CHILDRENS HEALTH COUNCIL INC

Rating: 5 stars   45 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Education, Health

Location: 650 Clark Way Palo Alto CA 94304 USA

Mission: At Children''s Health Council we believe in a world where every child can reach their promise and potential. We remove barriers to learning, helping children become resilient, happy and successful at home, at school and in life. We specialize in ADHD, LD, Anxiety & Depression and Autism Spectrum Disorders and promote Social Emotional Learning, Academics, Executive Function and Physical Development.
Results: Each year we impact approximately 1,900 children. Our free parent education reaches over 1,000 parents each year. In our 60-plus year history, we have impacted over 100,000 families.
Target demographics: families facing ADHD, LD, Anxiety & Depression and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,900 children and families
Geographic areas served: the San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: CHC has been helping children and families for 60 years, impacting over 100,000 children so far. Our clinical services and two schools serve families all over the Bay Area and San Francisco, including San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties. Services include evaluation, treatment and solutions for families facing the challenges of ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our goal is to help children develop the tools they need to be happy, resilient and successful. We serve approximately 1,900 children and families each year.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

Our family is so grateful for Children's Health Council! Our young son was struggling with depression and other mental health issues and no one seemed to know how to help him. He literally could not make it through a school day at our local elementary school. Every day, I waited to get "the call" from the principal that I needed to come get my son because he was unable to cope at school. The staff at CHC, and especially at EBC School, were there to support our son and our whole family, as we worked to get help for our son's very painful suffering. They never said "we don't know what to do". Instead, they said "we'll help you find answers". Today our son is a thriving senior at a local high school, looking forward to college! Thank you, CHC, for giving our son a new lease on life!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to get the word out! CHC is a treasure and more people should know about it.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Although our family have not been clients of CHC in the usual sense, we have received exceptional kindness and support from both the leadership and various members of staff. A year or so ago, Rosalie Whitlock generously took more than an hour of her time to go over the results of psychological testing we had done elsewhere, helping me to understand the implications more fully and plan our next steps. Rosalie's understanding of LD and ADhD is profound and she is exceptionally skilled at translating her technical understanding into terms that a lay person can grasp. When I sought help at a later time, attempting to understand if I should continue seeking ADD medication for my teenaged daughter, who doesn't fit the classic hyperactive model of attentional difficulties and wasn't passing the standard "checklist" approach to diagnosing ADD, she got me in touch with Dr. Glenn Elliott. Although Dr. Elliott focuses his practice on younger children, he spent several hours with me answering questions about the various forms of ADD and the medications available for treatment. As a result, I continued my search for a psychiatrist with a different approach and in the end got her the help that she needed. We also had occasion to speak with Dr. Kovar, who was a font of knowledge about the subtleties of psychological testing and whom I would have loved to have worked with had the timing been different.

Their impressive staff and their flexible willingness to help is only one of the ways in which I think CHC is an important resource to the community beyond their specific clients. Their role both in training upcoming professionals in the field of LD and ADhD and in providing parent education is well known. In addition, they provide meeting places for various outside organizations working to support families and schools who work with kids with learning and attentional differences. As just one example, I went to my first meeting of Parents Education Network of Silicon Valley (PEN-SV) at CHC and it has been a continuing resource for me.

All in all, I can't say enough positive things about CHC. My husband and I donate to the organization and will continue to do so because of the unique combination of services and expertise that they provide. We're lucky to have them right here in Palo Alto.

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I have been going to CHC for the last 12 years starting when my son was diagnosed with ASD. As new parents we were very worried and scared. CHC helped us and presently is helping us with their amazing group of professionals going through our journey in a more supportive way. Our son has made great progress after all he has gone through. We as a family could have never made this journey without CHC in our lives.
Gabriela Rojas

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When i was seven years old, I was in a serious car crash. i still remember vividly the weeks after, when i would wake up int he middle of the night screaming and crying. I couldn't get into cars and i was slowly getting more paranoid about ever type of vehicles or anything related to the crash. When i went to Childrens Health counsel for the first time, I will never forget the warm atmosphere that greeted me and the experienced staff that knew exactly how young children's minds work. After months of feeling petrified without knowing why, the psychologists at CHC helped me open up and come to terms with everything that happened in a way that i could process. From the well trained psychologists, to the warm atmosphere, I will forever be indebted to the people of CHC.

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My child was struggling in school and after a diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Elliott, it literally changed his life. He was immediately able to perform above grade level and is now succeeding in the top 10% of one of the top academic high schools in San Francisco. CHC changed our lives!

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Our son has been a long time client of CHC. We first met with Dr. Caryn Kovar who diagnosed our son as being dyslexic and helped us seek immediate remediation at the Charles Armstrong School. She has been wonderful to work with and has a terrific way with children.

While at Armstrong, we realized there were attention issues which kept our son from progressing. That's when Dr. Kovar brought Dr. Glen Elliott into the picture and diagnosed him as having"inattentive" ADHD. Dr. Elliott prescribed the perfect medication which unleashed our son's ability to fully apply his natural intelligence to school work.

Within a year, he transitioned out of Armstrong and is now a top performer at one of the top academic high schools in San Francisco.

Thanks to Dr. Kovar and Dr. Elliott our son is one of the lucky ones. They saved him continue to provide extraordinary service. I would recommend them without hesitation to any family who is struggling with a child who has learning difficulties

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CHC has helped our family in so many ways! When no one else could diagnose our child's issues properly, CHC came through. They were then able to follow-up with excellent family therapy. Today my son is thriving in the IT industry. We are now into our second family generation of treatment, as they are helping my grandson work through some learning issues. What an amazing place!

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We've had a very positive experience with the Center with two of our children. The staff are marvelous. They are great with kids, great with parents and their reports are very complete and accessible. The reports are so fascinating, we're going to be happy to know more about our kids and their individual learning styles as well. We really appreciate how the team at CHC have been a tremendous help to us at a hard time.

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2014

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Children's Health Council~ My son has been attending Sand Hill School . He also has had a full mental, emotional and social evaluation upstairs in The Center. We have learned valuable information which would have been tough to acquire elsewhere. We are very happy to be more aware of him and his needs. We work hard to help him, but we needed and still need the help of much of what CHC offers in order to have gotten to this point; a stepping off point to addressing the issues he faces. Fortunately, we know what to try to address now. They have the right combination of people and resources to help us progress and perhaps transition to public school one day. My wife and I love the services and protection CHC provides our son. The classroom size, the smaller reading and math groups, the incredible staff and approaches they use at SHS set it apart. The issues CHC can identify and address help us to do the best for our child. I am biased, but I have proof of the quality provided and that is all I need to endorse this great organization. -PeterO
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My 9 year old son has mild autism. He struggled tremendously in the public school system. After 2 years struggling in the mainstream, he had low self esteem and hated going to school. He was lost in the crowd of his 30 kid / 1 teacher public school classroom. Not to mention completely lost socially on the school yard amongst hundreds of kids. In the classroom he was preoccupied with his various distraction techniques to manage his anxiety or filter out the noise and chaos overwhelming his sensory system. As a result, very little learning was able to take place. And though he had teachers who cared about him, they and I were unsupported by administration in ways to help him. To have to put your sweet and intelligent child into an environment where he is misunderstood and flailing to survive academically, socially, and emotionally on a daily basis, it is one of the worst feelings as a parent. And to now have him at Sand Hill School, in an environment of love and support with people who are lifting him up and helping him to learn, grow, and thrive, it brings tears to my eyes! I cannot express enough how grateful I am to have the privilege of sending my son to this school.

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Our daughter has attended Sand Hill School/CHC for the past year. She entered the school a depressed and stressed child but her self esteem has been transformed. No longer does she immediately respond to each school problem by crumbling; she now says, "I may not get it yet, but I will get it soon." She is now an advocate for her needs and no longer a victim of learned helplessness. We have also received amazing OT services at CHC. Thank you Sand Hill/CHC for giving our daughter a second chance at a happy school experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

When asked her opinion about Sand Hill our daughter says that the school should change their mascot. She suggests a butterfly because "Sand Hill transforms you like you are butterfly inside"

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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