FamilyLightsm: Successor to Bridge to Understanding
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This is where we give information on new developments in the matters this website addresses and the website itself.
FamilyLight is putting renewed emphasis on developing the resources of this website. Toward that end on April 5, 2013, we made a down payment on software for major improvements on this website. This will enable us to provide enhanced services targeting the general public and more specialized services for special needs/ therapeutic consultants. Briefly, we will be offering a membership for a nominal fee, where members will be able to add their own comments and questions, and will be the location for enhanced services to help families effectively plan for their family member getting quality services using the web as their primary source of guidance. The services for consultants will be offered free of charge but only by invitation, for a very quality consultants to help each other and share their knowledge. For detail, follow the links above in this paragraph.
This follows our move on February, 2013, where we began to offer reduced levels of help for do-it-yourself families. A full description of these services is available by clicking on this sentence. We currently invite you to write in with a question for us at no charge, however when the member service is up and running that will be limited to members.
Over the past year or so our online symposium on slow processing speed in the section labeled Topics of Interest has become the topic of greatest interest on the website, as measured by Google Analytics. Our introductory page to the discussion initially lead to two articles: The first is a description of slow processing and suggested accommodations by Merridee Michelsen, Ph. D., of Brandon Hall School. The other is by our own Tom Croke, explaining why this topic is important to understanding young people with behavioral and emotional problems. More have been added and more will be added. The latest addition is from Dr. Justin Carter of Telos Residential Treatment Center addressing how slow processing speed leads to rigidity that can be confused with obsessive compulsive disorder. We hope to receive additional contributions to this discussion from well credentialed experts, students who have lived with the issue, parents, other consultants, and others with an interest in the topic. We hope this discussion will grow.
In the recent past we have completely revised our recommended reading section. This now includes non fiction, fiction, and what we call "semi-fiction." All of our recommendations are for literature from which we believe you can learn something valuable. Currently, our fiction listings are stories about fictional children on the Autism/ PDD/ Asperger's spectrum. Our "semi-fiction" currently consists of two books by the Arbinger Institute, written in they style of novels, but where most of the story involves one character teaching another the principles human relations advocated by the Arbinger Institute.
We have recently added a new review -- probably our most detailed ever -- on Coral Reef Academy. We thought we owed more detail since visiting there is quite difficult.
We are updating our entire section on working with FamilyLight for families who become our clients.
If you are seeking the latest news about schools and programs, get that news where we get it, at Seen'n'Heard.
This website is being developed very slowly but thoroughly. Please be patient. We hope to keep this page more up to date than we have been doing in the past.
Disclaimer: No program review, no matter how positive, is a blanket endorsement. No criticism is a blanket condemnation. When we express our level of confidence in a school or program, that is our subjective opinion with which others might reasonably disagree. When we assert something as fact, we have done our best to be accurate, but we cannot guarantee that all of our information is accurate and up to date. When we address compliance with our guidelines, you need to remember that these are only OUR guidelines -- not guidelines from an official source. We have also set the bar very high, and do not expect any school or program to be in total compliance. It is not appropriate to draw a conclusion of impropriety (or even failure to live up to conventional wisdom) from our lack of confidence in a school or program or from less than perfect conformity to our guidelines. Some will say we expect too much. Readers are responsible for verifying accuracy of information supplied here prior to acting upon it. We are not responsible for inaccuracies.
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Last update May 20, 2013
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