Families of Special Needs Children Find Hope AND Results
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“Your child will never lead a normal life” – so goes the prognosis often heard by parents of kids with special needs. For parents lucky enough to find the Family Hope Center (FHC), the forecast is quite different. It maintains instead – Your child’s life can be changed.
This was true for the Singers, and for thousands of other families whose children had been diagnosed with a wide spectrum of developmental disorders including autism, cerebral palsy, ADD, and Down syndrome. For them, the Family Hope Center has meant just that, hope for the entire family. Hope borne of results.
Working with over 15,000 parents to date, both here and abroad, the Family Hope Center can claim an uncommon expertise in the treatment of brain injury in children. Its unique methodology has been shown to be effective regardless of the cause or severity of the impairment. Working closely with families, FHC has seen children go from paralysis to physical excellence, from blindness to sight, from far below average intelligence and social awareness to above average in both – defying a whole list of diagnoses that fall under the heading “disabled.” Fortunately, the Family Hope Center doesn’t believe in “disabled.”
An independent, university-based study bears out the benefit of ignoring such labels: reports from this ongoing study show remarkable gains for children on Family Hope Center programs, especially when compared to results from other facilities across the United States. Children with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders, for example, show more than twice as much improvement with FHC as the national average; children with cerebral palsy, more than three times as much improvement with FHC; and for developmental delay disorders in the aggregate, well over twice as much improvement.*
Established in 2002 by acclaimed child brain developmentalists Matthew and Carol Newell, the Family Hope Center believes that all hurt children have the potential to be made well – so much so that they can equal or even surpass their peers. “The brain has an incredible capacity to respond and improve with the correct stimulation,” says Matthew Newell. “Our job is to give parents the tools to make it happen.” The tools he refers to – a comprehensive and integrative program comprised of physical, nutritional, social and cognitive therapies – are tailor-made for each child by the Center’s team of experienced, caring professionals.
Parents start by attending a three-day seminar, in which the brain and brain development are thoroughly explained. “Five minutes into the session,” says Bruce Kirk, father of seven-year-old Kevin, “I could see that they were focused on fixing the core problem, rather than treating symptoms.” Other parents claim that the seminar sheds new light on their child’s diagnosis and the possibility for healing.
The seminar is followed up by a comprehensive two-day evaluation – a complete audit of the child’s abilities, pinpointing the location of the injury in the brain so that treatment can be specifically targeted to that area. With an understanding of how the brain has been compromised and where the child is in terms of his neurological situation, the damaged pathways in the brain are targeted for healing, so that learning can occur.
Believing that there is no one better suited to help their child, the Family Hope Center trains the parents to carry out the therapy at home, with on-going guidance, follow-ups and lots of encouragement. “Loving families,” says Carol Newell, “make the very best therapists.”
Parent David Singer returns the compliment. “Jake’s a totally different child today, and it’s because of the support and hope we’ve gotten all along the way from the Family Hope Center.” “The results are telling,” adds his wife Sue. “Big time.”
For more information, www.familyhopecenter.com
*Reports by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), an independent, university-based nonprofit that has developed the world’s most widely used system, “WeeFIM,” for assessing abilities and disabilities in children.
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