(January 8, 2012) – 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.
“The Packard Foundation has provided us with a truly special gift of allowing The Center to research and create new and innovative programs that fill gaps in services within the community that will benefit the children and families in our community for years to come,” said Director of The Center Dr. Ramsey Khasho.
The grant will also help launch a new ADHD treatment program. Currently, The Center provides one-day and comprehensive ADHD evaluations and limited treatment options. The grant will allow The Center to research innovative and emerging treatments for ADHD, and provide a more robust treatment service as part of a continuum of care from evaluation to treatment for ADHD. The expanded ADHD program with evaluations and a full array of treatments, will serve as the model to build out similar programs for learning disabilities, anxiety and depression, and autism. The advantage to all of this:
“Parents won’t have to wonder if a particular treatment for ADHD is effective and acceptable,” said Dr. Khasho. “They can come to us with the comfort and knowledge that we have done our due diligence of determining the best treatments for ADHD.”
In July of 2012, CHC launched The Center led by Dr. Khasho with the goal of using interdisciplinary assessments to form a comprehensive understanding of each child and deliver personalized and integrated treatments in the areas of ADHD, anxiety and depression, learning differences and autism. Core to the center’s vision is that learning is more than academic achievement. A learner must also have social-emotional skills and physical development to be truly successful. The Center’s team helps vulnerable youth develop social-emotional learning to facilitate academic achievement so that they are effectively engaged at home, in school, and in their communities. In addition to services for the child, an important treatment component will be education and consultation for parents.
“This opportunity allows us to more fully understand how to best help the children in our community who are experiencing challenges in school,” said CHC Executive Director Dr. Rosalie Whitlock. “The grant provides support for Dr. Khasho to hire outstanding thinkers and to collaborate with Stanford and other organizations surrounding us.”
At Children’s Health Council, we’ve been helping children and families for 60 years. Our Center, two schools and Community Clinic serve families in the Silicon Valley as well as the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
The Center at Children’s Health Council provides expert multi-disciplinary assessment and personalized programs (at CHC or your child’s school) increase every child’s ability to learn and achieve the balance necessary to enhance life experience and improve school performance.