Perhaps after investigating our website, you are reading this letter to learn more information about the Family Hope Center (FHC), our mission, our philosophy, and our results. You might be trying to determine whether to invest your precious time and hard-earned money into a clinic whose approach is unique and parent-centered. We believe you can learn a great deal about people by what they profess to believe and what they pronounce as their core values. We also believe in empowering parents and that the brain can always continue developing. Separately and together, we have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of parents and their children since 1981. We are honored to have witnessed more than 4 decades of devotion, love and purpose that parents have provided their children.
We started our own family while working with children. Our training and expertise were put to the test when two of our children faced complex developmental difficulties. Our first daughter began life as a healthy baby. She progressed well until the age of three months– but suffered an injury during which we witnessed a serious neurological unraveling. Her right eye turned in, her whole right side became weaker, and in the years that followed she struggled with reading and writing. It took many years of daily, diligent effort to completely develop her neurological function. We applied the same approach with our daughter that we take with all the children we treat at the FHC: bottom up, neurologically based, and physiologically sensitive. We are proud to share that our daughter is now a doctor of occupational therapy and works at one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country. She knows that her hard work and our dedication has paid off. As parents, we have peace knowing we were able to shepherd her through her injury and help her achieve her best possible future.
Our family then adopted our youngest daughter when she was five months old. She came to us with her own intellectual and emotional challenges, some of which made her cry for hours. It was heartbreaking and sometimes frustrating, but once we identified the root cause of her issues, we took steps to heal her as we did with her older sister. She graduated from college as a champion athlete while also volunteering as a lieutenant in the Fire Department. She later became certified as an EMT, a job that allows her to model the care and dedication she received throughout childhood for others in need. We are proud to have passed these skills on to her, and see it as a reflection of the hours we committed over the years to supporting her in achieving her full potential.
We applied the knowledge we gained during our clinical work and careers to help our children overcome their respective challenges. The results didn’t happen overnight. It took years of learning, dedication, patience, love, and continued faith in the brain’s ability to heal.
The result of this journey is that we have two perspectives to share with you—one as professionals and the other as parents. We have been in your shoes and recognize what you have been going through and how resilient you can be. We are committed to your success and want to share the knowledge, personal experiences, and neurological strategies we have gained to help you become empowered and productive “neuro-parents”. We invite you to contact us with your questions and look forward to seeing you at one of our future webinars or parent training conferences.
All the very best,
Carol and Matthew Newell
Directors of the Family Hope Center