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