LAKU family rehabilitation

LAKU family rehabilitation is for children and adolescents between ages 5 and 15 who have been diagnosed with

  • ADHD or
  • an autism spectrum disorder or
  • Tourette’s syndrome.

Additional requirements are that the child or adolescent

  • has a long-term and varied need for rehabilitative support and guidance
  • experiences impaired functioning in his or her daily environment including daycare, school or home
  • may additionally have concurrent behavioural or emotional symptoms associated with a neuropsychiatric disorder or the symptoms accompanying such a disorder (e.g. heightened impulsivity)

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.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the application form titled Harkinnanvarainen kuntoutus (KU 132, PDF in Finnish).
  2. 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.
  3. Sign the application and send it with the supporting documents to Kela, PL 10, 00056 KELA.
  4. You will receive a written decision on your application.
  5. 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.