Follow Tom_Croke on Twitter
Welcome to FamilyLight sm -- Home Page
Successor to "Bridge to Understanding tm"
Shows best in Internet Explorer. May be distorted in Mozilla Firefox and in Google Chrome

We are in the gradual process of moving the FamilyLight Website in this format to our New Format.  See our New Home Page.

This process will be gradual.  Most new material added will be in the New Format.   However as pages are moved from the old to the new, links will be placed to get you to what you want that has been moved.  Likewise new pages that are an extension of what has traditionally been on this website in this format will be linked to the menus so you will find the new pages by looking where you would expect to look.

Our "About these Websites" page in our New Format can give you more detailed information on what is happening.

FamilyLight sm is a special needs  consulting service for parents struggling with the psychological, behavioral, or maturity issues of a son or daughter. More specific examples might  include a child who is painfully shy or fragile in some way but not a behavior problem. Others have had an isolated behavioral incident that requires a change of school but are not special needs students in any conventional sense.   Not nearly all of our clients are specifically Special Needs children in public school terms but all have some kind of  need that is special.   Complex psychiatric issues may or may not be involved. Some of our clients have substance abuse issues, but certainly not all. A very few have also been involved in criminal activity, although most have not. Our primary role is to help  families develop and implement a plan for resolving these presenting issues.  Frequently, but not always, this involves referral to residential or inpatient services.

New! Virtual Consultant is currently being developed to allow users of this website to use this website as a private consultant.  Click here for specifics! 

See what else is new on this website!

At the core of FamilyLight is a consultant’s consultant with a national and international reputation, a unique background, unique skill and a unique approach, plus a highly skilled support team.

Tom Croke, our consultant, brings several special resources to you.  Most  consultants offer none of the following resources.  We know of none who offer all of them.

Tom possesses a unique set of experiences:

·             An entire career interacting with therapeutic services, not just education.

·              A former therapeutic facility manager

·              A former marketer for therapeutic facilities

·             A parent of a very difficult child (Reactive Attachment Disorder)

·             A former university admission officer (Brown University)

·            Forty years of advocating for parents and their children.

While most who do work similar to ours use the title "Independent Educational Consultant" or "IEC," we prefer "Special Needs Consultant."  We think it is more descriptive of what we actually do.

To continue, please click one or more of the following links if you want to 

·          Learn about FamilyLightsm individual and personal consulting service.

·      Learn about FamilyLightsm online assistance.

·      Learn about Tom and his associates.

·      Continue with a purchase of service from FamilyLightsm.

·      Read the latest messages to existing clients of FamilyLightsm.

·      Contact us.

Past and present Clients (Partial list):
indicates concentration point for multiple clients over time


Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Hong Kong, China
Jerusalem, Israel
Quebec, PQ, Canada
Toronto, ON, Canada
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, British West Indies


Brewton, Alabama
Daphne, Alabama
*Fairhope, Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Point Clear, Alabama

*Anchorage, Alaska
Homer, Alaska
Kodiak, Alaska
Palmer, Alaska
Seldovia, Alaska

Ash Fork, Arizona
*Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Bentonville, Arkansas 
Little Rock, Arkansas

Brentwood, California
Los Angeles, California
Manhattan Beach, California

Boulder, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Franktown, Colorado

Bethel,  Connecticut
Greenwich, Connecticut
Stonington, Connecticut

Cocoa Beach, Florida
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Miami Dade County, Florida

Carmel, Indiana
Columbus, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana

Des Moines, Iowa
Eldora, Iowa

Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky

Morrill, Maine

Annapolis, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland
Easton Maryland
Montgomery County, Maryland
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Amherst, Massachusetts
*Boston, Massachusetts
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Methuen, Massachusetts
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

*Ann Arbor, Michigan
Oakland County, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan

Golden Valley, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wayzata, Minnesota

Las Vegas, Nevada
Reno, Nevada

Bernardsville, New Jersey
Bloomsbury, New Jersey
*Montclair, New Jersey
Morristown, New Jersey
Wayne, New Jersey

Brooklyn, New York
uffalo, New York
*New York, New York
*Nassau County, New York
Rochester, New York
Suffolk County, New York
Warwick, New York
*Westchester County, New York

Asheville, North Carolina

Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Fairlawn, Ohio

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
*Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
Hershey, Pennsylvania
*Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Newtown, Pennsylvania
Peters Township, Pennsylvania
Saegertown, Pennsylvania
*Sewickley, Pennsylvania
State College, Pennsylvania
Peters Township, Pennsylvania
*Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania
Venetia, Pennsylvania
Washington, Pennsylvania
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Yardley, Pennsylvania
York, PA

Barrington, Rhode Island
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
*Little Compton, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island

Charlottesville, Virginia
Fairfax County, Virginia
Halifax County, Virginia

Issaquah, Washington
Pasco, Washington
Renton, Washington
Seattle, Washington

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

*Charleston, West Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia
Wheeling, West Virginia


Web Counters
UK Shopping

We do not specifically endorse UK Shopping. They "sponsor" our counter. 

Last revised April 23, 2014

                                      "Solutions, Not Just Referrals"

© 1999-2014  Thomas J. Croke & Associates, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Except lighthouse photo, which is public domain, no part of this website may be copied without permission.

For information  regarding use of content of this website, click here