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Childrens Health Council Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Health, Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders, Special Education

Mission:

At Children''s Health Council we believe in a world where every child, teen and young adult can reach their promise and potential. We remove barriers to learning and mental health, helping children and teens become resilient, happy and successful at home, at school and in life. We strive to remove social emotional and learning barriers for kids and families regardless of language, location or ability to pay. We specialize in ADHD, LD, Anxiety & Depression and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Results: Each year we impact approximately 2,000 children and teens. Our free parent and teacher education classes and events another 3,000 participants each year. In our 60-plus year history, we have impacted close to a million 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 over 65 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.

Community Stories

100 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After spending too many years, dollars and tears on trying to make the public school work for my son, we feel so fortunate to have found the wealth of resources available to him as a student at Sand Hill School. The teachers, specialists, administrators and staff are all individually committed to the growth of each child. My son has grown academically, but also in executive functioning, social skills, emotional development and in addressing his specific learning differences. There are no words that can fully detail the depth and magnitude of what CHC and Sand Hill School do. Yet, when I see my son feeling confident, at ease in school, trusting the good intentions of his teachers, willing to try, and most of all happy, I can only say that I wish we had sought the support of CHC & Sand Hill sooner!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are one of the few fortunate families that was given financial aid assistance by the CHC for Sandhill School and for that we are very thankful and grateful. Kyle started going to Sandhill school when he was 6 years old (SY 2016-2017) without knowing all the alphabet, now he is already 10 yrs old and not just knows how to read but loves it. He used to cry every single day when we brought him to his old school but now he is excited every single day, even with distant learning. Kyle’s academic disadvantage was just superficial to more underlying learning disability challenges, such as emotional, psychosocial and behavioral aspects, that could not have been managed without Sandhill and CHC help.
Kyle was very lucky to be given an opportunity to once again attend Sandhill school by being one of CHC scholarship recipients. The scholarship has helped Kyle improve so much academically despite his learning disability. Sandhill has embraced and accepted Kyle for what he is and has made him believe himself.
Kyle started dancing ballet in his 1st year at Sandhill, and had represented his Dance School regionally and Nationally, in all of those events, Kyle has demonstrated the values and teaching that he had received from Sandhill, to have fun, stay focused, and learn from your mistakes. It is our greatest hope that Kyle will rise to the level of his potential and we are convinced that he will do so with the help of CHC and Sandhill.
We are truly grateful for CHC and Sandhill's gift of education to our son Kyle. Your generosity and commitment is exactly the kind of community involvement we need to keep our children motivated. - Sandhill Parent



Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization runs a school - Esther B. Clark School - which has flat out been amazing for my family. There is a child in our family who has struggled since they were tiny - biting, hitting, all kinds of behaviors that escalated during school and got worse and worse. The child was finally not even allowed back at regular public school. In a few short weeks, the incredible team at CHC has literally turned this around for the child. It's truly remarkable and my family will always be grateful - in the process, WE learned so much about what to do differently which was tailored to our child in particular.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

CHC fell way short of expectations. it was very obvious that the psychologist I was assigned for the parent intake was more concerned about her billable time with me than really trying to help. This was evident as she continued to look at her watch, tell me unrelated stories about other patients and spent more time talking to me about billing and costs than listening or talking about the concerns I have about my son. After an hour and 15 minutes with her, I was escorted to the person to help coordinate the schedule for a treatment plan. She, too, began by telling me all of the charges I would be incurring. Before even setting an appointment she asked for my deposit. I walked away with the feeling that CHC may be non profit, but they are very concerned about the "bottom line" and ensuring they charge the maximum. I have canceled the treatment options for my son and will look elsewhere for assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at CHC is knowledgeable, helpful and kind. They have truly helped us by answering many questions and providing very useful resources.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After our son diagnosed with Autism and got overwhelming information regarding treatments, we were so confused and helpless until we got introduced to Early Support Program (ESPA). We were so delighted with the staff professionalism and helpfulness specially Gina Baldi who guide us to right sources. She is the only one who always supports and sends us very useful information.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at CHC for almost three years and have attended some of their free parent education classes. CHC does an incredible job helping children, teens, and parents when they need it most. I continue to be inspired by the great work of CHC!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Its an excellent organization with wonderful staff. I have a 5 year old son who is on the autism spectrum and I was new to the country knowing very less about the services and help available. The CHC staff helped me from beginning for identifying a good set of services for my son, they also conducted free parent trainings and the staff is very approachable. CHC will try their best to address your concerns and I personally got benefited a lot. I would strongly recommend this organization to all the parents of the special need child.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parent of a child who struggled with ADHD, I am impressed by and deeply appreciate the expertise, knowledge and care exhibited by CHC professionals at every level. It is clear that everyone who works at CHC is passionate about helping children, teens and young adults to reach their full potential.
Before I got involved with CHC, I was not aware that their services cover such a broad range of needs—spanning behavioral, mental health, social-emotional and educational challenges. CHC is truly a wonderful resource for bay area families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We feel so fortunate to learn about CHC through ESPA. The program offers 1:1 sessions to discuss techniques to support the child in becoming a confident learner in all aspects of development. We had several sessions with Gina Baldi and have learned a lot. She's knowledgeable, caring and resourceful. We still attend CHC workshops and always find them helpful and informative.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful for the support of Christina and Gina with the ESPA program at the CHC. They have been a tremendous source of information and knowledge for us regarding our 18 month old son who is developmentally delayed and may have autism. We could not be more pleased with how helpful they have been to us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sandhill and the CHC have changed our lives. Finding a supportive school with an amazing staff has made all the difference in our lives. Thank you CHC & Sandhill!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a great institution. We have been going to it for our son. We got extremely useful information. It has helped us deal with the medical problem that we are facing with our son. The trainer is very friendly and accommodating. I can't thank her enough for helping us navigate through the journey of our kid's development.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The thoughtful optimized courses, continued advice via emails/calls and information sessions have been very much appreciated. I had very professional, personable and genuine interaction with their 2 advisors. This guidance helped us make informed decisions and choices. We were lucky to find them, through a recommendation by an unaffiliated unpaid OT provider. I would highly recommend their program to any parent.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been thrilled with our experience at Sand Hill School. Our son, diagnosed with ADHD and learning differences, has always struggled in school. He attended a public middle school last year and came home sullen and dejected each day and had a low self-esteem. Our evenings were spent trying to force him to do the homework and classwork he hadn't completed. It was a constant struggle and strain on our family life. Since he has attended Sand Hill, he is excited to go to school each day and is feeling confident and enthused. He even does his homework without us fighting about it. This change would be enough for us but on top of this he is learning so much more. Not only is he improving his content knowledge but he is developing executive function and social/emotional skills. It has been an amazing change and we are so grateful to the staff and teachers. Everyone is so friendly, helpful and knowledgable. For the first time in his life, my son feels like he belongs and is respected and valued at school. We love Sand Hill and can't recommend it enough!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on the Board of CHC, in part to help pay back this incredible agency for the role they played in helping my son (now a young man) when he was still in elementary school. My son suffers from depression and anxiety and at eight years old was at risk for suicide. When no one else knew what to do, the staff at CHC, and especially at Esther B. Clark school, helped my son develop coping strategies, executive function skills, and just a new lease on life. Our family will be forever grateful for the great work CHC does.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Jiantao H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We the parents of an Autism son, went to Gina's parent education sessions. We learned absolutely useful strategies to help our son. Gina is extremely easy to work with. She is very flexible when coming to scheduling the sessions. We had to change or reschedule the sessions a few times due to our situations. We went to her office for first 3 sessions. I remembered we drove through heavy rain to her office to make the 3rd session. Our last 4th session was through Skype which was very convenient. Especially, we felt very grateful that those valuable education was provided to us free of cost when most needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child has autism. My wife and I did not know how to raise him further. Thanks to CHC and ESPA, we have learned a lot on living with him. Gina and Christina are patient and helpful. We are very grateful for people who financially support them. You are the best! Thank you!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I read everything I could get my hands on concerning autism when I was told my 1 and 1/2year old grandson was diagnosed with autism. In my searches f or information I found Gina Baldi. What a blessing. After talking to her on my first visit I knew I found a professional who could answer my questions and know the resourses to help me to provide my grandson with the best therapy and support. Everyone who has a child with autism should know about this program and Gina. By talking with Gina I have replaced my fears with positive steps forward.

2 Sreeja G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel very fortunate to have known CHC through ESPA. I am thankful for the parent training sessions with Ms. Gina Baldi. I was completely lost and clueless, and she was the first to guide me, and continues to do so. A child's ASD diagnosis has a huge impact on a parent in initial days, and that's when ESPA held my hand. Thank you.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I were referred to CHC, (Gina Baldi, in particular) by our sons behavioral psychologist after he was diagnosed on the spectrum. We went to four parent sessions that she offered (for free!!!!) and they were a blessing. Great information. Great insights.

Truly, we felt more competent in dealing with the challenges that raising a special needs child brings. We also felt like we were not just making one mistake after the other. Furthermore, we received insights into different options we had with services, which aided us in moving our son out of the program he was in, into one that was more in line with our choice of approach (i.e., a more nurturing approach then straight ABA behavior extinction).

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We feel so fortunate to have learned about CHC through ESPA when our son was diagnosed with ASD two years ago. We had a couple of sessions with Ms. Gina Baldi and they helped us a lot. She is so knowledgeable, and at the same time so kind and caring. We revived invaluable information as well as emotional support which was what we needed. We still keep going to CHC workshops and always find them helpful and informative.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gina Baldi was instrumental in helping me find resources for my son at the beginning of his diagnosis. She was so empathetic and understanding during this emotional time. Words can't express my gratitude for all of her guidance and kind ways. If your ever in need of local resources for your child- Gina is your girl-Thank You!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with speech delay and autism at an very early age! We were able to get help by going to the parent training from Gina Baldi. The information, materials provided and support from her at Children's Health Council was excellent. We learned a great deal from going to those individual as well as group classes/workshops. We are very pleased to have had this amazing opportunity which in return helped our son and family. Speaking with other parents at the workshops was very informative and gave us suggestions on what we can do to help out son! We just want to express out gratitude by saying thank you for having this program at CHC.

3 Sheila57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've really appreciated the support we've received through CHC, especially the ESPA talks.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sand Hill School has truly transformed our family. Our 13 year old LD daughter is happily becoming an 'independent expert learner' at Sand Hill School where she is being taught the academic, social/emotional, and assistive technology tools that will help her confidently transition to high school. Their awesome teachers care and are given the latest resources to instruct students in an interactive and supportive environment. Student evaluations are meaningful and measured (you know how your child is performing and then specific goals are set for the next quarter). The administration is VERY responsive and has assisted our daughter at every turn to reach her potential (access to Tech, Science & Literature programs; Transition support to evaluate High Schools). We feel very fortunate to have found Sand Hill School and recommend it highly!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CHC is a unique and powerful organization that empowers and encourages so many kids and teens with learning differences. Each and every educator and professional at CHC holds a deep passion for helping these kids and teens reach their full potential. It's been an amazing story to watch unfold over the years. I look forward to witnessing many more chapters to come.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is wonderful. It really makes a difference in the community.

3 Amy_301

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the first year since kindergarten that my daughter is happy when she comes home from school. She is keeping herself organized, learning at grade level, and looks forward to school!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sand Hill School and CHC are wonderful resources. My child attends Sand Hill School and it has changed not only his life, but ours as well. They believed in him, when no one else did, and this has given him the belief and courage in himself to do things we were told he never would do. Sand Hill School is an exceptional place.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is diagnosed with ASD two years ago, he is 5.5 years now. We were so stress out about financial as well as emotional. He has been in special school since, he received some services from school district. He has been improved his skills.

Then as parents we don't know much about ASD, we are so glad that Espa program offers us Free parents therapy for four sessions. THANK TO CHRISTINA and GINA for listening to our concerns, giving great support, tools and other resources to help our son. She walked me through step by step, guide me with her great advice.

They work very hard to help us , Gina always made time for us even though when she was on vacation, she said if we need any thing , it is OKAY to email her too. Wow, We are so impressed that how much she cares for us and our son. Thank YOU Gina, You are the Best.
We feel much better, less stress because we have tools to work with our son at home beside the professional services at school and our insurance.

Things get easier and we know we can count on ESPA PROGRAM. THANK YOU.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to CHC and Gina for providing great insight, tools, resources and education about kids on the spectrum. Your program is needed and is valuable in helping parents make sense of a complex and very frustrating special education system.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

ESPA was a fantastic resource. Our family can't recommend it enough. As a parent, you are often swamped with trying to learn about what your child needs, how to raise them with respect for who they are and what they need, and how to get the right services to help them. For us, this was daunting, as we knew very little about Autism when our daughter was diagnosed. ESPA was fantastic in getting us face time with someone who could answer our questions and give us some real world help in addressing our daughter's needs. We found the people really went above and beyond, taking great care to listen and give thoughtful suggestions; corresponding with us via email and digging up information that was specific to our needs, etc. This was so much more than just some parent training. It was really personal, practical, and empowering. We are so thankful for that help. It set us on a great course.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ESPA really helps my son, my wife and me a lot, especially when we first learned the diagnosis of autism. My family is very grateful to people who pay Christina and Gina for their outstanding experiences. At the first meeting, Christina took the notes for our meeting, including steps to take. She also helped us to do a pro/con table when we were debating which step to take. Gina is surely a veteran in the field. Her four lessons and later consultation are still our best education. Her parent support group focuses on a different topic at a time. She even invited an insurance expert to share. Many thanks!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CHC and Sand Hill School are a phenomenal resource for the community and meet a significant oft unmet need of providing experienced, skilled teachers and other support staff to help students with special learning needs (not just Dyslexia, but many other types of issues and needs as well).

We have been impressed with the professionalism, experience and knowledge of all the CHC and Sand Hill School staff.

Most importantly, we have noticed the change through the progress and experience of our child, who LOVES Sand Hill School and is blossoming under their care and support.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My toddler is on the autism spectrum. I was fortunate to have met the Espa team. Gina helped me jumpstart working appropriately with my child to help him improve. My child today has made Tremendous progress and I owe it largely to this team! Can't thank you enough! Great program!!!!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

After receiving a diagnosis of ASD for our 4 year old son, we had a million questions. I spent months researching and trying to figure out where to start, who to see, and how to navigate our health insurance, etc. It was extremely stressful and overwhelming.

By far, the ESPA program at the CHC was one of the best of all the resources we came across. It truly was a godsend for our family. I finally had someone I could talk to in depth about all of my questions and concerns. I am very picky about providers. The staff at ESPA was beyond exceptional. I felt I was in the most competent of hands and receiving the most up to date and valuable information.

I really can't thank the ESPA team enough for providing this game changing service to new families who have received an ASD diagnosis. Thanks to the support from the team at ESPA (Gina and Christina), my stress level is way down and I have a road map for supporting my son. Our family is forever grateful.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was early diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder - and we were greatly helped and supported by the Early Support Program for Autism (ESPA) at the CHC. The (free!) parent trainings were wonderful. We've been able to implement the lessons learned at home.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've a great experience with CHC. They have provided us with resources and advice and I'm looking forward to the 1:1 parent training.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to ESPA through the Stanford Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics department when my son was diagnosed with Autism in 2013. It was a blessing to meet Gina and attend her training sessions to understand more about Autism and how we can help our son. I still refer the training materials provided quite often for tips and tricks when we are faced with day today challenges of helping my son. The ESPA coordinator Christina has also been very prompt to offer me references about ABA providers, Speech therapists and other resources in the Easy Bay any time I contacted her over the phone. I wish the team good luck and plan to continue being in touch with the team as our family travels through the world of Autism.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We can to CHC because we were not sure our son, who was diagnosed as high functioning spectrum, was involved in the right therapies. Everyone was fantastic! My husband and I did the free parent counseling and had the opportunity to talk with therapists about my son. We even had him tested by one of the OT's there. She was great and even gave us a referral for an OT closer to our home. All of it made a world of difference and even made us more confident in not only dealing with our son directly, but in getting him the help he needs.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your techniques are so helpful. Both my son and I are improved a lot. Thank you very much for your help, Gina.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our 3 year-old son first got diagnosed with Autism spectrum, our whole family is at loss. Most of our struggle begins with inability in communication and understanding with my son, which created often stressful situations. Once we got introduced into CHC, things changed. Firstly, they provided helpful post-diagnosis checklists for the family to navigate into necessary steps and nearby resources, and secondly, one-on-one parental training sessions. Their advice on insurance company led us to our current financially sustainable situation with our ABA provider, and their trainer is so experienced and patient to parents and our son. The word "magical" has to be used to describe the first encounter of our son with the trainer, who used a way of communication that drew instantaneous attention and interest of our son. Most of tricks we learned during the parental training are still benefiting our family life day-in and day-out.
In addition, CHC took a very proactive stance when approaching family with needs in all our interactions. Moreover, all the consulting and support they provide are free to all the family in need, which is truly remarkable. I personally can not express enough appreciation to this organization and its wonderful people working for CHC.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very much impressed with the way Gina has help me !! She is so patient and understands our concerns and addresse s it promptly. Her techniqiues are so easy and simple to follow.

Thank you Gina & ESPA for all your help !!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After doing research concerning early signs of Autism spectrum issues, I reached out to ESPA (Early Support Program for Autism), which is jointly sponsored by Stanford and CHC and Gina Baldi. I began noticing that my infant daughter actively avoided making eye contact with others starting around 2-3 months old, and had concerns that this might be a very early sign of some sort of autism spectrum disorder. When we saw little improvement over several months, Gina graciously accepted us for a meeting with our daughter. She agreed that it was something to pay attention to, and armed us with numerous early intervention techniques for helping our daughter in the critical first year of brain development. We no longer have any concerns about spectrum issues for our daughter. Although I can't say definitively that the early intervention is the reason, I can say unequivocally that the early intervention tools and resources we received from CHC and ESPA were a huge help for us and our daughter. Where most places refuse to even discuss early signs of spectrum issues, this clinic gave us information and tools during what I think is the most critical time in a child's early development. We are so thankful for the attention and care that we received, and have recommended this group to others with concerns about learning disabilities.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have received great support and very useful information from CHC, they are the best when you really need the advise to deal the situation.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have received much support and useful information from CHC -- they are a terrific resource for our community!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ESPA (Early Support Program for Autism), which is jointly sponsored by Stanford and CHC and Gina Baldi have been amazing resources for parents of special needs kids like us. Its wonderful to have a resource like this to navigate the different therapies, services, providers for our son who's on the Autism spectrum

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to find CHC at the start of a very difficult time for my family. CHC has supported my child through her struggles and taught my family as a whole to support each other.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is wonderful that CHC is right in our backyard! They have been a great partner for our school to work with. We have consulted with their compassionate and highly-professional psychologists and educational specialists on many occasions. They are great listeners and always treat our students and families with respect and great care. They take the time and effort necessary to craft individualized evaluations with practical recommendations for our teachers. CHC is a true asset to our community.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the proud mother of 2 successful products of the Children’s Health Council.

Having moved here in 1978 from the best elementary school system in the country, Massachusetts, I was shocked to discover the poor state the California elementary school system was in which is when, at the ages of 5 & 8 respectively, I brought my 2 daughters to CHC for testing so that I would know what was needed in order to supply that which was lacking in the California system, guide their education and meet their individual emotional needs. They are now 46 & 43 respectively, with 5 children between them.

After attending FIDM, my older daughter chose advertising and became the advertising executive on the Pepsi account for Chiat Day, “The Ad Agency of the Decade” in the 80’s & creator of the famous Apple Super Bowl commercial. My younger daughter earned her Communications Degree with a minor in Gender Linguistics from San Francisco State and in her senior year, was hired by NBC TV News where she worked her way up to Bureau Chief in the 5th largest market in the country; San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland. At 31, she was the youngest Bureau Chief in the country!

CHC was instrumental in guiding the education of both my daughters from elementary school until the day they each graduated high school. CHC stepped in every time the school wanted to veer from the education plan laid out by CHC. Due to the well qualified staff at CHC, the schools had no choice but to provide exactly what CHC apprised them was needed by each of my daughters in order for each to succeed. For my older daughter, the visual and step by step learner, and my younger daughter, the auditory and out of the box thinking learner, classes and teachers who taught the way each of my daughters learned were assigned to them. In my mind, and as is evidenced by their success, this is the most important part of a successful elementary education foundation. Without CHC, battles with the school system would have been insurmountable.

I am so grateful to CHC for their expertise and, more importantly, their willingness to actively advocate for their patients/clients. Without CHC doing so, I know that my daughters would have been thwarted and unable to attain their goals.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

As a member of the Children's Health Council Auxiliary, I have been a supporter of the organization for many years. Led by a dynamic Executive Director Rosalie Whitlock, it has successfully expanded school programs, clinical diagnosis and parental guidance to children and their families throughout the area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has attended Sand Hill School at CHC for a year and a half, and it has made a huge difference in his life. The personalized teaching has helped him grow academically in leaps and bounds! More importantly, it has helped him rebuild his confidence after a difficult school experience. The resources and fantastic people at CHC are amazing for providing help for families and kids.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since we toured Sandhill 4 years ago we knew this was going to be the best option for our daughter who was diagnosed with just about every LD possible in kindergarten. After years of trying to work through the public school system and years of her struggling to fit into their special needs programs, we finally bit the bullet and enrolled her into Sandhill for 5th grade. We have not looked back once and during these past few months we have seen a whole new child who loves learning, loves the school and loves her teachers. Our daughter has gone from an overly anxious child that we felt may never catch up to her grade level to a happy kid that has made more progress in a few months than she ever made in a year. If you're thinking about Sandhill don't wait another day!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

CHC has done a great job of providing support for our whole family. Both of our children have benefitted from seeing therapists about anxiety. As parents, CHC has provided us with the tools to help us support our kids. When our daughter was diagnosed with learning differences, Sand Hill School quickly accommodated us and she is now in a supportive and nurturing learning environment. We are grateful to CHC and Sand Hill School for supporting our family's educational and emotional needs.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Peter52

Board Member

Rating: 5

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
—Submitted by a parent

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.