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News

Ask Dr. Elliott: Do you have any tips for ADHD kids for summer?

Dr. Glen R. Elliott of The Center’s Glen Elliott ADHD Program shares his tips for fantastic summer activities for kids facing learning and attention challenges. Read more ›

CHC Breakfast: The Mask You Live In with Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Join Children’s Health Council and The Representation Project’s founder and film director Jennifer Siebel Newsom for a discussion and viewing of the documentary: The Mask You Live In. CHC and The Mask You Live In ask: As a community, how are we failing our boys and what can we do to help them? Take part in the conversation.

Early Support Program for Autism Connects Families to Autism Resources

A free program offered by Stanford Children’s Health and the Children’s Health Council connects families of recently diagnosed autism patients with Bay Area treatment resources. Read more ›

Our Supporters are the Best!

Thank you for your unwavering support! If you love the work that CHC does, help us reach more kids and families by giving us a review on Great Nonprofits. Your reviews help potential partners and donors find us have confidence in our expertise, and can help us win a prestigious Top-Rated Award for 2014. Vote now with your review.

Bloomingdale’s Grand Opening at Stanford Benefits Charities

Over the years, Bloomingdale’s has been a staunch supporter of CHC by donating funds to our school art programs. October 10th Bloomingdale’s is opening a new store in Stanford Shopping Center and as part of the celebration they are donating back to community charities including CHC. Read more ›

Autism Specialist Dr. Nicole Hess Joins The Center Staff

The Center at CHC is pleased to welcome child psychologist Dr. Nicole Hess to The Center staff. Dr. Hess specializes in assessing and diagnosing autism and spent several years working with early intervention and therapy for children aged 0-3. She believes in working with children’s strengths to support their areas of need, and she helps parents understand autism so they can be strong advocates for their children. Dr. Hess is married, has a young daughter, and enjoys running, reading, and music. She tells us she is a long-time fan of Pearl Jam. Welcome Dr. Nicole Hess!

A Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends of CHC:

It’s been a very exciting summer at CHC. We’ve completed a major construction project that includes a spectacular outdoor playground, new state of the art classrooms, outdoor learning environments, updated lobby, signage and new paint. We are also continuing our commitment to providing more access to more kids and families who need our services. Read more ›

The Early Support Program for Autism (ESPA)

The Early Support Program for Autism is The Center’s joint program with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford providing free support, training and resources to families who’ve just received a diagnosis of Autism. Read more ›

CHC Moorpark is Open!

We are proud to announce that The Community Clinic has opened an office in San Jose in order to provide high quality, behavioral health services to even more families. CHC @ Moorpark is close to four major bus lines and next to many of our referring partners. To top it off, with an increased contract this year, we’ll serve even more children and families – in both English and Spanish. Cost, language and location are no longer barriers for our families in Santa Clara. We’re hiring top bilingual talent, too.

The New Playground Is In!

CHC’s brand new playground is fully installed and being put to the test by our EBC students. The engaging outdoor environment is situated on a bed of wood chips and allows students to climb, swing, spin, hang, jump and clamber. The vertical climbing tower is the first of its kind in northern California and is really quite impressive. The play area is complete with a huge sand box, basketball hoops, a ball wall and 19,000 square feet of artificial turf.

Teacher Education Season is Here!

Because we want to give back to the community and share the wealth of knowledge we’ve gathered over 60 years, this year CHC is hosting a series of sessions to help teachers learn the signs of ADHD, LD, Anxiety & Depression and Autism. Sessions will provide practical classroom techniques and strategies that really work to help kids be more successful. Read more ›

Parent Education Classes at CHC are Underway

The first class began October 1 and classes take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm and are led by our expert CHC staff. As always, classes are free. Based on feedback from last year’s participants, we are including a new series this year called Positive Parenting. Read more ›

Continuing Education at CHC

Continuing Education classes for behavioral health professionals are offered on a regular basis at CHC.

On October 20, Dr. Steven Frankel will join us to teach another class, Vicarious Trauma: Risks, Prophylaxes and Remedies. MFTs, LCSWs and psychologists are invited and can earn CE credits and network with colleagues during this six-hour class. Learn more about the agenda and register now. Read more ›

Children’s Health Council Awarded $270,000 to Help Families Facing ADHD and Learning Challenges from The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

(January 8, 2013) – Palo Alto families with children facing ADHD, autism, learning disabilities or anxiety and depression will have a new source of support and information, thanks to a grant awarded to the Children’s Health Council (CHC).  The Center at CHC was awarded $270,000 from The David & Lucile Packard Foundation to build new programs supporting families impacted by learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, or anxiety and depression. The Center will lead the effort by using the grant to conduct a community needs assessment and develop new services and programs for children such as afterschool programs. Read more ›

Children’s Health Council to Focus on Challenges to Learning Success

PALO ALTO, CA (June 5, 2012) Children’s Health Council (CHC) announces a new vision for the agency, with a focus on learning success for children.

CHC has provided a broad range of mental health, developmental and educational services to the community for 59 years. “When Dr. Esther B. Clark founded CHC, she created an agency that would be responsive to the needs of our local children,” states Rosalie Whitlock, Ph.D., Executive Director of CHC. “Today we are continuing the vision of our founder by responding to a profound and nearly universal community need to support children’s educational success.” Read more ›

Dr. Glen Elliott Featured on The Huckabee Report Radio Broadcast in Discussion on Children and Mental Health

CHC’s Dr. Glen Elliott is a panelist on Mike Huckabee’s The Huckabee Report radio show broadcast on the Cumulus Network.  Among the topics addressed are the numbers of youth under 18 taking antidepressants, the conditions for which youth are prescribed antidepressants, and the effects medication may have on children and teens. Read more ›

New Autism Diagnostic Criteria May Encourage Symptomatic Approach to Drug Use

The fifth edition of the DSM–the “Holy Grail” of diagnosing psychiatric disorders–proposes the umbrella term of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), replacing the current “autistic disorder.” ASD will incorporate current diagnoses of Asperger syndrome, pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder, thereby eliminating these diagnostic distinctions.

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The Mirror in Your Brain

The mirror neuron system in your brain influences your emotions when you watch another human being. Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) might not have this system working properly.

Impaired social functioning is one of the main symptoms of ASD. Those with the greatest social impairment have been shown to also have the lowest brain activity in the mirror neuron system.

In a study published in the March 2012 edition of the journal Biological Psychiatry, 34 participants with ASD and 36 participants without ASD watched hand gestures while the team of researchers monitored their brain activity. The brain activity was studied using transcranial magnetic stimulation, a complex non-invasive method of monitoring brain activity. Read more ›

CHC’s Andrew Cope on The Valley Girl Show

Children’s Health Council Director of Advancement Andrew Cope is a guest on the Valley Girl Show and is interviewed by Jesse Draper in a segment that features the non-profit of the month. Read more ›

Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP) Publishes Article by Jill Yochim

The Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP) is the largest parent organization on the Peninsula. PAMP members extend up and down the Peninsula, to San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay. Their mission is to enrich the lives of families with young children, by providing resources, support and community in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and the surrounding areas.

Educational Specialist at Children’s Health Council, Jill Yochim, MA, CALT, contributed “Will She Grow Out of It, or Is It Dyslexia?” to PAMP’s online article repository.

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M Magazine Publishes Article by Dr. Katherine DeVaul

“My Kid Is Fine: How Teen Depression Deceives Us” written by Dr. Katherine DeVaul of Children’s Health Council was published in the October 2011 issue of M magazine. Read more ›

Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park Publishes Article by Beatrice Kirchhoff, MS, CCC-SLP and Bridget Stolee, MA

The Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP) is the largest parent organization on the Peninsula. PAMP members extend up and down the Peninsula, to San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay. Their mission is to enrich the lives of families with young children, by providing resources, support and community in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and the surrounding areas.

Children’s Health Council’s Beatrice Kirchhoff, MS, CCC-SLP and Bridget Stolee, MA contributed “Helping Your Child Forge Friendships” to PAMP’s online article repository. A PDF of full article is available here. You may also read the article in CHC’s online Community Resource Library.

Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park Publishes Article by Maria Deniston, MS, OTR/L and Jill Yochim, MA, CALT

The Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP) is the largest parent organization on the Peninsula. PAMP members extend up and down the Peninsula, to San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay. Their mission is to enrich the lives of families with young children, by providing resources, support and community in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and the surrounding areas.

Children’s Health Council’s Maria Deniston, MS, OTR/L and Jill Yochim, MA, CALT wrote “Taming the Disorganized Child: Tools to Help You With Your Distracted and Disorganized Child” for PAMP’s online article repository. A PDF of full article is available here. You may also read the article in CHC’s online Community Resource Library.

M Magazine Publishes Article by Dr. Jennifer Rhodes

“Too Much, Too Soon: Breaking the Entitlement Cycle” written by Dr. Jennifer Rhodes of Children’s Health Council was published in the October 2011 issue of M magazine. Dr. Rhodes is a licensed psychologist who  specializes in working with young children. 
 

Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park Publishes Article by Beth Pearson, PhD and Carrie Silver, PhD

The Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP) is the largest parent organization on the Peninsula. PAMP members extend up and down the Peninsula, to San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay. Their mission is to enrich the lives of families with young children, by providing resources, support and community in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and the surrounding areas.

Children’s Health Council’s Beth Pearson, PhD and Carrie Silver, PhD contributed “Helping Your Child Deal with Traumatic Events” to PAMP’s online article repository.

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Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park Publishes Article by Megan Allen, PhD

The Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP) is the largest parent organization on the Peninsula. PAMP members extend up and down the Peninsula, to San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay. Their mission is to enrich the lives of families with young children, by providing resources, support and community in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and the surrounding areas.

Children’s Health Council’s Megan Allen, PhD wrote “Teaching Your Child to Manage His Worries” for PAMP’s online article repository.

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Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park Publishes Article by Sonali Bhagat, MS, CCC-SLP, and Mae Carlson, MS, CCC-SLP

The Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP) is the largest parent organization on the Peninsula. PAMP members extend up and down the Peninsula, to San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay. Their mission is to enrich the lives of families with young children, by providing resources, support and community in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and the surrounding areas.

Children’s Health Council’s Sonali Bhagat, MS, CCC-SLP, and Mae Carlson, MS, CCC-SLP wrote “Raising a Bright Reader: Playtime for Reading Comprehension,” for PAMP’s online article repository.

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Sand Hill School Serves Struggling Early Learners

Sand Hill School, a new private school for struggling students in kindergarten through third grade, concluded its first week of operation Friday (Feb. 4)

Located at 650 Clark Way in Palo Alto,  and run by the Children’s Health Council, the early intervention program provides small classrooms and individualized teaching strategies to help students with social and attention difficulties before they can get traditional diagnoses when they begin to read Read more ›

New School Offers Place for Struggling Students to Thrive

PALO ALTO, CA (January 6, 2011)  Children’s Health Council announces the opening of Sand Hill School, a new private school for kindergarten through third grade children who are bright but who are struggling in a conventional classroom.

When children start to show signs that school is not working for them in preschool, kindergarten or first grade, parents typically think, “Maybe he’ll grow out of it.” But Rosalie Whitlock, educational specialist and executive director of Children’s Health Council, advises, “Act now to relax later.” While acting early may be counterintuitive for parents, early support can change a child’s entire self-perspective and his outlook on school, especially as academic challenges grow. Read more ›

Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park Publishes Article by Carrie Silver, PhD

The Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP) is the largest parent organization on the Peninsula. PAMP members extend up and down the Peninsula, to San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay. Their mission is to enrich the lives of families with young children, by providing resources, support and community in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and the surrounding areas.

Children’s Health Council’s Carrie Silver, PhD wrote “Boys Will Be Boys: Boys and Violent Play” for PAMP’s online article repository.

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