The week is meant to be fun for the whole family. The entire family helps
generate each day’s plan of activities and we are able to address a family’s
concerns in almost any environment. For example, if a family struggles with a
bossy, controlling child, those issues and behaviors can present themselves
in the home environment or during an outing. Or, if a child tends to withdraw
from social engagement, this tendency occurs in both the home and in the
community. Thus, each family picks activities that reflect their typical
opportunities at home and in their community. Portland has a lot to offer and
the PACE staff can guide your family’s learning while at a book store, the
Children’s Museum, or grocery shopping. So, from the child’s perspective,
this need not be a week of “therapy.” This is a week of adventures.
Despite the effort to create a fun, adventure-filled week, there is no doubt that
many of the children are challenged to their potential during the week at PACE
Place. Although the backdrop of the week is a series of family-friendly
activities, there can be some frustrating moments because we are addressing
your child’s areas of difficulty.
You are encouraged to bring your other children as it will help us better
understand your entire family system. Like “real life,” all of your children will
participate in the day’s activities as much as possible. Like many families
routinely practice, sometimes a “divide and conquer” strategy is employed to
optimize learning. We do not provide or arrange for child-care for your little
Many siblings are grateful for the week’s experience at PACE Place. As often
is the case, siblings are expected to be very flexible, compensating for a non-
flexible sibling. Often siblings are extraordinarily compassionate and are
eager to help; they are thrilled to have an effective role with their brother or
sister. All too often, siblings are frustrated by the amount of time their parents
spend with their brother or sister and are relieved that some new strategies
may give their parents a better handle on the child with challenges and free up
time for the other children.
My son really enjoyed it. He really walked away feeling successful. No other
professionals made him feel successful except for PACE. It empowered him.
I had never heard our son say, “I can do it myself,” before that experience.
Theresa, CA (Parent)