Much of the theory behind the program is based on the concept of neuroplasticiy - the ability of
the brain to reorganize its structure and functions - there is still a lot that is unknown about
neuroplasticity, the brain does not have limitless etc. - from Exeter (pull the source)
the problematic claim that the same intervention will be effective for and cure a variety
of diseases with diverse aetiologies.
Evaluation and Treatment Approach - How we are different
Traditional medical diagnostic criteria relies on a collection of symptoms
needed to arrive at a diagnosis. At the FHC our evaluative approach focuses
more on functional ability in different areas, yielding a far different
(and we believe, more descriptive) kind of diagnosis that is far more helpful
to parents in their daily lives. This different perspective and the language
used to describe it are the focus of our parent conference. Thus, as you will
learn from our conference, we use much different (more precise?) language to
classify the children we evaluate, language that is a primary focus of our parent
conference. However, we understand that classically, your child has been diagnosed
according to the symptoms they exhibit (as opposed to the functional developmental
abilities they possess), and so we have created the following list for you,
according to those classical categories.
Children are traditionally diagnosed/classified according to.....
We offer a different perspective.
Our evaluation and treatment philosophies represent a fundamental shift away from
the traditional/medical model. Because of this, a critical first step towards building
an effective partnership in the support of your child’s development is an introduction
to those philosophies and the language used. For these reasons, we created the parent
conference as a critical first step in our partnership with you. While the conference
is intended as a standalone entity, and will provide parents with extremely important
tools, skills, and information they can use to positively influence their child’s development
right away, it also serves as the foundation for a potential future partnership with our
families who take the next step and visit the FHC.
Traditional treatment models in which children receive therapy a few times a week leaves a
void for those parents who are interested in doing more. We find that avenues for those
parents are often few or difficult to access. We are an organization dedicated to filling
that void, working with and for families who are interested in learning skills and information
they can apply at home with their children to improve their relationships, manage difficult
behavior, or promote new growth in a variety of developmental, cognitive, or social areas.
Our parents want to maximize their child’s potential, and we want to help support them by
providing and synthesizing the vast amount of information and therapies out there for parents
to choose from. Parents who want to learn more about development, etc