Aug 20, 2013

Understanding Child Brain Development: Family Hope Center - TOS Crew Review

 Recently I was excited to get an opportunity to review Understanding Child Brain Development from The Family Hope Center.  Located in Norristown, PA, The Family Hope Center is dedicated to helping children with special needs and their families. They believe that most developmental conditions are caused by specific injuries to the brain and work with families to pinpoint the location of the brain that was injured and develop and individual treatment plan.  Their purpose is to help you and your family improve your child's capacities and quality of life.

The Essentials - What you need to know

For parents and caregivers of children of any age and ability, Understanding Child Brain Development features the director and vice director of The Family Hope Center, Matthew and Carol Newell.  In this seminar lasting a little over 2 hours, they help parents understand brain function better so they can help their children develop and grow to their fullest potential no matter which end of the brain function spectrum they fall on.  During the seminar you will take a peek into the brain's functions and learn 7 ways that you can start helping your child's brain to function better today.

To order the DVD you can call 610-397-1737 or you can order Understanding Child Brain Development online from IEW  for $19.00.

You can see Andrew Pudewa's introduction to the DVD and why IEW sells it by clicking here.

You can see an except of the DVD here.

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Family Hope Center travels around giving seminars to families that have children with special needs. However the DVD is geared towards everyone, as it helps give a better understanding into brain development in general. They really focus on teaching the parents not to focus on the disability but on the things that their kids can do. When charting development you need to start a chart on where your child is and try to make progress from there. Not making progress on a goal that is meant for other children.

There was lots of information on about how what we put into our bodies affects us. I know for a fact that this is true as my daughter has high functioning Autism and I have seen for myself how the food she eats has a dramatic effect on her.

I think the one thing to note is that this is 2 hours filmed during a live presentation and at times it may be hard to stay focused.  But I found pausing the DVD and taking a short break helped.  Also, because it is filmed and you are not there it was difficult to see the slides while the camera was focused on Mr. Newell’s face but I liked having the printed PDF with the slides to follow along with.

I really liked the fact that they didn’t promise quick fix solutions but explained that every child is unique and the time taken to achieve certain goals will depend on where the child is currently on the continuum of development.  One of the most interesting facts discussed in the video was that all the time babies spend on their backs these days can inhibit normal brain growth and development.  I like the hope that is presented during the video as well. 

The information shared in the video was hard fought for by the Newells, whose own daughter was unable to read for years and suffered rather profound brain injury (however, at the time of filming, she was reported to be a concert violinist and honors student).  As both husband and wife came from therapeutic backgrounds, they were determined to search out and find the solutions to help their child. The information was applied again when they adopted a child who also had learning and developmental challenges.

I found the entire two hour of the video very enlightening, literally introducing a whole new way to think about a child’s diagnosis and the hope for seeing change and while the Newells don’t talk about “cures,” they do talk about “recovery” and “hope.”

For any parents who swear by alternative healthcare, this DVD may be something you will want if you have a child with special needs. In fact, if you don’t have a child with special needs, and even if you don’t believe quite so firmly in alternative methods of healthcare, I think you’ll find all of the information on child brain development to be very informative and interesting.  In fact for any family dealing with any of these issues, in my opinion, it is two hours and $19.00 well spent. To order the DVD, please call 610-397-1737 or you can order Understanding Child Brain Development from the Institute for Excellence in Writing, facilitators of the production of this video.  Other Schoolhouse Review Crew Members also watched and reviewed this DVD. To read what they thought, please click the graphic below


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