LAKU family rehabilitation
LAKU family rehabilitation is for children and adolescents between ages 5 and 15 who have been diagnosed with one of the following
- an autism spectrum disorder
- Tourette's syndrome or long-term tic symptoms.
Additional requirements are that the child or adolescent has
- a long-term and varied need for rehabilitative support and guidance
- possible behavioral and emotional symptoms (such as behavioral or anxiety disorders) that are treated in healthcare or symptoms affecting functionality (e.g., hyperactivity, impulsivity) that can be addressed through rehabilitation.
LAKU Family Rehabilitation may be relevant when the family has already received initial patient and family counseling (psychoeducation) from healthcare.
LAKU Family Rehabilitation is not suitable
- as initial rehabilitation immediately after receiving the diagnosis. In the initial phase, courses for children's families organized by Kela provide comprehensive counseling and guidance, as well as ways to adapt to the new situation. Family courses also offer the opportunity to meet other families in similar life situations. Read more about family courses.
- if the child or adolescent receives demanding medical rehabilitation services
- if the child has significant limitations in performance or participation. The support provided by LAKU Family Rehabilitation is not sufficient for children with significant limitations in functioning. In such cases, demanding medical rehabilitation may be a suitable alternative. Read more about demanding medical rehabilitation.
LAKU family rehabilitation service providers
Look up information on service providers offering LAKU family rehabilitation services.
The children or adolescents attending the rehabilitation are accompanied by family members or others close to them in their daily lives.
If the child or young person receives intensive medical rehabilitation, he or she cannot be granted LAKU family rehabilitation. LAKU family rehabilitation is intended for clients who are not entitled to intensive medical rehabilitation.
Structure and implementation of the rehabilitation
The rehabilitation lasts 18 months and comprises
- 38 consultations
- 2 weekend sessions
- 2-4 joint sessions attended by persons who interact with the child or adolescent in his or her daily life.
They are arranged in a way that accommodates the needs and circumstances of each family, and take place either at the service provider's facility or in the child’s or adolescent’s everyday environment. The exact location is always determined on the basis of the topic of the session and the needs and personal situation of the participants. Telerehabilitation may be an option for some of the sessions if practicable and feasible for the client.
The aim of the rehabilitation is
- to provide the family with information relevant to the growth and development of the child or adolescent and practical guidance on how to make the family’s daily life easier and to empower them to deal with challenging situations.
- to offer the family, daycare provider and school with practical means to support the child or adolescent in daycare or school or in interactions with friends.
The sessions are aimed at helping the family
- understand the symptoms and behaviour shown by the child or adolescent and to deal with emerging situations in a constructive way.
- identify ways in which they can facilitate their own daily lives.
- learn how to enhance their social skills in order to strengthen their interactive and emotional capacity.
- have the experience that the interaction between the family and the school or daycare provider works well and offers tangible support for the child or adolescent in terms of his or her engagement and participation in different activities.
- through interaction with other families, share experiences, information and advice relevant to their circumstances.
The following service providers offer LAKU family rehabilitation:
- Pro Neuron Oy
- Ryhmittymä Coronaria Oy ja Medifamilia Oy
- Ryhmittymä Attentio Oy ja Vetrea Terveys Oy
- Aamos Kuntoutus- ja terapiapalvelut
- Kankaanpään Kangaspolku Oy
- Norther Oy
How to apply
- Include with the application a medical certificate B from the public healthcare system or other medical statement containing the relevant information about the diagnosis and about the type of rehabilitation recommended and the goals it is intended to achieve.
- Send your application online. A guardian can apply for rehabilitation on behalf of their child in the OmaKela e-service.
- Save the completed claim form on your device. Note that the claim must be in PDF format.
- . It is only available in Finnish and Swedish. If you are applying for rehabilitation for your child, go to Asioi toisen henkilön puolesta (Act on behalf of another person).
- Go to Tee hakemus (File an application). Select Sairastaminen ja kuntoutus (Sickness and rehabilitation) and then Kuntoutus – tee hakemus (Rehabilitation – File an application). Under Valitse etuus (Select benefit), select Harkinnanvarainen kuntoutus.
- Select the claim on your device and press Lähetä.
- When you send your claim online you don’t need to sign it.
- If you have supporting documents, sent them via OmaKela after you have submitted your claim. If they are paper documents, you can photograph or scan them.
Another option is to send the application by mail:
- Sign the application and send it with the supporting documents to Kela, PL 10, 00056 KELA.
- You will receive a written decision on your application.
- If you are accepted for the rehabilitation, the service provider will contact you within about two weeks of the date on which you received the letter of acceptance.