Program Director Katlyn Rohrer.

Give your student the gift of learning tools to use for life!

meet the homework help team

Homework Help by SSC

Katlyn Rohrer
Executive Function Program Director

Katlyn Rohrer received her Bachelor's in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. She is currently continuing her education at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she is working toward her Masters in Public Policy. Katlyn is passionate about youth development and support through the use of Restorative practices. She is also an avid animal lover. In her lifetime, her family has owned four cats, three dogs, three guinea pigs, two rabbits, and a variety of turtles, lizards, and fish! Her parents are very patient and kind. She is grateful to be a part of the Stepping Stone team!

Homework Help by SSC

Rachelle Hansen, PhD, LP
Clinical Psychologist
Neurodevelopmental Specialist
Clinical Director & Founder

Dr. Rachelle Hansen received her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota. While there, she was actively involved in several rural health initiatives helping integrate in-home mental health services along with outpatient health and behavior services.

She completed both her Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where she specialized in pediatric psychology as well as psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Her work included providing evaluations, behavioral interventions, and therapy to children, adolescents, parents, and families who are coping with medical conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Hansen has worked with children to adults at five different hospital systems, six rural health clinics, an inpatient and residential center, four private practices, a school-based therapy program, a community mental health clinic, and a neurology practice. In her life before practicing psychology, she was a reading specialist as well as working with families with children placed in protective care. She also ran a lab exploring genetic links to medical conditions in family lines including Egyptian Royal mummies!

Because of her unique background in biochemistry, education, and psychology, Dr. Hansen envisioned a clinic that would consider all three. One where patients can get the whole-person care they need from an integrated, collaborative team who offer a personalized approach to health. She does this work because she simply wants to help people feel and live better by working with their brain and body (instead of against them!). She's grateful to be a part of an environment where she (and the rest of the incredible team) can do just that.

Homework Help by SSC

Gena Gear (formerly Walz), MA, EdS

School Psychologist

Education Specialist

 

Gena Gear holds a Master’s Degree in Community & Counseling Psychology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Arizona School of Psychology. She served in the US Army, including deployment during the first Gulf War.

Gena has worked as a School Psychologist for 15 years, and served as lead for special ed evaluations in two northwest suburban school districts. She has held leadership positions in evaluations, interventions, and program planning. During her career, she has also provided counseling to dozens of children facing challenges with the structured academic environment. Prior to her counseling career, Gena worked in a residential drug treatment program in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her experiences working with Native American women and children during this period sparked her interest in working primarily with young people.

A compassionate and deep listener, Gena’s primary goal is to put families at ease, facilitate their understanding, and ensure they feel heard. She is able to break down and explain technical and analytical information such as statistical testing results in an understandable way, so families and teachers are able to support the child and track their progress. Gena seeks to present information in a way that’s meaningful, helpful, and actionable. She is proficient in administering the ADOS and other autism tests as well as modifying for the ESL population. Since joining the SSC team, she has been developing her knowledge of medical conditions and neurodevelopmental assessments.

In her spare time, Gena continually seeks to expand her knowledge and understanding of psychology, including reading and listening to podcasts on a wide range of subjects in the field. She also enjoys spending time with her two sons and the family dog.

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Giina Chrysler
Occupational Therapist

Gina Chrysler holds a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota. She completed her Occupational Therapy Internship at the Child Development Center in her hometown of Idaho Falls, ID. As a senior in high school she obtained a license as a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked as an in-home care attendant for children and young adults with special needs.

Since then, Gina has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 20 years in a variety of settings including homecare, pediatric outpatient, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program, and inpatient rehabilitation center. Her focus areas are sensory integration, visual perceptual as well as gross and fine motor skills.

Gina has a passion for helping people live life to the fullest by maximizing functioning and engaging in the world around them. She is fun and energetic and has found that working with children helps her keep connected to her own fun-loving nature. She describes herself as an accident-prone athlete with a record of sprains and breaks from trying adventurous sport endeavors.

In her personal time, Gina enjoys being outside working in her garden and restoring old furniture. She also loves music and plays the piano, flute, and accordion.

take the first step to wellbeing

Stepping Stone Clinic offers a unique step-by-step approach to team-based mental health care that integrates and unites different treatments. We serve people of all ages and at all stages.

Come talk with our psychologists, nutritionists, executive function coaches, and wellness specialists about our whole-person integrated care.

HOURS

Mon: 9AM - 8PM
Tues: 9AM - 8PM
Wed: 9AM - 8PM
Thurs: 9AM - 8PM
Fri: 9AM - 2PM
Sat: 9AM - 2PM
Sun: CLOSED

CONTACT

6625 Lyndale Ave South, Suite 500
Richfield, MN 55423

*Free covered parking in back

Main: 612-886-3706
Fax: 612-886-3681

*For emergencies, please contact the MN mobile crisis line (call 612-348-2233 or send a text to 741741) or go to your nearest emergency room.