Educational Institutions

Zions Hope Inc dba Restored Hope Remedial Services

  • Independence, MO
  • www.restored-hope.org

Mission Statement

Remedial Services Mission: To use advances and insights from brain research to provide appropriate testing, accurate diagnosis, and effective intervention of learning difficulties; thereby removing the barriers that prevent children and adults from reaching and maintaining their created potential. Academy Mission: To provide support and specialized educational services for children with learning challenges, with the goal of integrating them into a standard classroom setting.

Main Programs

  1. Remediation of Learning Difficulties
  2. Learning Disabilities Testing and Diagnosis
  3. Informational Services
  4. Elementary School

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Service Areas

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Missouri

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer since 1996

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Mr. Kenneth Schmidt

Keywords

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literacy and illiteracy, dyslexia, learning disabilities, reading, at-risk youth

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EIN

43-0821983

Also Known As

Restored Hope Education Center

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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For 2013, our goal was to prepare 4 students to enroll in a mainstream class in either a public or private school. All 4 have met this goal! Ken Schmidt finished his classwork towards earning a Master's Degree in Assessment with an emphasis in Autism from Missouri Western State University. Next he will be working on his capstone project. We opened a satellite office in Overland Park, Kansas, as well as retaining our home base in Independence, Missouri, hoping to increase the number of clients helped and strengthen our financial base. Goals for 2014 include making contact with area professionals who we feel can collaborate with us in helping children succeed in the classroom. We will continue to offer services from both our Independence, Missouri and Overland Park offices. We are always on the lookout for good, solid programs that will correct the learning barriers which keep children and adults from doing what they desire to do.

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Program 1

Remediation of Learning Difficulties

Because Restored Hope clinicians have been certified in numerous brain-based therapies, a treatment plan can be individualized to address each client's needs. We use programs including Fast ForWord, Processing and Cognitive Enhancement (PACE) and Master the Code, Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LIPS), Talkies, Seeing Stars, Visualizing and Verbalizing, On Cloud Nine, Interactive Metronome, Play Attention, Irlen Syndrome interventions, and Brain Fitness. These programs are used to eliminate symptoms associated with dyslexia; reading, comprehension, and spelling deficiencies; memory; language and auditory processing dysfunctions; ADD/ADHD; visual perceptual difficulties; balance, coordination and rhythm; and more. Some clients need one program—others need several programs. Most programs can be completed in 1-4 months. When applied correctly, they often eliminate the underlying causes of learning difficulties.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

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Program 2

Learning Disabilities Testing and Diagnosis

Restored Hope begins with an extensive testing regimen to discover the root causes of each individual's learning disabilities. We spend 7-8 hours testing each client using primarily nationally-recognized, normed diagnostic tests which have been designed to see how the brain receives, processes, stores, and retrieves information. Based on test results and a careful consideration of symptoms, causes are identified. The test results, diagnosis, and treatment plan are carefully explained to parents—a process which usually takes approximately 3 hours.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

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Program 3

Informational Services

Restored Hope wants the public to be informed about advances in treating learning difficulties. We offer half-day seminars for a nominal fee to cover lunch and informational material. The seminars explain how the brain receives, processes, stores, and retrieves information, what kind of underlying dysfunctions cause learning disabilities, how to test for these dysfunctions, and what can be done to correct the underlying causes of learning disabilities. We present informational classes through the local public library system, and offer free public speaking to interested groups. All testing is followed by a lengthy conference to ensure that parents understand what their child is struggling with, and what can be done to overcome those difficulties. We provide consultations free of charge, both to parents and to representatives of schools and organizations. We publish a quarterly informational newsletter.

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Adults

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Program 4

Elementary School

Restored Hope Academy provides a "lifeline for learning". With small class sizes (teacher-student ratio of 1 to 8) and reasonable tuition fees, it is a viable alternative for parents seeking help for their child with learning disabilities. The Academy is a special place where skilled teachers and trained clinicians work hand-in-hand to address learning needs. Enrollment is limited to children with diagnosed learning disabilities in grades 1 through 6. Because enrollment is limited, students with learning needs need not feel "different" from their peers. Classroom instruction is highly individualized using specialized curriculum when appropriate. Every student works regularly with clinicians from Remedial Services to ensure that learning difficulties are corrected rather than just compensated for. Our ultimate goal is to successfully integrate students back into a standard classroom setting.

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Population(s) Served

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Service Areas

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Missouri

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Right now, Restored Hope is looking for another nonprofit organization to share our building space. We have 3000 square feet available. It is handicap accessible and has been recently renovated-including the installation of sound-deadening walls. This would free up income to use for acquiring and updating testing and intervention materials, building repairs and maintenance, and equipment and software upgrades. Another pressing need is to establish scholarship funding for needy families to help with fees. Many families are not able to access our testing and therapy programs due to a lack of funds. We hope to find sources to donate to our scholarship program.

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Zions Hope Inc dba Restored Hope Remedial Services

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Kenneth Schmidt

BIO

Ken Schmidt is a graduate of Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. He was a classroom teacher for more than 20 years, and a school administrator for 10 years. He began to pursue training in special needs testing and intervention as he observed difficulties in his students that did not respond to standard classroom interventions and teaching strategies. Ken has worked with close-point vision screening and vision therapy for 30 years and with Lindamood/Bell interventions for 25 years. He became a screener for Scotopic Sensitivity/Irlen Syndrome 20 years ago, and is currently a Senior Screener and the coordinator for Irlen screeners in the state of Missouri. He began working with Fast ForWord for auditory and language processing disorders in 1997, and with the PACE program (Processing and Cognitive Enhancement) in 2002. He is certified in two programs designed to provide non-medical intervention for children with attention deficits, Interactive Metronome and Play Attention. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree of Masters of Applied Science in Assessment with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Missouri Western University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"An estimated 93 million adults in the US (1.5 million in Missouri) function at or below the most basic levels of literacy. 20% of all graduating seniors are functionally illiterate. 43% of 4th grade students read ""below basic."" These figures reflect only difficulties with reading; they do not represent other common learning disabilities such as problems with math and handwriting, communication disorders, attention deficits, and memory problems. And, the statistics do not reflect the agonizing effects of learning disabilities on individuals, or the cost to society in lost production, unrealized potential, and crime. Obviously, something different needs to be done for those individuals represented in the above listed statistics. Restored Hope Education Center has developed a new strategy for this problem—it offers two choices for parents who want to help their child achieve success in school. Our Remedial Services seeks to eliminate learning disabilities. We begin with an extensive testing regimen to discover the root causes of each individual's learning disabilities. The tests are designed to see how the brain receives, processes, stores, and retrieves information. Based on test results and a careful consideration of symptoms, the causes are identified. Specific programs can be chosen to address each individual's difficulties. The result is permanent correction of learning disabilities. Our Academy is a special place where skilled teachers and trained clinicians work hand-in-hand to address learning needs. Because enrollment is limited to children with learning disabilities, students with learning needs won't feel ""different"". Classroom instruction is highly individualized using specialized curriculum when appropriate. Every student works regularly with clinicians from Remedial Services to ensure that learning difficulties are corrected rather than just compensated for. Academy teachers are trained to help students use skills learned in the Remedial Services to help them with learning tasks in a classroom setting. Our ultimate goal is to integrate students back into a standard classroom, where they can achieve the success that may have eluded them in the past."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Rhonda Schmidt

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Term: Dec 2008 - Dec 2014

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