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