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Thank You
to our amazing families & staff!

-Flourishing Lives | St. Clair Shores, MI

Playful Family

helping families


Flourishing Lives, in St. Clair Shores, MI,  is an occupational therapy clinic that specializes in helping kids who process life a little differently.

Are You


Your Family Can




You really can have a flourishing home life. We've been there ourselves; that's why we do what we do!





you will see incredible results, With our customized plan based on your child's specific challenges.



Son of Flourishing Lives Owner

Gwen Claussen

When Gwen found the clinic (Flourishing Lives, in St. Clair Shores, MI), she and her husband were about at the end of their rope. They had tried everything and were not getting anywhere. They were tired, stressed, overwhelmed, and embarrassed but what concerned them most of all was their son's future opportunities.

Very soon after Gage started therapy, they saw a light at the end of the tunnel. Gage was responding. They were learning how to handle situations differently.  The whole family was healing and learning together.  Many years later they still have their struggles from time to time but Gage is excelling in school, has friends, and a bright future ahead of him because of Flourishing Lives.


Our therapy is relational and directed by the kids we help to increase internal motivation, self-esteem and problem solving skills. This helps to build trust and comfort with the process which is incredibly empowering to your child. The goal is to help the child feel successful in the activity which then motivates them to do more. We also encourage your family to participate in the process so you can incorporate what you are learning into your daily lives.



  • Difficulty with latching or bottle use

  • Trouble with reaching and grasping

  • Unable to participate in tummy time
  • Poor head and neck control
  • Dislikes being held
  • Tongue/lip tie revision before and after care
  • Does not like being touched
  • Avoids movement
  • Separation anxiety
  • Does not make eye contact
  • Difficulty with facial expression/emotions
  • Difficulty with sleeping
  • Difficult to comfort


  • Difficulty with self-care

  • Holds utensils awkwardly

  • Avoids messy activities

  • Shows discomfort with movement

  • Anxiety playing with others

  • Rigid or repetitive play

  • Difficulty adapting to change

  • Has trouble with left/right

  • Prefers screens to people/outside

  • Potty Training

  • Not meeting milestones

  • Can't participate in group activities

  • Difficulty with relationships

School Age

  • Clumsy

  • Sensitive to touch

  • Difficulty sitting still

  • Holds pen too loose/tight

  • Does not display hand dominance

  • Difficulty with focus/attention

  • Difficulty copying off the board

  • Prefers screens to people/outside

  • Difficulty transitioning between tasks

  • Increased anxiety

  • Difficulty following directions


  • Socially withdrawn.

  • Increased anxiety.

  • Decreased attention.

  • Decreased ability to perform complex tasks.

  • Poor coordination skills.

  • Difficulty following a schedule.

  • Poor motivation

  • Difficulty with preliminary driving skills

  • Poor self expression

  • Poor coping skills

  • History of trauma


  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Sensitive to inputs (touch, sound, laying down to sitting up)

  • Increased Pain

  • History of Trauma

  • Difficulty multi-tasking

  • Difficulty transitioning from one task to another

  • Unable to maintain employment

  • Poor motivation

  • Difficulty maintaining relationships

  • Sensitive to noise

  • Difficulty with childcare

  • Unable to attend social gatherings

  • Increased anxiety

How Therapy



You and your child will have a great time in our playground like facility!

This is fun.


30 Session

Customized plan

2-5 sessions per week



"Kevin is doing great in school. He's reading, adding two digit numbers, starting to participate more with classroom activities. His talking has greatly increased, he and his brother Mark play together so well.  He's much better at following instructions and  understanding them.  We owe so much to the therapist and all of her hard work.  FLSSC made the difference in Kevin's life.  Thanks for all you have done."

"The staff is very pleasant, patient and knowledgeable. We have really seen an improvement with our little one in the short time she has been there. What a blessing FLSSC has been to our child and our family.    -Clarese James

"My son Joseph stated many times during Interactive Metronome that he felt it was helping - that he felt better.  Organization improved.  Once started on his homework, he stayed focused and was able to complete it."

The staff are amazingly patient and occupational therapy works wonders on children with sensory processing disorders and ADHD."

-Becky Gorinac

"James saw dramatic improvement during his time with the therapist, and he continues to seem happier and more comfortable in his body."

"BEST place ever!!"

Corwin went from below to sky high!! I love them all, friendly, consistent, great communication!"

-Martha Richardson

"The amazing staff at FLSSC are the very best at their jobs! We are so grateful for the techniques they are teaching our son. He is learning and coping with his sensory issues more and more each day."

-Angela Drum

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