Lotus Specialized Learning Center (LSLC)

Specialized Instruction and Crisis Programming

West Metro Learning Connections (WMLC) is highly regarded for the specialized instruction we provide to unique scholars of school districts, charter schools, virtual schools and home schools.  WMLC employs highly trained, experienced specialists who are available to work at your site or at WMLC’s Setting IV placement option.  WMLC is available to assist with a short term crisis or to provide a long term solution.

When WMLC’s LSLC serves as an alternative therapeutic placement site, we are available to help  students make a smooth transition to their next placement by accompanying them for a length of time determined by their IEP team.

Potential Student Characteristics:

  • ASD-Related Perspective Distortions
  • Significant Anxiety that Interferes with Ability to Attend School
  • Social, Emotional, and/or Behavioral Excesses or Deficits that Prevent the learner from Profiting or Being Able to Learn in Traditional Learning Environments

Lotus Special Education Professionals

Evaluations and Individualized Education Programs (I.E.P’s)

WMLC conducts Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)-compliant

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Developmental Cognitive Disability (DCD)
  • Emotional Behavioral Disorder (EBD)
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

evaluations and assists with writing IEP goals, accommodations, and developing modifications and supports.

Visit the following pages for more information about our autism spectrum disorder school services:

Check out a great article about our school services in Teacher Today MN on Page 8 by clicking here.


Quotes and Reference Letters:

“I want to thank Debra Schipper and her amazing staff for their support of youth with autism.  We have a wonderful working relationship with West Metro Learning Connections.  WMLC team members have provided support in unique learning situations to both students and staff.  We have learned greatly from each other and I truly admire and respect all that Debra and her team does.” – Director of Special Services, Public School District

“A respectful, creative and collaborative approach allows for partnerships with schools, families and other agencies….Thank you, West Metro Learning Connections!” – Director of Student Services, Public School District

“Evaluations were complete and well-written. Explanations of different tests were described to parents in parent-friendly language. When Ms. Schipper needed to tell a family that their child had Autism, it was done with grace.” – Special Education Teacher, Public School District

“West Metro has provided wonderful services for students that needed alternative options for their learning.” – Special Education Teacher, Public School District



What is the Meaning of Lotus?:

Ancient Egyptian scholars observed that the lotus flower opened its petals each morning to the bright sun and closed its petals each night and sank into the water.  The next morning the flower would reopen magnificently, reaching out to the sun’s light.  That cycle led those scholars to associate the flower with creation, the sun, and rebirth.  The lotus flower has been part of WMLC’s identify since its inception in 2001, representing the transformation and “rebirth” of children with autism as they learn skills that will enable them to be happy and successful in a complicated social world.