NOTE entered November 26, 2019: Tom Croke is retiring!! This website will remain in place. Within the next few months, access to all pages will be open without payment. Recommendations of other consultants will appear. Tom will be available to respond to specific questions by phone for a fee, whether the inquiry is from a family not working with a consultant or a client of another consultant.
We are no longer taking clients for a full service consultation.
FamilyLight is a consulting service for families seeking guidance in meeting the needs of a loved one with emotional, behavioral, or therapeutic services. "Virtual Consultant" service puts that service on the web for very modest fees. This is the the reliable information you need to make good choices.
For more information about our in-person consulting service, click here. We remain available for in-person consulting as we have since 1993. Our lead consultant, Tom Croke, has been helping families plan for and with loved ones with special needs and behavioral issues since 1971. No one has more experience with special needs consulting. No one gives traditional clients more intensive service.
Please rest assured that much of our historic information for the general public without fee remains in place. For example our index of every school and program as well as other organizations and entities that operate within the range of interest of FamilyLight and its constituents, is and will remain accessible without charge to the general public. Some new material will be restricted to subscribers. We intend that these websites will continue to be a valuable resource for the general public. This includes all the old program reviews and many other features, including many that are continuously updated. New articles such as program reviews and discussions of "Topics of Interest" and "Issues of Concern" will likely go into the paid section, but when that happens, summaries and introductory material will be available to the general public.
those who want a private consultant. If you choose that, we will provide what we believe to be the most intensive support service of its kind available. We also provide the best services available to ensure that a family member accepts the help that is needed. Whether in person or online, we give you the best available in guidance when seeking private resources for a family member in need.
We have mostly completed our transition from our original website to our New Format. What you see right now is our New Format. Some links in our New Format go to pages in the Old Format but most remaining content on the Old Format is for archival purposes only. This is the Home Page in the New Format. You can tell when you are in the New Format by the clear presentation and the domain "member.familylight.com." The Old Format has some distortion we have not been successful in removing; it shows the domain "familylight.com."
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Anyone can write anything about anyone on the web. Usual legal remedies for defamation, slander, and libel do not work so well regarding postings on the web.
If you see troubling information about a school or program or a professional, call the organization or person being attacked to learn what they have so say. The person you call will appreciate the call. After you have heard all sides make your decision. If you just avoid services under attack without checking it out, you may miss a great opportunity. Decisions are best made by considering multiple opinions. That is true even where our opinions are at issue. You will note that when we know of credible people disagreeing with our opinion we often point that out on this website.
Last updated March 23, 2018