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Final Words from the Family Hope Center Seminar

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. Continue reading

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Family Hope Seminar Day 2

(If you missed Day 1, here you go!)

Once again I’m pretty tired. Another long day of learning. Today we started learning how to put together a program for our children. The program includes oxygen, nutrition, and then whatever components our particular child is lacking–sensory, mobility, emotional/social.

I will write a lot more later, but today I want to give a shout out to the staff at the Hilton Garden Inn Valley Forge. The Family Hope Center chose a great location for its seminar. I have yet to meet an unfriendly or unhelpful staff member. They have all been excellent, and I have even watched them take extra time to interact with some of the special needs kids that are here. Kudos!

Family Hope Seminar Day 2 via ManyHatsMommy.comAlso, the Family Hope Center staff has been very helpful and friendly. They walk around seeing if anyone has any questions and have taken their lunch time to do “working lunches” with us and lead group discussions/answer questions. They are determined to send us home armed with knowledge and a map of a program we can use with our children. Tonight I had a chance to eat dinner with some of them afterward and get to know them as well as pick their brains a bit. I really enjoyed getting to know them a bit on a personal level as opposed to just part of the seminar. Thanks for spending time with me!

And now, I must sign off. Another full day tomorrow! My gfree friends from the 2:1 Conference will appreciate this picture. At each of the breaks there are lots of berries, nuts, and some other fruits for us to snack on to keep our brains energized. Notice there is no pineapple or cantaloupe. 🙂

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Empowering Special Needs Parents

Today’s post will be short. I have lots to do before I head to Pennsylvania for Family Hope Center’s special needs seminar. I’m really looking forward to connecting with other special needs parents and learning from the Newells and their staff!

I told you in my last #FHC review post that I would tell you about FHC’s positive approach. Here we go!

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Here’s what I love so far about the Thriving Child Program and the Newell’s philosophy:

  • “Many times parents feel like they’re in the back seat of their child’s needs, or even not in the car. We want to put you in the driver’s seat.”
  • No guilt implied or intended as Matthew and Carol Newell explain the parts of the brain and what could have caused problems. “It’s not your fault.” They just want to help you help your child progress.
  • “We chart ability, not disability.”
  • “No child is hopeless.”

With quotes like that, you can see the positive attitude that flows from the Newells. That rubs off! In the often discouraging and uncertain world of special needs, this difference is much appreciated.

Again, I welcome you to follow #FHCReview on Twitter and Instagram. I’ve been sharing thoughts and quotes as I go through the program. Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like me to be watching for this week during the seminar!

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Challenging Belief Systems: Family Hope Center & Special Needs

As I work through my Family Hope Center ongoing review, I am being challenged. Matthew and Carol Newell are challenging me to look at what I believe about the body and what is possible and what the modern marvels of medicine have taught me.

I know I am probably going to get some heat for this post, but I still think it’s important, especially in relation to the Family Hope Center’s programs. If you’re going to consider using their methods, you have to be willing to let go of what most of us have been taught as we grew up. So, let me start by saying two things.

I am not trying to start an online war about modern medicine vs. what is now considered non-traditional treatments. I ask that you keep the discussion respectful. Remember you don’t know what other people have experienced. Personally, I always try to remember what works for me (GFCF diet, for example) may not work for others, and I should temper my enthusiasm when sharing a new treatment and not overwhelm the other person. I am also not trying to say I know everything. I am sharing what has been going through my mind as I listen to these trainings. In our home, we use both medicine and non-medical treatments.

Now, let’s get on to my thoughts… Continue reading


Temple Grandin’s New Book: Different, Not Less

I know I just posted a review the other day, but I couldn’t wait to get this in your hands once I finished reading Dr. Temple Grandin’s new book that isn’t even on shelves yet!

I don’t know if I can explain how it felt to sit at my computer and see Temple Grandin’s book on my screen BEFORE it went to print! I still get goosebumps thinking about it! I must start my review by thanking Future Horizons for such an amazing opportunity! Thank you to my readers, too, for giving me an audience! I wouldn’t have reviews and posts to write if it weren’t for you. Please read all the way to the end, Future Horizons has a really special treat for you!

Different, Not Less is Temple Grandin’s newest book–not even on store shelves yet! Dr. Grandin collected stories from adults on the spectrum. They share stories from growing up–from young childhood to college. These folks tell what their challenges and triumphs were. They boldly and bravely let us peek into their personal lives. Continue reading