FHC Clinical Principals/Approaches


We invite professionals to attend our Parent Training Conference

Sample Parent Training Conference Schedule

A summary of the 3 day Conference:


First Day - Registration: 8 AM, Instruction 8:30 AM-7:30 PM
  • Introduction to our staff
  • Conference objectives and goals
  • Understanding your child
  • The source of your child’s symptoms
  • The degrees of neurological disorganization
  • Lunch and breakout session. Lunch provided by The Family Hope Center
  • The Integrative and Developmental Progression (IDP) chart
  • Evaluation and diagnosis of your child
  • Questions for the staff

Second Day - 8:30 AM-7:30 PM (May extend to 8 PM)
  • How the brain functions
  • How the brain grows
  • The principles for creating an excellent program for your specific child
  • The vital importance of oxygen for your child’s success
  • Lunch and breakout session. Lunch provided by The Family Hope Center
  • The vital importance of excellent nutrition for your child’s success
  • How to improve the sensory pathways
  • Understanding language
  • Developing understanding and language with reading
  • Designing your child’s program
  • Orthopedics
  • Cranio Sacral
  • Family Testimonials

Third Day - 8:30 AM-7:30 PM (May extend to 8 PM)
  • Physical practicum
  • Independent reading
  • Emotional and social growth
  • How to improve your child’s coordination
  • Lunch provided by The Family Hope Center
  • How to improve your child’s mobility function
  • How to improve your child's overall organization
  • Parent’s certification and comments

After each period of instruction, there will be a 15-minute break to ask questions and have coffee and refreshments. There will be a one-hour lunch period dividing the day. Team members who are not lecturing will be available during the breaks to answer your questions.

Library Database/Resources


  • Communication and Language
    • Sign Language and the Brain. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2451852
  • Evidence-Based Practice
    • Odom, S. L., Brantlinger, E., Gersten, R., Horner, R. H., Thompson, B., & Harris, K. R. (2005). Research in special education: Scientific methods and evidence-based practices. Exceptional children, 71(2), 137-148
    • Cook, B. G., Tankersley, M., & Landrum, T. J. (2009). Determining evidence-based practices in special education. Exceptional Children, 75(3), 365-383
    • Travers, J., Cook, B. G., Therrien, W. J., & Coyne, M. D. (2016). Replication Research and Special Education. Remedial & Special Education, 37, 195-204
    • Slocum, T. A., Detrich, R., Wilczynski, S. M., Spencer, T. D., Lewis, T., & Wolfe, K. (2014). The evidence-based practice of applied behavior analysis. The Behavior Analyst, 37(1), 41-56
    • Thyer, B.A. (2004). What is evidence-based practice? Brief treatment and crisis intervention. 4(2): p. 167
  • Families
    • DeRigne, L. J. (2012). The employment and financial effects on families raising children with special health care needs: an examination of the evidence. Pediatr Health Care:26:283-90.
    • Dirks, T., Hadders-Algra, M. (2011) The role of the family in intervention of infants at high risk of cerebral palsy: a systematic analysis. Dev Med Child Neurol:53:62-7.
    • Erickson MF, Kurz-Reimer KM (2002): Infants, Toddlers and Families. Guilford press. https://books.google.co.za
    • Miller, J. E., Nugent, C. N., Russell L. B. (2015). Risk factors for family time burdens providing and arranging health care for children with special health care needs: Lessons from nonproportional odds models. Soc Sci Res;52:602-14
  • Motor Development
    • Inge Franki, Kaat Desloovere, Josse De Cat, Hilde Feys, Guy Molenaers, Patrick Calders, Guy Vanderstraeten, Eveline Himpens and Christine Van den Broeck, (2012): The Evidence-Base For Conceptual Approaches And Additional Therapies Targeting Lower Limb Function In Children With Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review Using The International Classification Of Functioning, Disability And Health As A Framework. In Journal of Rehabilitative Medicine 44: 396–405. www.medicaljournals.se/jrm/content/download.php?doi=10.2340/16501977-0984
    • Mayston, M. (2014). Intervention planning, implementation and evaluation, in Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice, B. Dan, et al., Editors. Wiley. p. 339
  • Neurology / Neurodevelopment
    • Reid, L.B., S.E. Rose, and R.N. Boyd (2015). Rehabilitation and neuroplasticity in children with unilateral cerebral palsy. Nature Reviews Neurology. 11(7): p. 390-400
    • Preferential incorporation of adult-generated granule cells into spatial memory networks in the dentate gyrus – by Nohjin Kee, cátia M Teixeira, Afra H Wang & Paul W Frankland. Nohjin Kee, Cátia M. Teixeira, +1 author Paul W. Frankland. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/b08a/7e0acb592816da935b9b1542d279836fa4ee.pdf
    • Response of the Brain to Enrichment Environment – by Marian Diamond. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. vol.73 no.2 Rio de Janeiro June 2001. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0001-37652001000200006 [N1]
    • 1. Boyle, C. A., Boulet, S., Schieve, L. A., Cohen, R. A., Blumberg, S. J., Yeargin-Allsopp, M., Visser, S., Kogan, M.D. (2011). Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in US Children 1997–2008. Pediatrics;127(6):1034-42.
    • 1. Accardo J, Shapiro BK. Neurodevelopment disabilities: beyond the diagnosis. Semin Pedriatr Neurol. 2005 Dec;12(4):242-9.
    • Gogtay N, Giedd JN, Lusk L, Hayashi KM, Greenstein D, Vaituzis AC, Nugent TF 3rd, Herman DH, Clasen LS, Toga AW, Rapoport JL, Thompson PM. Dynamic mapping of human cortical development during childhood through early adulthood. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2004; 101(21): 8174–8179
    • Gogtay N, Giedd JN, Lusk L, Hayashi KM, Greenstein D, Vaituzis AC, Nugent TF 3rd, Herman DH, Clasen LS, Toga AW, Rapoport JL, Thompson PM. Dynamic mapping of human cortical development during childhood through early adulthood. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2004; 101(21): 8174–8179
    • Toga, A. W., Thompson, P. M., Sowell, E. R. (2006). Mapping brain maturation. Trends in Neurosciences, 29, 148-159
    • UCLA researchers make first direct recording of mirror neurons in human brain. http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-researchers-make-first-direct-156503[N1]
    • The dependence receptors DCC and UNC5H as a link between neuronal guidance and survival – By Patrick Mehlen and Laetitia Mazelin. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1016/S0248-4900(03)00072-8/pdf
  • Neurobiology
    • The Molecular Biology of Axon Guidance – by Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Corey S. Goodman. http://people.physics.illinois.edu/Selvin/PRS/498IBR/The%20Molecular%20Biology%20of%20Axon%20Guidance%20--%20Tessier-Lavigne%20and%20Goodman%20274%20(5290)_%201123%20--%20Science.pdf
    • 1. Doman G, Peligra R. Ictogenesis: the origin of seizures in humans. A new look at an old theory. Med Hypothesis. 2003 Jan;60(1):129-32.
  • Nutrition
    • Exley C. The toxicity of aluminum in humans. Morphologie[N1] . 2016 Jun;100(329):51-5. doi: 10.1016/j.morpho.2015.12.003. Epub 2016 Feb 28
    • Rossignol DA, Genius SJ, Frye RE. Environmental toxicants and autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review. Transl Psychiatry. 2014 Feb 11;4:e360. doi: 10.1038/tp.2014.4
    • Pall ML. Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health. Environ Res. 2018 Mar 21;164:405-416. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.01.035. [Epub ahead of print]
    • Milward C, Ferriter M, Calver S, Connell-Jones G. Gluten- and casein-free diets for autistic spectrum disorder. Cochrane Database Syst Review. 2004;(2):CD003498
  • Pediatric Assessment Tools
    • 1. Aakre KJ, Paul K, Barry S. Developmental Screening “Preferred Tool List” for Children Birth to Three years. Submitted to the Agency of Human Services Office of Vermont Health Access 2010. http://dvha.vermont.gov/for-providers/developmental-screening-preferred-tool-list-may-2011.pdf, last accessed 31 March 2016.
    • 1. Bayley N. Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development. San Antonio, TX:Harcourt Assessment; 2006.
    • 1. Bricker D, Squires J, Twombly E. Ages and Stages Questionnaires: A Parent-Completed, Child Monitoring System. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co; 1995.
    • 1. DeVeney SL, Hoffman L, Cress CJ. Communication-based assessment of developmental age for young children with developmental disabilities. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2012;55(3):695-709.
    • Mackrides, Paula S., Ryherd, Susan J. (2011). Screening for Developmental Delay. Am Fam Physician;84:544-549
    • Hamilton S. Screening for developmental delay: reliable, easy-to-use tools. J Fam Pract. 2006;55(5):415–422
    • Msall, M.E., DiGaudio, K., Duffy, L.C., LaForest, S., Braun, S., Granger, C.V. (1994) WeeFIM. Normative sample of an instrument for tracking functional independence in children. Clinical pediatrics;33:431-438
    • Ottenbacher, K.J., Msall, M.E., Lyon, N.R., Duffy, L.C., Granger, C.V., Braun, S. (1997). Interrater agreement and stability of the Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM): use in children with developmental disabilities. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation;78:1309-1315
    • Msall, M.E., DiGaudio, K., Rogers, B.T., et al. (1994). The Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM). Conceptual basis and pilot use in children with developmental disabilities. Clinical pediatrics;33:421-430
  • Pediatric Medicine
    • Kliegman, R., Stanton, B., St Geme III, J., Schor, N. (2016). Textbook of Pediatrics. (20th ed.), Philadelphia: Elsevier, (Chapter 16)
    • Van Naarden Braun K, Christensen D, Doernberg N, Schieve L, Rice C, Wiggins L, Schendel D, Yeargin-Allsopp M. Trends in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, intellectual disability, and vision impairment, metropolitan Atlanta, 1991-2010. PLoS One. 2015 Apr 29;10(4)
    • Quach, J., Jansen, P. W., Mensah, F.K., Wake, M. (2015). Trajectories and Outcomes Among Children With Special Health Care Needs. Pediatrics;135:842-50
  • Physiology
    • Hu Q, Manaenko A, Xu T, Gut Z, Tang J, Zhang JH. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for traumatic brain injury: bench-to-bedside. Med Gas Res. 2016 Jul 11;6(2):102-110. eCollection 2016 Apr-Jun
    • The Impact of Hypercarbia on the Evolution of Brain Injury in a Porcine Model of Traumatic Brain Injury and Systemic Hemorrhage, J Neurotrauma 2001 Jan;18(1):57-71
    • Cerebral oxygenation during hemorrhagic shock: perils of hyperventilation and the therapeutic potential of hypoventilation, Manley et al.,J Trauma 2000 Jun;48(6):1025-32
    • Hyperoxic Brain Effects Are Normalized by Addition of CO2, Macey, Woo, Harper,PLOS Medicine May 2007(4) Issue 5 (www.plosmedicine.org)
    • Jan JE, Owens JA, Weiss MD, Johnson KP, Wasdell MB, Freeman RD, Ipsiroglu OS. Sleep hygiene for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Pediatrics. 2008 Dec;122(6):1343-50. doi: 10.1542/peds.2007-3308
    • Liu P, D De Vis J, Lu H. Cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) MRI with CO2 challenge: A technical review. Neuroimage. 2018 Mar 21. pii: S1053-8119(18)30257-X. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.03.047 [Epub ahead of print]
    • Grandjean, A (2004): World Health Organization: Water Requirements, Impinging Factors, and Recommended Intakes. Available: http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutwaterrequir.pdf
    • Santos MTB, Batista R, Guaré RO, Leite MF, Ferreira MCD, Durao MS, Nascimento OA and Jardim JR (2011): Salivary osmolality and hydration status in children with Cerebral Palsy. In Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine 40(7): 582-85. Abstract Available: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0714.2011.01027.x/full
    • Meyers RS (2009): Paediatric Fluid and Electrolyte Therapy. In The Journal of Paediatric Pharmacology And Therapeutics (JPPT) 14(4):204-211. Available: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3460795/.
  • Sensory Development
    • A specific role for the human amygdala in olfactory memory. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14557604
    • Odor –associative Learning and Emotion: Effects on Perception and Behaviorhttps://academic.oup.com/chemse/article/30/suppl_1/i250/270391
    • Olfaction, Emotion & the Amygdala: Arousal dependent modulation of log-term autobiographical memory and its association with olfaction: beginning to unravel the Proust phenomenon? https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Olfaction-%2C-Emotion-%26-the-Amygdala-%3A-modulation-of-Hughes/54715a022fd7362b34adfc167eef26b26c669c8e
  • Statistical Modeling
    • 1. Bond TG, Fox CM. (2001) Applying the Rasch Model: Fundamental Measurement in the Human Sciences. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc.
    • Linacre, J., Wright, B.D. (1994) Chi-square fit statistics. Rasch Meas Transact;8: 350-351
    • 1. Boone, W. J., Staver, J. R., Yale, M. S., & SpringerLink (2014). Rasch analysis in the human sciences. Dordrecht: Springer.