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:
We provide the following options for families:
- 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.
Parent Training Conference
Our 3-day 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.
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)
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
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
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
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.
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, up front, rather than cost per hour.
3-day training conference: includes 30 hours of intensive instruction,
as well as lunch and refreshments each day.
2-day appointment + 6-month support: includes various assessments,
evaluations, consultations, and and individualized instruction from
an interdisciplinary team combined with unlimited clinical team
support over the subsequent 6 months.
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.
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 or 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
3-Day 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
Additional Financial Resources
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.
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 state. For those living outside the United
States, we have listed partner organizations who 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 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