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Parent-Centered Approach

Parent-Centered Approach

At the Family Hope Center, our primary focus is helping parents achieve the goals they have for their children. Our parents speak many different languages and come from a diverse range of countries, cultures, and beliefs. You reach us because of the commonalities we share:

  • You are dedicated to learning more information about the source of your child’s challenges
  • You want to learn the most appropriate strategies and activities you can implement at home with your child that will supplement more traditional interventions, therapies, education plans, and/or medical options available to you
  • You want to know how best to support your child in achieving the best possible life outcomes

Empowerment

The Family Hope Center empowers parents who do not know where to turn but who want to create a better future for their children. We want to “get you in the driver’s seat” of your child’s development by partnering with you and helping you better understand your child’s needs using a clinical approach.

Partnership

We believe parents understand their children the most and are in the best position to guide them to positive outcomes. We partner with parents and teach you how to take a primary and active role in your child’s development.

Education

At the Family Hope Center, we know that understanding your child is central to aiding in their developmental progress. Our goal is to help parents discover the source of each child’s neurological potential – as well as the challenges – and bridge the gap.

Our Therapeutic Approach

We believe that parents, given the proper knowledge, skills, and tools, have the capacity to implement highly effective interventions for their children. We also believe that a parent-centered therapeutic model designed to educate and support caregivers results in parent who feel more proactive, empowered, and better able to address their child’s developmental needs.

The Family Hope Center has physicians, clinicians, therapists, and educators working together to provide you with an individualized plan that is unique to your child’s needs. We seek to synthesize existing research, clinical expertise, and treatments across several fields to provide parents with information about therapeutic options that have been found to be beneficial for certain populations. We train parents to implement an individualized set of therapies at home.

Our therapeutic approach relies on three other fundamental principles:

1. The human brain continues to grow, organize, and reshape itself in response to its environment throughout the course of our entire lives.

This means that at any age and at any level of current functional ability, our brains are capable of rewiring themselves in response to injury – to regain old or develop new function. However, it also means that the brain needs the right kind of environment (and the right amount of opportunity) in order to do so effectively.

2. Parents, given the right knowledge, skills, and tools, have the capacity to be extraordinarily effective therapists for their children.

As parents, you have three distinct advantages:

      • You know your child best
      • You spend more time with your child than anyone else
      • You love your child, making you committed to your child’s ultimate success in life
      • Given these advantages, our model has both the potential to promote extraordinary outcomes for children and improved mental health outcomes for parents as well.

3. Our approach is neurologically-based and developmentally-sensitive. We create an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan that recognizes each child’s current levels of function in all areas of development (e.g., social, cognitive, sensorimotor, communicative).

We tailor therapies and activities to a child’s current levels of ability in each area.

Parents learn to use different language to describe a child’s diagnosis from the traditional medical model – language that focuses on describing levels of function and the particular area(s) of the brain responsible for those functions that are most impaired.

Evaluating Individuals with Disabilities

  • Our approach to evaluating and describing individuals with disabilities differs fundamentally from traditional diagnostic criteria, which relies on observing a particular collection of symptoms. We avoid using traditional diagnostic labels as our experience tells us that those categories can be imprecise.
  • Instead, we believe that describing individuals as the sum of their current abilities, rather than a collection of symptoms and disabilities, is a more useful, precise, and informative approach to diagnosis and ultimately leads to a more individualized and comprehensive treatment plan.
  • At the Family Hope Center, we teach parents how to use an assessment tool (the Integrative and Developmental Progression Chart), to measure a baseline of neurological, social, motor, sensory, and cognitive function, resulting in a more informative diagnosis based on specific functional abilities. This tool, which measures brain function across developmental stages and areas, also serves as the basis for evaluating your child’s progress and response to therapy.
  • We also use another functionally based tool to measure and track each child’s progress across domains: The Functional Independence Measure for children (WeeFIM).