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  • Dx: Agenesis of Corpus Callosum Mosaic Trisomy 8, Cerebral Palsy

    Thu, Dec 28, 2017 | Reading Time: 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 Work

    Fri, Nov 17, 2017 | Reading Time: 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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  • Halloween 2018: It does not have to be all about ghosts and goblins

    Sat, Nov 11, 2017 | Reading Time: 3 Minute Read
    Our families from around the world are gathered in The Children’s Center to learn about “Composers Around the World” from the Students of The Evan Thomas Institute Halloween has traveled around the world. In the United States it is celebrated by more Americans than almost any other cultural event except the 4th of July. It used to be kids only but now baby boomers have decided they do not want to grow up and Halloween has become a good excuse for a party with costumes and a lot of beloved junk food for adults of all ages.

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  • Better Babies Return To Become Better Parents

    Thu, Nov 2, 2017 | Reading Time: 5 Minute Read
    Autumn has arrived on the beautiful campus of The Institutes to welcome the parents attending the October How To Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence course Since the very first presentation of the “How To Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence” course in 1978, we have been hearing from our parents about their children. Now many of those better babies are all grown up and having their own better babies. Many of our kids who are now adults remember very well the fun they had learning at home with their mothers and fathers using Bits of Intelligence, reading and dot cards.

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  • Respiratory Distress and Failure to Thrive

    Wed, Nov 1, 2017 | Reading Time: 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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  • Autistic or Artistic?

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017 | Reading Time: 6 Minute Read
    Siao displays amazing talent and creativity Siao Siang – the artist at work Siao was born via an emergency C-section. The newborn was found to have the umbilical cord around his neck, and he was born with cyanotic hands and feet. The next day, he was severely jaundiced. First signs of a problem Parents recall “We noticed that Siao Siang had a problem when his speech was diminishing and he was also no longer making as much eye contact when he was 13 months old.

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  • Your Baby Is Smarter Than You Think

    Thu, Aug 24, 2017 | Reading Time: 5 Minute Read
    Smarter Babies and Baby Geniuses Five Tips To Help You Catch Up 1. Provide stimulation and opportunity on purpose not by accident Smarter babies and baby geniuses. A birth a newborn baby is functionally blind, deaf, and insensate. These sensory pathways grow and develop based upon stimulation. The sensory pathways grow when appropriate visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation is given with the proper frequency, intensity, and duration. As an example, the newborn baby usually has a less than perfect light reflex.

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  • Epilepsy: A Life-long Disease or Merely a Symptom?

    Tue, Aug 22, 2017 | Reading Time: 7 Minute Read
    Ray’s Inspirational Journey With Epilepsy When Ray was born, his parents had no reason to believe he had a problem. An ultrasound during pregnancy had shown a low amount of amniotic fluid. After 20 hours of labor, a C-section was performed. At first, doctors noted he was a bit pale and lethargic, but felt he was well enough to be sent home. They had no idea he had epilepsy.

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  • Learning Problems and Developmental Delay: German [UPDATE]

    Thu, Aug 3, 2017 | Reading Time: 8 Minute Read
    The tall young man with the engaging smile stepped forth in the Valentine Auditorium to speak with the parents attending the What To do About Your Brain-Injured Child course. German and his parents had arrived on a hot June day to visit the staff and see the families. Fifteen year-old German lights up when describing his life and his love of math, languages, athletics and spending time with his friends.

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  • Why Dairy Products are Harmful for Your Child

    Wed, Jul 26, 2017 | Reading Time: 5 Minute Read
    Some of our favorite “comfort foods” turn out to be very uncomfortable for the human body. When mothers come to us for nutritional help, the very first thing we do is eliminate all dairy products. This rarely makes us popular, but the reasons for so doing are compelling. The evidence that this is sound advice is clearly seen in the results with our children. We don’t mind being unpopular at the start because we know it won’t last long.

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  • Myths About Reading

    Thu, Jul 20, 2017 | Reading Time: 5 Minute Read
    Myth # 1 Children who learn to read before they go to school will be bored when they go to school This is not a myth. Children who learn to read before they go to school will be bored when they go to school. But so will the kids who did not learn to read before they went to school. All kids are bored when they get to school.

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  • Trisomy 21 Twins

    Wed, Jul 19, 2017 | Reading Time: 5 Minute Read
    Our twin daughters Maria and Anna were born with Trisomy 21. We did not want to accept many “wont’s” that the doctors promised us for the girls’ future. We wanted to improve the life of our daughters for the better. We found out about The Institutes of the Achievement of Human Potential and attended the What to Do About your Brain Injured Child course when the girls were 11 month old, and we returned back to the Institute for an appointment to be prescribed a program.

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  • First Kids in the Forest

    Fri, Jul 14, 2017 | Reading Time: 6 Minute Read
    We live in a time where children no longer live in bare feet from April to September, climb trees, build forts, or play capture the flag until their parents order them in at night. Many children now live in a virtual world. Alan, a Senior Naturalist, armed with his camera and megaphone, welcomes visitors to The Pioneer Institute Does it have to be that way? Can our children get mud on their feet, have the thrill of climbing a tree and the joy of finding a nest with four little bluebirds?

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  • Premature Babies: Are They Destined To Have Problems or Can We Make a Difference with Stimulation and Opportunity? (UPDATED 2017)

    Thu, Jul 6, 2017 | Reading Time: 7 Minute Read
    One father updates us about the challenges that he and his wife faced when their son was born 14 weeks before his due date. The developmental delay that was experienced with their premature baby is now almost non-existent! Now Koa finally comes home! One day at a time. We did this 122 times as this is how many days it took for Koa to finally come home to us from the NICU.

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  • Learning Disabled No More

    Wed, Jul 5, 2017 | Reading Time: 4 Minute Read
    His mother explains, “From the beginning I was mentally making excuses for Adam without even realizing it; Maybe he was a little busier than other three-year-olds, his speech is just a little immature, all kids are destructive from time to time.” One day, while observing Adam in day care his mother realized that there were obvious differences between Adam and the other children. He didn’t draw on paper, answer questions, or seem to be paying attention to the teacher.

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  • The Good Thing About Fathers

    Fri, Jun 30, 2017 | Reading Time: 4 Minute Read
    Douglas and Noah take a dip in the pool Another reason that father is wonderful is that he has not altogether lost his concept of time. Mother lives between the adult world of “there is never enough time” and the kid world of “there is all the time in the world”. When these two worlds meet, chaos ensues. This is the universe in which mother tries to marry “no time” with “all the time in the world”.

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  • Thought for Food

    Thu, Jun 22, 2017 | Reading Time: 6 Minute Read
    There are few things in life dearer to us than the food we eat. Few, if any of us have ever experienced starvation or been forced to live for long periods with little or no food. Instead we have been born into a world where food is plentiful. Vegetables are easy to prepare and very nutritious Our supermarkets provide a variety of food that is simply astonishing to those who come from countries where there are no such markets.

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  • Autism and Epilepsy: Matilde’s Amazing Journey Toward Wellness

    Thu, Jun 22, 2017 | Reading Time: 5 Minute Read
    During her pregnancy, Matilde’s mother found it difficult to eat because she was often nauseated. She needed frequent bed rest. In the seventh month, an ultrasound showed that the baby’s weight was low. Mother noted that during her pregnancy with Matilde’s older sister, the baby had kicked and responded more to sounds. After a painful labor, Matilde was born. During the first month, she was too quiet and rarely cried.

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