I was given a scholarship to the Family Hope Center’s 3-day seminar for purpose of reviewing the program. I have not been compensated in any way, and my opinions are my own. I have invited other parents who attended to stop by so you can see other opinions as well.
I will be writing more about the seminar, but I wanted you to get a feel for what the parents took away from the three days. At the end, just before we got our certificates of completion, Matthew Newell passed around the microphone so each parent could share the most important thing they learned from all the sessions. Of course it’s hard to pick one. Warning: you will want Kleenex.
For me, the biggest thing I learned was going through the neurological development chart, evaluating Dr. J., and seeing his neurological age on paper.
The rest of these are real parents, teachers, and caregivers. I did not make these up. I am using them as I wrote them down.
“I’m not alone.”
“I can do this.”
“I have a plan.”
“Hope. Faith. Love.”
“I now have a systematic approach that is doable and real.”
“I have found relief from learning about what’s going on in my son’s brain.”
“I appreciated the Einstein quote.”
“You gave us a Rosetta stone. Now it makes sense what is going on in their brains.”
“I understand my brain better.”
“The light is on. I can see the light.”
“My child is well. He’s just hurt right now. He’s going to be ok.”
“We feel empowered.”
“We are not alone. Nothing is impossible.”
“I found my missing piece.”
“We are on the right track and we have been given tangible tools we can use to help waken our daughter’s brain.”
“I really appreciated seeing the quality of the team you’ve put together and seeing their enthusiasm.”
“My son is going to be fine and I don’t need to worry anymore and I’ll be able to sleep at night.”
“We’ve all heard, ‘Go and stimulate your child’s brain.’ Now we know how to do it.”
“Don’t give up.”
“My son has gone from seven diagnoses to one.”
“I’m done looking for what’s going to help my son.”
“I’m really struck that a blind child can learn to see.”
“The fix is relatively easy. It’s going to take time and effort, but we can do it on our own.”
“I feel like we’re winning now.”
“I will take these things home to Denmark and do it differently for the children at our school.”
“I can’t wait to get home and get my little boy on the right track.”
“We’re all in very good hands with this team.”
“It was eye-opening to be with so many people from so many states and countries that could understand what we all go through.”
And, from a 13 year-old boy who attended with his parents…
“I’ve never been good at making friends and I thought that was something people just had. Now I know I can pull it together and I hope some day I can be normal and make friends.”
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