About Our Services
We recognize that deciding on the best course of action for your child can be stressful and overwhelming. There are many options available, interventions across fields, and different treatment modalities to choose from. At the Family Hope Center, our goal is to partner with parents in the complex and sometimes challenging process of nurturing their child to reach her/his full potential. From the moment a child is diagnosed with a disability, parents are exposed to a new world of terminology, treatment options, resources, and services. Our approach is to teach, guide, and support parents in developing effective, customized and integrative plans for both families and children. Each individualized plan is designed to fit your specific needs and to help foster your child’s cognitive, communicative, sensorimotor, emotional, social, and physiological development.
Our therapeutic model focuses on three fundamental goals:
- Teach parents how to improve their child’s function in all areas of development
- Guide parents in choosing the most appropriate treatment plan for their child’s present levels of development
- Support parents in the implementation of their child’s individualized program at home.
We provide the following options for families:
1. Parent Training Conference
The conference is the first step for interested parents and professionals. The Parent Training Conference serves as a critical first step towards building an effective partnership in the support of your child’s development while providing an in-depth introduction to the approaches, treatment, philosophies and language used by the Family Hope Center. It is designed to provide parents with the tools, skills, and information to positively influence their child’s development.
i. Conference topics
- How the brain develops over time, how it grows in response to its environment and the processes by which it heals itself (e.g., brain development, neuroplasticity, and neurogenesis)
- How the body’s physiological health and wellness contributes to (or impairs) the brain’s ability to function and develop (e.g., nutrition, physiology and the brain, neurobiology)
- Assessing and evaluating individuals based on neurological function and developmental ability: understanding your child’s unique neurology is central to developing an effective therapeutic approach (e.g., evaluating individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, introducing the Integrative and Developmental Progression Chart)
ii. Participant Goals
- Explain the assessment tool used to comprehensively evaluate an individual’s abilities across 6 areas of development: visual, auditory, motor, sensory, cognitive, and social using existing knowledge of their child’s abilities
- Instruct parents on how to use the assessment tool:
- as a source for establishing a practical plan to help their child mature developmentally
- how to use the tool to prioritize treatment areas, and how to maximize the effectiveness of a treatment package
- Teach participants how to consistently apply the tool to monitor progress and respond to therapy over time
- Measure how and to what degree the implemented treatments are affecting the individual’s progress
iii. Promoting neurogenesis
- Parents are taught lifestyle changes, strategies, and practices to implement at home to promote neurogenesis and thereby improve the functional abilities of their children
Click here for a detailed list of conference objectives
Click here to see a sample conference schedule
Click here to see a list of our upcoming conferences and to register (by country)
Click here to read feedback from parents who attended the conference
2. Evaluation, Therapeutic Plan (2-day appointment) & 6-Month Follow-Up Support
While the Parent Training Conference is intended to be a standalone service, it is merely an introduction to the incredibly complex series of topics it covers. Our 2-day program is for parents interested in learning more and receiving more one-on-one techniques and strategies. Families also receive a more comprehensive and individualized plan for their children, hands-on instruction and six months of direct support.
- Comprehensive neurological, developmental, medical, and orthopedic evaluations, including a review of the child’s medical history and any previous neuropsychological and/or developmental assessments
- An individualized therapeutic and nutritional plan designed specifically for your children by our interdisciplinary team.
- Hands-on instruction for parents in the techniques, strategies, and practical skills necessary to implement all aspects of your child’s treatment plan at home.
- Six months of unlimited, direct support from our team for implementing your home treatment plan, including video feedback sessions, ongoing coaching, progress monitoring, and modifications as necessary
- Support and guidance related to community resources, Individualized Education Plans (IEP), and more.
- Click here for a sample 2-day schedule
3. Partner with the Family Hope Center (6-12 month follow-up: re-evaluation and review of therapeutic plan
As children age and improve in their functional abilities and overall development, it is important to periodically review, update, or modify the treatments and strategies included in their plan. The Family Hope Center offers revisit appointments to families (typically 6-12 months after initial visit).
Explanation of Costs
A primary concern of many parents is the cost of our services compared to other medical treatments or therapies. This page is intended to address some of those concerns and to explain the value of our service model given the diverse range of expertise we provide.
1. Our costs may seem high compared to the cost of traditional outpatient therapies in part because we combine individual treatment costs and ask parents to pay a lump sum, upfront, rather than cost per hour.
- The Parent Training Conference includes 30 hours of intensive instruction over 3 days, as well as lunch and refreshments each day.
- 2-day appointment + 6-month support: includes various assessments, evaluations, consultations, and individualized instruction from an interdisciplinary team combined with unlimited clinical team support over the subsequent 6 months.
2. We believe that by teaching parents skills and strategies they can implement directly at home, the value of what parents receive per hour from the Family Hope Center is much greater than traditional therapeutic interventions that involve only the therapist and the child.
- Parents can implement these interventions at home more frequently and/or intensively than is possible during a traditional one-hour per week appointment.
3. Our model allows us to combine the clinical and medical expertise of a diverse team, allowing parents to access multiple specialists for one cost.
- Typically, a single treatment (or appointment) constitutes a single cost. However, most children require a myriad of treatments or consultations with multiple specialists to meet the full range of their needs. When those treatments are combined together into a comprehensive plan (as we do at the FHC), the cumulative cost is much higher. Our 2-day appointment, for example, includes multiple treatment modalities and six months of unlimited support from all of the specialists that your child might need. In comparison, the total amount spent on other individual therapies and medical appointments over a 6-month period would be similar to our up-front fee.
More Details on our Services and Costs
Parent Training Conference
$880 for one parent, $1500 for two parents (U.S. only)
The Parent Training Conference is an intensive 3-day conference that involves 30+ hours of group instruction, practical demonstrations, small group workshops, and frequent/structured opportunities for question/answer periods.
$3950 (2nd child 50% off) (U.S. only) – this does not apply to expense fees in different countries
A 2-day appointment at the Family Hope Center involves an extensive evaluation of your child, consultation with multiple specialists, an individualized treatment program, and parent training.
- Day 1 – children receive a comprehensive evaluation from one of our clinical staff, a review of your child’s medical history, full medical appointment and physical check, nutritional consultation, and an orthopedic consultation.
- Day 2 – parents receive practical, step-by-step instruction on various components of an individualized home treatment program, tailored to their child based on the previous day’s evaluations by various members of the team. Parents receive individualized instruction in behavioral strategies, social/emotional development, sensory interventions, fine/gross motor interventions, educational programs, and breathing programs.
Additional Financial Resources
Aligned with our core philosophical values, our goal is to provide parents with as much information and resources as possible to help mitigate the financial cost of our services. To that end, we have prepared a list of financial resources for parents including insurance, government programs, and private funding. For parents living in the United States, this list includes information concerning medical assistance and guidelines for reimbursement by the state. For those living outside the United States, we have listed partner organizations that raise money privately to support parents participating in our programs or services. For all our parents (domestic and international), we also participate in using the WeeFIM, a pediatric assessment tool used around the world to measure the functional change in response to medical intervention or treatment. The FIM was originally developed to provide data that would measure rehabilitation program outcomes for third-party payers and accrediting bodies.
See also: Education & Advocacy