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All parents want their children to be happy, healthy, and successful, but your child is struggling neurodevelopmentally.

Itā€™s hard for you to see your child frustrated, sad, and struggling to reach their true potential.

The experts are telling you there is very little you can do for your child and not to expect much.

You worry about your childā€™s future ā€“ will they be able to take care of themselves when you are not there anymore?

You want your child to get better, but they are not making progress.

No matter what though, you will not stop looking for ways to help your child.

Liz Strawbridge, MD

After suffering a stroke and severe meningitis, my 4-year-old son was left with right sided motor impairment, difficulty with short and long-term memory, spatial disorientation and sensory processing issues. As many parents who suffer the trauma of having a brain-injured child, we could see his heart and soul were still bursting with abundant life and beauty.

The Thompson Family

We are a family of six. My husband and I have four children. Our second child, Ben, started receiving services for autism at age two and a half. We were very proactive and diligent in seeking therapies and advice from the best, but after nine years of speech, occupational, physical, and behavioral therapies, Ben, at age eleven and a half, still struggled immenselyā€¦ I wanted to go to the movies or church without having an emergency exit plan. I wanted my son to have the internal motivation to do things for himself or others, and not constantly have to bribe him with screen time or treats. I wanted him to learn to ride a bike, tie his shoes, bathe himself, create stories, respect peopleā€™s things, and engage with his family.
After nine years of conventional therapies, none of those goals were achieved.
We knew more was possible; we just had no idea how to achieve it.

How We Help In 2 Minutes.

The experts say your child canā€™t improve.

We are sure they can.

Weā€™ve helped thousands of parents significantly strengthen their childrenā€™s neurological abilities.

We look forward to partnering with you to teach you how to do the same.

Liz Strawbridge, MD

As a physician, I was very familiar with the conventional treatment plan of PT and OT laid forth by his brilliant team of doctors at Boston Childrenā€™s Hospital. I was struck by how these therapies addressed the symptoms (muscle weakness) rather than the root of the problem (a hurt brain). It made much more sense to me that we should be working on creating new neurological pathways rather than trying to fix the manifestation of the broken onesā€¦ The Parent Training Course is a crash course in neurodevelopment which dovetailed beautifully with recent data around the science of neuroplasticity. The Family Hope Center uses detailed anatomical and developmental neural network maps in the brain to evaluate where along the timeline of brain development your child suffered injury, causing a dysfunctional pathway for that particular network resulting in downstream consequencesā€¦We saw significant gains after working on the program with our son for 6 months. Both his neurologist and neurosurgeon have been blown away by his progress. The program helps your child adapt and become more resilient, not just get ā€˜band aid solutionsā€™ that donā€™t promote his or her potentiality and evolution.

The Thompson Family

If you were ever told that your child is incapable or have been force-fed a ā€œdoom and gloomā€ prognosis, then it is time to remove those professionals from your roster and sign on new talentā€¦For the last five years we have been implementing the comprehensive neurological approach designed by the FHC teamā€¦We as a family have witnessed neuroplasticity and continue continue to see that growth is possibleā€¦we are no longer fearful. We know our power. We know the brain grows when a family rallies behind the one struggling and stands united in implementing an evidence-based systematic approach in a loving homeā€¦ Ben is now independently bathing, riding a bike, tying his shoes, writing and reading, balancing a checkbook, doing chores, running, playing sports, and so much more.

Often parents of children with special needs feel powerless after receiving a diagnosis. Our approach is to teach, guide, and support you in taking control of your child’s future.

We Are Believers, For Good Reason


For more than 40 years,weā€™ve studied theĀ neurological origins of disabilitiesĀ in childrenĀ and developedĀ practical, effective ways of promoting brain healing and growth.

We started our own family during the early part of this 40-year journey. Two of our children faced complex neurodevelopmental difficulties

We applied the same approaches to our children that we teach to all parents, and with lots of love, hard work, and dedication, our children overcame their challenges.

Today, our daughters are confident adults with meaningful relationships and purposeful professional lives.

So, we haveĀ twoĀ perspectives to share with youā€”one as parents and one as professionals.

As parents, we truly understand what you are going through, and we know how resilient you are.

As professionals, we know that with few exceptions, every injury to the brain is capable of healing ā€“ given the correct approach, dedicated effort, and time.


Understand how injuries and poor function in the brain show up as developmental delays, learning disabilities, and other diagnoses like ADHD and autism.


Measuring the developmental and functional abilities of your child is the most vital step in building a successful plan to help them.

Use our parent-friendly evaluation tool to evaluate how your childā€™s brain is developing and find out which neurological pathways and physiological systems need the most support.


Take personal control of your childā€™s neurotherapeutic activities and nutrition as you implement their treatment plan in your home.


Neuroplasticity is a reality, and as you work with your child at home, you will begin to see positive changes. As that happens, you will periodically reassess your child to account for this growth. Each reassessment will provide you with an easy and objective way to see how your child is progressing and will be the basis for your childā€™s updated treatment plan.

Liz Strawbridge, MD

The Family Hope Center use(s) detailed anatomical and developmental neural network maps in the brain to evaluate where along the timeline of brain development your child suffered injury, causing a dysfunctional pathway for that particular network resulting in downstream consequencesā€¦ They design a personalized plan for each child based upon the particular sequence of neural dysfunctions and help strengthen the network from the origin of the dysfunction rather than fixing the symptom that is revealing itself. It is a complete multi-modal brain health approach: optimizing nutrition and fuel for neuro-regeneration, using physiology of breathwork to enhance oxygenation of brain tissue, incorporating body and energy work to repattern pathways, creating a unique sensory stimulation program, and returning to basic motor and reflex pathways such as crawling to develop a strong foundation for the most effective brain development.

Lisa Keller, Ed.D.

After years of therapy and school services, I gave up hope ā€“ I have hope again now, and I feel empowered to help my child.
Thank you for empowering me to intervene and to heal.
The opportunity to be the own personal therapist of my child, with a plan special for the needs he has.
Best thing to happen to our child and our family. Iā€™m indebted to you for the rest of my life. My motherhood has been restored.

Conditions We Address

At the Family Hope Center, we work with parents of children who have an extensive and complex array of neurologically based challenges, (dis)abilities, and disorders.

If your childā€™s difficulties are of neurological or neurodevelopmental origin or if they have a medical or genetic condition with neurodevelopmental consequences, we can help.

We work with parents of children who have received the following diagnoses:


– Developmental delays

– LearningĀ disabilitiesĀ (e.g., dyslexia)

– MotorĀ disorders


– Sensory processing disorder

– Speech, Language, orĀ Communication disorders

– Emotional andĀ behavioralĀ disorders

– Auditory processing disorder

– Nonverbal learning disabilities

– Intellectual disabilities

– Autism spectrum disorders

– Seizure disorders (e.g., epilepsy)

– Genetic or metabolic conditions (e.g., Down syndrome)

– Cerebral palsy

Measuring Results


The effectiveness of any therapeutic approach must be periodically assessed using standardized and validated measures. The Family Hope Center assesses the effectiveness of its approach using the WeeFIMĀ®, the pediatric version of the Functional Independence MeasureTM (FIMĀ®).

Both the FIMĀ® and WeeFIMĀ® were developed by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) from the World Health Organizationā€™s bio-psycho-social model of disability. They are functional assessment tools for evaluating essential abilities in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities along three dimensions: self-care, motor function, and cognition.

UDSMR notes: ā€œSince its inception in 1987, the FIMĀ®Ā instrument has been widely regarded and adopted by clinicians and researchers around the world for its brevity and reliability. A sizeable library of supporting research and study sustains the FIMĀ®Ā instrumentā€™s reliability and validity. To date, more than 1,300 published articles support the FIMĀ®Ā instrument, and ongoing research and study continues.ā€ Read more clinical research about the WeeFIM here.

Our WeeFIMĀ® results show that childrenā€™s neurological and functional capabilities significantly improve through the Family Hope Centerā€™s parent-implemented home-based therapy.

We Believe That Loving Families Make The Best Therapists

We also know that the brain has an incredible capability to heal. Our job is to give parents the tools to make that happen.

With that in mind, we make the following commitments to you:

We will help you understand how your childā€™s brain works and what you can do to promote their neurodevelopment

We will guide you as you complete an objective evaluation of your childā€™s current neurodevelopmental abilities and help you design an effective treatment plan

We will partner with you as you successfully implement your childā€™s treatment plan at home

We will support you as you routinely monitor your childā€™s progress, reassess them, and update their treatment plan

NelliePeteā€™s Mom

We didnā€™t realize our child (Pete) had special needs until he was about twelve years old. He just seemed quirky, and like a very bright young man who just didnā€™t want to do schoolwork and couldnā€™t get along with people. I was embarrassed by his actions most of the time and was getting desperate for help. My loving friends told me about the Family Hope Center and dragged me to the 3-day parent training. At the training, many of the behaviors Iā€™d observed were no longer a mysteryā€¦We carried a heavy burden of guilt for not helping Pete sooner, for not seeing his needs, and for not being able to do all the program. Yet, we kept at itā€¦Today, Pete is nearing the end of the program, and he is motivated to do it on his own. Heā€™s nearly eighteen years oldā€¦Without the concerted effort of getting him [neurologically] organized, Pete wouldnā€™t be driving, working, or graduating high school. Iā€™m not worried about him ending up in jail because he exploded at the wrong time. He has friends and will be able to self-regulate in the stresses of life. His anxiety is gone, he has a bright future, and heā€™s a delight. The program is a gift. The results are priceless.

PeteNellieā€™s Son

At the time of this writing I am seventeen years old. Iā€™ve been doing this program for just over three years now. And whereas at the start, when I didnā€™t see the point of what I was doing, I now see the benefits. I missed pizza and soda, and a load of other stuff. In short, I hated the diet. I hated the exercise. Now that the end is in sight, and my neurology has pretty much caught up to the best itā€™s going to be, I can say for certain that this program is easily worth its weight in gold. I have friends now. I can react to change, learn, and grow as a person. Iā€™m a better human being. Youā€™re the parent, you make them do it because eventually they will want to as well. Then youā€™ll get to stop pushing. Iā€™m grateful my mom made me do it.

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Nancy Werner, MD

It is thrilling to see the decades of dedication spearheaded by Matthew and Carol Newell and their diverse team at the Family Hope Center encapsulated in this book. In it, their philosophy, approach, and results in overcoming neurological injuriesā€”even the most severe casesā€”are made accessible to professionals and families alike. Yet, beyond their extensive experience in the recovery of neurologically injured children, their work demonstrates exciting potential in the enhancement of well-being and achievement in youngsters of ā€œnormalā€ families. I can attest to the brilliant results this program can elicit through its solid and well-documented multidisciplinary agenda in nurturing families who deal with the enormous challenges of raising an injured child, and the benefits that spill over to siblings and parents. In the fullest sense of the word, the Family Hope program can ā€œraiseā€ an individual to her fullest potential. This book provides a broad picture of previously unsuspected possibilities in neurological recovery and effective parenting.

Linda Baker, MD, CCH, Portland, OR

If youā€™re the parent of a special needs child, please read this book. You will find an empowering and refreshing way of viewing your childā€™s condition. The information presented here will help you to understand what is happening, to get to the root cause of the problem and give you a roadmap for helping your child to heal. Recent studies are showing that our brains have much greater ability to heal than is generally appreciated. In this book you will find a scientific, practical, and well researched method for assisting that healing process. During the years I consulted with families at FHC (Family Hope Center), I saw hundreds of children who surprised me with the progress they made on this program, well beyond anything Iā€™d seen or been taught to expect in my pediatric training. If I were a child with a brain injury, I would be hoping that my parents would find this book and follow its recommendations.

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Our interdisciplinary team specializes in multiple fields of medicine and therapy with one thing in common: helping you learn how to optimize your childā€™s brain growth and development.

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    In one week from today, he will be racing for the Danish Para-cycling team in the Danish Championships. We have no idea of how he is going to perform - but, I am so proud of him. All the hard work has turned out wonderful.

    Karina J, Denmark

    I have new hope ā€“ not just for my son, but for our whole family.

    Karina J, Denmark

    Thank you for giving my family hope and the practical tools to help my child when the system failed her.

    Allison F., West Essex, UK

    After spending years pursuing answers, it finally looks like we have something that will heal our son.

    Julia G., Hanscom, Massachusetts, US

    Parent-Centered Approach

    At the Family Hope Center, our primary focus is helping parents achieve the goals they have for their children.




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