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Dx Trisomy 21: Ana Sofia Story As Told By Mother0
Dx Trisomy 21: Ana Sofia Story As Told By Mother
Published: March 23, 2018 | 8 minute read

One mother takes the road less taken and finds it does make all the difference Mother knew that Ana Sofia had problems When you notice something unusual about your newborn what do you do? Ana Sofia’s mother realized her daughter had slightly flattened facial features and poor muscle tone. “It was as if I had been told that my daughter had just died.” Then her doctor has told her that Ana Sofia had Trisomy 21.

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Dx Autism Spectrum: Mateo and His Family Choose a Pathway to Wellness0
Dx Autism Spectrum: Mateo and His Family Choose a Pathway to Wellness
Published: February 8, 2018 | 8 minute read

Mother tells the story of her son Mateo was born vía C-Section at 37 weeks. The baby developed normally reaching milestones until the age of nine months. But then, Mateo lost all meaningful sounds and made no eye contact. Assuming every kid develops at a different pace, and getting no feedback regarding this from his pediatrician, my husband and I decided to let time do its job. By the age of 18 months, crowds overwhelmed Mateo, he had no words of speech, he did not respond to his name, he made no eye contact and he developed repetitive movements.

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Dx: Agenesis of Corpus Callosum Mosaic Trisomy 8, Cerebral Palsy0
Dx: Agenesis of Corpus Callosum Mosaic Trisomy 8, Cerebral Palsy
Published: December 28, 2017 | 5 minute read

Little Diego’s family chooses to rewrite his story Diego was delivered by C-section. He hardly cried at birth and was cyanotic and had seizures. He was given oxygen for first 12 days of life. Since he could not breastfeed, he had to be tube fed. “When Diego was born, the doctors told us right away that he had a disability. The minute I found that my son wasn’t like a normal kid I couldn’t believe it, I got desperate and really depressed, I wanted to die.

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Cerebral Ataxia: Zac’s Story of Hope and Hard Work0
Cerebral Ataxia: Zac’s Story of Hope and Hard Work
Published: November 17, 2017 | 5 minute read

Zac today – handsome, smart and determined Zac, a little boy with a lot of challenges What do parents expect after attending the “What To Do About Your Brain-Injured” course? A program to help their brain-injured child? Mutual support from other parents? Guidance from staff members of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential? Knowledge and deep understanding of how the brain works? Yes, all the above. However, many parents report the most important thing they take home from the course is hope or a strong renewal of the hope they were in danger of losing.

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Respiratory Distress and Failure to Thrive0
Respiratory Distress and Failure to Thrive
Published: November 1, 2017 | 5 minute read

Fumio almost didn’t make it. Fumio and Glenn had a natural affinity from the start. At birth, Fumio lacked the basic reflexes a newborn baby should have and was not expected to live. Too weak to suck and swallow, he was hospitalized and tube fed for the first three months of life. As his parents watched their little boy struggle to breathe and do what other kids did effortlessly, they began to search for help that would lead them to The Institutes.

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