Foundations for Understanding Social Engagement
Nurturing and Supporting Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood
The F.U.S.E. SCHOOL & PROGRAM was created in 2012 by Lauren Weeks, Psy.D. clinical child psychologist. As a school consultant for years, she encountered children with social and emotional challenges who were struggling and being underserved in typical school settings. She wanted to create a place where these children felt nurtured, supported and learn strategies to thrive socially. Initially, Dr. Weeks created small social groups and a summer program for children to build trust, instill confidence, enhance flexible thinking, engage in shared experiences and connect with peers. She noticed a sparkle in these children’s eyes, a new- found motivation to engage and increase self-esteem. As a result, she decided to combine her background in education with her clinical experience and with a huge leap of faith, created a therapeutic school for early learners. With a little extra support, scaffolding, and nurturing the children at F.U.S.E. began to shine and succeed in school and social situations. Currently, we have a private nonprofit school for preschool – 1st grade, after school program, and Therapeutic Summer Program. F.U.S.E. supports countless children to become successful, feel confident, and thrive socially.