Results

  • difficulty being teased
  • cried during board games
  • multi-step instructions created confusion
  • finicky about textures—including clothes and foods
  • physically uncoordinated—awkward runner
  • did not speak in paragraphs
  • could not tell an organized short story
  • did not sustain eye contact
  • struggled to under consequence of behavior and how to modify that behavior

In six months, gained 15.8 months of neurological growth

  • enjoys board games appropriately
  • trying new foods without a fuss
  • improved one grade level in reading
  • coordinated in running
  • can report and explain events in detail
  • can now distinguish and understand emotions
  • biggest gain is improvement in relating with others

Moved from 71% of normal function to 83.2%

  • side-to-side eye tracking flutters
  • inverted words (sim instead of miss)
  • distracted by noisy places—must have absolute silence to do school work
  • barely sounding out simple words
  • reacted inappropriately to sounds—sometimes over-responds sometimes under
  • EASILY distracted
  • could not differentiate yesterday, today, tomorrow
  • could not complete multi-step instructions
  • very sensitive to clothing textures and refuses jeans, shorts and certain socks
  • refuses foods with mixed textures or with any “bumps” in it
  • uncoordinated run
  • hates writing—very large handwriting—only simple words
  • transitioning between activities was a real struggle sometimes leading to meltdowns

In 18 months, gained 24 months of neurological growth

  • smooth, perfect eye tracking
  • reading on grade level and no longer inverting words
  • stays on task and can do school work with moderate background noise
  • completes four-step challenging instructions with ease
  • wears all types of clothes without any struggle—including jeans
  • eats food of all types of textures, including mixed textures
  • smooth, fast running
  • articulate in answering questions and reporting events in detail
  • handwriting age appropriate and easy to read
  • transitions easily AND self-regulates those transitions (such as getting prepared for school on time without help)

Grew from 75% of normal function to 92.7%

 

Conner, age 8    

  • side-to-side eye tracking flutters
  • wore glasses to get both eyes to work together
  • Comprehended about 60% of reading material
  • did not respond to multiple times when called—usually just goes to get him
  • Got feelings hurt when teased and didn’t “get” funny jokes
  • self stimulates a lot at the end of the day
  • difficulty with friendships
  • over-dresses—long pants and hooded sweatshirts during the summer
  • very physically awkward—walks on his toes
  • speech fluency poor
  • poor eye contact
  • did not understand the link between behavior and consequences
  • needs help to focus
  • everything is black/white—rules can NOT bend
  • happy playing alone

In 18 months, grew 21 months neurologically

  • eye tracking smooth
  • no more glasses for eyes to work together
  • reading complicated materials with 100% comprehension
  • answers on first call
  • recognizes sarcasm and makes up jokes (that are mostly funny)
  • self stimulating dramatically reduced
  • much better with dressing appropriate to temperature
  • beautiful coordination—walks appropriately
  • greatly improved eye contact
  • understands the link between behavior and consequences and motives behind his actions
  • lots of friends—very popular at Cub Scouts

Grew from 76.8% of normal function to 83%

  • eye side-to-side tracking had flutters
  • right eye over converged (turns in to her nose)
  • misinterpreted loud volume for anger and fighting
  • must be called many times before responding
  • very silly when she doesn’t understand situations
  • 100% inaccurate when attempting 4-step instructions
  • very upset when nails trimmed, teeth brushed
  • throws up when she even thinks about certain food textures
  • walked on toes, awkward running
  • cannot accurately report events or tell a short story (less than 50% correct)
  • negotiated consequences of behaviors, then “forgets” to comply
  • difficulty making choices
  • Tourette’s diagnosis

Grew from 82% of normal function to 94% in 12 months

  • beautiful eye tracking and convergence (both eyes working together)
  • beginning to handle teasing—she knows what it is, but still doesn’t like it
  • 100% accurate to 3-step instructions, 80% accurate to 4-step instructions
  • nail trimming, teeth brushing fine—hair brushing still uncomfortable, but not crying
  • eats almost all foods
  • physical coordination improving—only walks on toes a small portion of time now
  • Accurately reports her day and other events—very verbose
  • anxiety still a burden but no longer paralyzing
  • tics have disappeared
  • age appropriate friendships
  • microcephaly
  • adopted via foster home—given very little hope of “normal” life by case worker
  • side-to-side eye tracking flutters
  • right eye moves in and out instead of being coordinated with the left eye
  • could not locate sound or understand voice inflection (tone)
  • relied heavily on gestures to understand requests—could not complete verbal instructions
  • delayed response to pain/hot/cold
  • no differentiation to pleasant/unpleasant textures
  • poor motor coordination
  • only a few vowel and consonant sounds
  • no baby proofing necessary in house because he was not curiously exploring/experimenting

Grew from 67% of normal function to 87% of normal function in 7 years

  • eyes working well together
  • very few flutters in side-to-side tracking
  • reading independently on grade level
  • very social and has MANY friends
  • sound location still a struggle
  • completely appropriate response to pain/hot/cold
  • pleasant/unpleasant textures got a perfect response
  • smooth, graceful run
  • competitive level gymnastics
  • still have some speech stuttering