The week at PACE Place is exciting, exhausting, inspiring, exhausting, fun,
exhausting, terrifying, exhausting, and did we mention exhausting. Most
families tell us how surprised they were by how drained they felt by the intensity
of the week. You are expected to think about your child and your entire family in
a fresh way that is very intense. You will be with one of the PACE Place
professionals for approximately five hours per day. The schedule typically ends
by 2:30 pm, giving your family time to relax, reflect, and renew your energy.
Upon seeing their schedule, many families have expressed their surprise that
they were “finished” at 2:30 pm. At the end of each day, most families have
expressed their gratitude that they were finished at 2:30 pm and free to process
five hours of experiences and discussions.
To fully benefit from the PACE Place experience, families must be prepared to
challenge every limitation they believe about their child and their family.
Together we can explore new ways for your family members to learn about
themselves and each other.
Both parents must come for the entire week. Parental unity is important to your
child’s progress and to your ability to support each other. If you are a single
parent, you may bring another adult with you who will be an emotional support
to you and your child.
Parents are asked to not bring nannies, grandparents, or home therapists. The
PACE Place program is family-centered and parent-driven. The goal of the
Immersion Model is to empower parents to be the primary force in their child’s
development. Then, parents will be able to share their expertise of their own
child with their support systems when they get home. If you have concerns
about this policy, you may discuss possible exceptions with Dr. Calouri prior to
The way we live has changed! We developed the feeling that we could trust our
own judgment again. Daryl, CA (Parent)