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What Parents Who Are Physicians Say About the FHC Approach

Liz Strawbridge, MD

Main Integrative Healing

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.


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 Children’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 ones to work.

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Madhavi Gupta Dyen, MD

Board Certified Neurologist

When I had my son, I felt many of the things that parents who learn that their child has neuro-development issues do: fear, a sense of loss, and more fear. If I knew what I know now, fear wouldn’t even be in my vocabulary. We had been lucky enough to be directed to the Family Hope Center when my son was an infant.


With a diagnosis of Down syndrome and a very nasty bout of a rare seizure type, my son has gone beyond ‘thriving.’ He is remarkable. He talks, walks, jokes, loves, reads, and laughs like the master of his world that he is.


We continue to expand his brain by use and the principles of the neuro-development program taught to us by the Newells and the specialists at the Family Hope Center. There are no limits to what my son can achieve. I credit the sound principles, based in science and core neurology, and his team for helping him get there.

Dr. Shirley-Anne Jourdan, MD, GP

South Africa

I came to the Family Hope Center course as an exhausted parent, a frustrated wife, a disillusioned academic, and a resistant medical not-so-professional. I did not believe that 3 days of talking about what I presumed to be neuro-pseudo-science would change my outlook forever. I came heavily armed and guarded with a career of preconceived ideas, arguments, opinions, and training about neuro-development. And I was gently persuaded to pack my weapons away without giving up the science.


The Family Hope Center has the heart of the Healer that I have always longed to cultivate more fully – one who promotes ability and does not stop at disability. The Center focuses on ease, not disease; on full function, not dysfunction, on treats and not just treatment, on joy and not on sadness.

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Dr. George Goodwin, MD

Internal medicine physician at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, US Army colonel, and former Director of Disability Evaluations at the Office of the Surgeon General

“Foreword to Healing Your Child’s Brain”


As an internal medicine physician with more than twenty years of experience, I carried a high degree of skepticism toward alternative treatment systems that had not already been clinically proven. I received my doctor of medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. I am board certified in internal medicine. I had the privilege to serve for over twenty-five years in the army. During my career, I was deployed twice, serving our soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I also was the chief medical officer for a military medical facility at Fort Eustis, Virginia. I culminated my career as a colonel in the Pentagon overseeing the disability program for our wounded warriors and directing all the medical standards for readiness in the army. All this experience was within what would be considered traditional medicine.

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The Ale Family

As an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist, I have over a decade of experience evaluating patients. I have used various methods to measure and describe a person’s range of motion, strength deficits, and functional limitations. In my experience, I have found some assessments to be more helpful than others depending on the patient’s challenges.


When my medically complex son was born, I quickly became a pediatric and neurologically based physical therapist out of necessity. We discovered the Family Hope Center and it finally felt like we had direction. Instead of taking a “wait and see” position on how he develops, we had a way to be more proactive, and it was exciting!

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The Hayes Family

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The Family Hope Center

For more than 40 years, we’ve studied the neurological origins of disabilities in children and incorporated knowledge from global experts in complementary disciplines.

As our understanding deepened, we developed practical, effective ways of promoting and measuring neurological healing and growth in children.

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Read What Parents Who Have Improved Their Child's Brain Function Have To Say

The Morales Family

Four years ago, my family was on the verge of breaking. We were scared, and unsure of our future. We were in desperate need of help with my siblings, and trying everything we could think of, but nothing seemed to work. I was only ten years old at the time, and I often found myself frightened of my little brother’s outbursts and feeling neglected by my baby sister. I knew what autism was but didn’t understand it. I wanted to help but didn’t know how. But just when we thought we had tried everything, hope made its way to us.


That summer, my mother attended the Family Hope Center’s three-day parent course and brought back the news that there was still a chance. She was ecstatic and could hardly contain her excitement.

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The Thompson Family

We are a family of six. My husband and I have four children. Our second child 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, [my son], at age eleven and a half, still struggled immensely and was functioning at 35 percent brain function, or as a two- or three-year-old.


Our two biggest fears when considering traveling to the Family Hope Center were: Is [our son] too old? And Are we strong enough to even try? Fear can be quite crippling and it’s not easy to keep trying, buy our family couldn’t deny our feelings of discontent and restlessness.

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The Arnett Family

We didn’t realize our child had special needs until he was about twelve years old. He just seemed quirky, and like a very bright young man who just didn’t want to do schoolwork and couldn’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 three-day parent training. At the training, many of the behaviors I’d observed were no longer a mystery.


Though I knew this would help my son, I felt like I didn’t really belong in the program since my child would walk, talk, and read. Matthew [Newell] acknowledged my concern and told me that many times, kids like mine are the most misunderstood and will benefit tremendously from getting organized. Whew! I knew I was in the right place.

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The van der Walt Family

Greetings from South Africa! I attended the Parent Training Course in February this year. With her first evaluation I did [during] the Parent Training Course, our daughter was neurologically two and a half years behind her chronological age, and she was at 70 percent degree of function.


For six months we only did the Family Hope Center program and reflex integration of five reflexes that were still active. We also had three craniosacral sessions. I evaluated her again after three months on the program and as astonished at the improvement she’d shown. (Not to mention the difference we’d already seen in her behavior, emotions, and actions at that point!)

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The Weber Family

I will admit that as an acupuncturist who has spent a ton of time studying nutrition, I didn’t expect to learn much from the nutrition [part of the Parent Training Course]. When I brought my son to the Family Hope Center, I already knew how important diet was.


As a child with an impressively rare genetic disorder that causes epilepsy, global delays, and a long list of challenges, [my son] was already on a diet full of whole, organic foods, and void of gluten or dairy to avoid inflammation and a leaky gut.

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The Klinkert Family

Our seven-year-old daughter had learning and socializing difficulties during first grade (of elementary school).


Before [beginning] the [recommended] program, she displayed many physical symptoms, including abdominal pain and constipation, headaches, trouble sleeping, and excessive sweating in her hands and feet.


She had difficulty concentrating; cried when she didn’t get her way or was unable to explain her feelings; exhibited compulsive behaviors with food, mood swings, sensitivity to sounds; had difficulty making friends or sharing; and suffered low self esteem.

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The Czar Family

Our family dynamic really plays an integral part in our daughter, Bailey’s, therapy program. With four children, schedules in our house, like most, can be very busy. We, as parents of a hurt child, understand how easy it is for the well siblings to feel devalued when working one-on-one so much with their hurt sister. We elected to let them be a team-player versus a spectator in her development and it has proven to be a hugely valuable application for our entire family of six!


Even at the young age of six, our Abigail, participates in sign language, entertainment while Bailey in the stander, and even likes to coordinate her baby dolls down the inclined floor (correctly!). Our eldest two daughters, who are ten and twelve, are just as helpful as adults would be. The one-one-one time the girls have with Bailey allows for wonderful bonding time, not to mention awesome back-ups when mom or dad are really in need of a quick assistant!

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The DeMoss Family

We were given a gift. We didn’t know what kind of gift this would end up being. It was definitely not what we expected for our fourth child. This particular little gift seemed bigger and more daunting than anything we had ever encountered in our family’s history. This gift wasn’t wrapped with clean crisp colorful wrapping paper and a nice curly ribbon. Victoria Joy came more like a tiny little envelope with a coupon that seemed to promise a difficult, unknown trip into the years to come. I can safely say that one of the reasons we could enjoy this gift the way we do is because we were given a lifeline.


Our lifeline was found at the end of a call to “the wrong number.” I landed on The Family Hope Center’s answering machine. An incessant and intense curiosity (in retrospect, a God-sent strong guiding emotion) to find out what organization it made me call again and pursue them. We found out it was a place that could help people with “brain injuries.” We asked a hundred questions and almost miraculously a couple of weeks later my husband and I walked into the three-day parent training seminar.

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The Saade Family

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Expert Perspectives on Our Publication

Linda Baker, MD, CCH

If you’re the parent of a special needs child, please read this book. You will find an empowering and refreshing way of viewing your

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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

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Mira Helena Bergkvist, MD

This book is so rich in enlightenment and knowledge of how parents or other close relatives can bring hope and development

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Stephanie Ale, DPT, MDT, CSCS

As a medical professional, I’ve heard countless lectures in neurology and read numerous textbooks for courses. As a parent,

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Kerry D’Ambrogio DOM, AP, PT, DO- MTP, AdvCBI, AdvCBP, SrCBI

I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew Newell when he attended one of my classes. Since then, I have had the opportunity to

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Hear from parents who completed theParent Training Course

When I booked this training session, I began to sleep at night. This was my therapy before my daughter or I received therapy. This is all common sense or learned through experience, yet our doctors and neurologists didn’t tell us any of this. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Virginia Mills-Hannaford
United States

This stuff is revolutionary and gave me hope for success. Thank you for your passion to heal children…or rather, help us as parents to heal our children!

Kelly Worthington
United States

Thank you for giving us hope! I was starting to think things could never improve. Now, we’re going back to the beginning and helping my son develop his brain, instead of constantly trying to “therapy” him appropriately. This made sense to me. Wish I had known about FHC sooner. Feeling very hopeful and positive. Thank you.

Linda Appleby
United States

We have really felt lost lately. I don’t feel so lost now. You really helped me realize that it wasn’t too late, that we could rebuild the brain at any age. Keep going! You’re doing awesome work.

Diane McCaslin
United States

It was Amazing! One of the most informative 3 days of my life! Worth the investment. I’m so excited. I feel like your knowledge saved us – we are surviving, we are living now. It is a good life against all odds. Thank you.

Nina Reffstrup

I feel confident that I have devised a programme that will help my child in our home. I now know where my child is coming from and where we need to go. The most important thing I learned at this conference was learning about my daughter’s brain and how to understand her. Thank you so very much.

Greg  D.

The opportunity to hear strategies focused on ‘bottom up’ approach regarding my son instead of ‘top down’ focus we have experienced so far.


Yes, yes, yes! I am very exciting to have a plan to really help my child. I love that you practice what you preach with lots of breaks and healthy food options. I love that FHC did all the hard work and shared it with us. My life will be different, my children will be different. This is life changing! Thank you for making it affordable to the masses. I will tell everybody about your seminars and programs.

Jill Erb

It’s a shame I didn’t take this when my children were young. Now I know the importance of the different signs we see in our children…[and] about how different parts of the brain function…Thank you and best wishes! You’re a great Team! God bless you! Thank you!

Maria Elena Rodarte

I’m soo greatful for the opportunity. Thank you for empowering me to intervene and to heal and start a process of restoration for my son. The program is amazing!

Litita Ajaere
South Africa

I find it very precise, excellent, professional. Really appreciate you. Words is not enough to explain the gratitude for gaining insight and wisdom into what you have learnt and gathered over so many years.

Herriette Conradee
South Africa

Nobody could tell us how Alex was doing neurologically. All we were told is that he has Down & West syndrome. But what does this mean for our child? [This helped us] find out where Alex is right now and the program we need to help him thrive. Thank you so much for giving us hope (we sometimes forget we have it when we don’t see our children move forward with other therapy). We can’t move forward with out this hope. Thank you!!!

Moica Luna

This has been THE best training I have ever been to! I loved the breakout sessions. This was the first time a conference on the brain really followed what and how the brain works and learns. The best part of the conference was the organization of materials, and how to use them as tools to set up an organized, definite plan for helping a child.

Nancy Southwick

Thank You! Your Center and Team are the answer to our prayers. We stopped feeling alone in wanting to heal our 2 children on day 1 of this conference.

Kai Rhew

When I first heard of ‘The Family Hope Center’, I thought the name was a bit corny. But now I feel it’s an incredibly suitable name! I appreciate the Team’s commitment and desire to help kids, the availability of the whole Team and the genuine way they approach each person and situation. Thank you.

Susan Skaret

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