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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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  • 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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  • Viral Encephalitis Then Coma: Little Kirin Loses Almost Everything -UPDATE

    Wed, Jun 7, 2017 | Reading Time: 6 Minute Read
    Against the odds, can she fight her way back? How is she doing today? Kirin lost almost all her function – and her prognosis was poor. Kirin was a well child until the age of fifteen months, when she suddenly became ill and began to have one seizure after another. She was rushed to the hospital, and following a spinal tap and a CT scan she was diagnosed with viral encephalitis.

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  • Prematurity and Developmental Delay

    Thu, May 25, 2017 | Reading Time: 4 Minute Read
    Reo Embraces a Brighter Future Reo’s mother had a difficult pregnancy, and at sixth months the baby was born by emergency C-section. With a birth weight of one kilogram, the baby was cyanotic, jaundiced, and in respiratory distress. Reo in traditional kimono and hakama celebrating the New Year’s holiday. Here he is holding a cat figure that customarily welcomes visitors to the home. Reo’s mother had a difficult pregnancy, and at sixth months the baby was born by emergency C-section.

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  • Learning Problems Success Story: Haylie

    Thu, May 11, 2017 | Reading Time: 6 Minute Read
    A Letter from Haylie A young woman recalls her experience on The Institutes Program and how it changed her life Haylie writes a letter to her family. Dear Family and Friends, I am writing to thank you for all of your help with overcoming my brain injury. For the last couple of years I have made a lot of progress and I don’t think of myself as brain-injured anymore.

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  • Success Story: Autism and Global Developmental Delay

    Thu, Apr 27, 2017 | Reading Time: 4 Minute Read
    Malcolm’s mother recalls how far he’s come in just nine months When Malcolm was young, we started to notice that he was not developing like other children. While he passed his hearing tests, he did not respond to sounds often or when we called his name. He walked late, at 18 months old, and was very unstable and lost his balance frequently and fell. He did not speak, and he did not respond even to very loud sounds.

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  • Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay and Epilepsy: Dennis defies all those Labels

    Wed, Mar 29, 2017 | Reading Time: 4 Minute Read
    Dennis’s parents realized he first had a problem when he was 6 months old. He was not able to hold up his head on his own, and was not gaining weight. At 11 months of age he started having grand mal seizures. Then multiple anticonvulsant medications were prescribed for him. Looking for ways to help him, his parents consulted various doctors and therapists. He was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy, severe developmental delay and epilepsy.

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  • Down Syndrome: Suri and Dad Get The Job Done

    Thu, Mar 16, 2017 | Reading Time: 5 Minute Read
    Proving that Fathers, like Mothers, are the best teachers Suri in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit soon after birth with her sister Lila. No tears, no hiding, no fear - the decision to accept this child and our new path had been made. Suri arrived by water birth at the Mullumbimby Hospital. As the midwife pulled Suri out of the water and handed her to me, the first thing I saw were these beautiful eyes.

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  • Down Syndrome Success Story: Mila 3/7/2017

    Tue, Mar 7, 2017 | Reading Time: 6 Minute Read
    Mila’s Story Mila at 3 months of age; this picture was before open heart surgery. We posted this image on top of her hospital bed to remind us of how perfect she is and full of love despite her medical challenges. Mila is a blessing to our family; she is our first daughter and the first granddaughter in the family. We are lucky to have such a wonderful little girl who is strong, determined and above all, very lovable.

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  • Is Cerebral Palsy Incurable?

    Thu, Feb 16, 2017 | Reading Time: 8 Minute Read
    Ivan says “Anything you can’t do is really only something you can’t do yet” Ivan was born after an induced labor, in which forceps were used to speed his delivery. His umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. He was jaundiced, and doctors found cephalohematomas on both sides of his head. At first, Ivan seemed to be fine, and he was sent home. He was a very quiet baby – he almost never cried and spent most of the day sleeping.

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  • Developmental Delay: Victoria and Mother Write Their Own Success Story

    Wed, Jan 18, 2017 | Reading Time: 7 Minute Read
    Victoria with her mother, father, and baby brother. Mother experienced a challenging pregnancy with early hemorrhaging, followed by numerous ultrasounds performed monthly. The air quality of their home in Mexico City was poor and parents worried about the ill effect on the baby. When it is was learned that the baby had the umbilical cord around her neck, a Caesarean delivery was scheduled. The baby’s birth cry was delayed and she was placed in an incubator at once.

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  • Genetic Abnormality: It is not a Life Sentence

    Wed, Dec 14, 2016 | Reading Time: 4 Minute Read
    Reader’s Digest feature: Alex, a Brain-Injured Kid, proved the experts were wrong Photograph by Noah Farris When Alex was born, he was hypotonic and weak. Parents and doctors noticed he had abnormal facial features. The baby did not respond to people as much as other babies did. He was weak and did not smile. After genetic testing, he was diagnosed with Kleefstra Syndrome. He was one of only 100 children diagnosed with this genetic disorder at that time.

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  • Birth Trauma: The Astonishing Story of Pierre Updated – 11/30/2016

    Thu, Dec 1, 2016 | Reading Time: 6 Minute Read
    Learning Disabilities Can Be Overcome More than a year ago we reported on the wonderful story of Pierre. We recently had an update from his family. His extraordinary story just keeps getting better. One of our mothers in South Africa wrote to us about her son—a young man whom we never met but whose life was greatly influenced by The Institutes. At birth the umbilical cord was wrapped around Pierre’s neck and he was almost delivered by caesarean section.

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  • You are Not Alone

    Thu, Nov 17, 2016 | Reading Time: 4 Minute Read
    Yes, I know it feels like you are sometimes. But you are not. There are actually thousands of mothers and fathers who believe that their child has tremendous potential that is waiting to be used. They give up the bigger house and the second car and the fancier vacation to stay home with their child. They think being a mother or a father is a reward not a punishment even though right now, in this economy, being a full-time mother or a full-time father is really difficult.

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  • Holoprosencephaly and Profound Deafness

    Thu, Oct 27, 2016 | Reading Time: 5 Minute Read
    Brain Injured Kids Still Have a Fighting Chance Solution: Implants or Hearing Aids? No - Stimulation and Opportunity After a challenging pregnancy, Koshiro’s mother was told her baby was in a face position, and he would have a difficult delivery. The doctors used vacuum extraction during the birth process, and the baby was screened early on for the problems that his doctors thought were inevitable. Brain injured kids from a difficult birth or other issues can be helped.

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  • Developmental Delay : John is Leading the Pack Now, Not Struggling in the Back

    Wed, Oct 12, 2016 | Reading Time: 6 Minute Read
    Developmental Delay aka Mentally Retarded Children Can Recover Fully John’s life began in the African Congo. His mother had a difficult pregnancy because she suffered from asthma and bronchitis which was complicated by a bacterial infection and high blood pressure. After a prolonged labor, an emergency c-section was performed. Within a few hours of birth the baby began having tremors and was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with sepsis, and given antibiotics.

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  • Down Syndrome Success Story: Daichi gets off to an Amazing Start

    Wed, Sep 7, 2016 | Reading Time: 5 Minute Read
    Down Syndrome Success Story Daichi gets off to an amazing start even though he has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. While the pregnancy was uneventful, one day prior to Daichi’s due date, doctors found that the fetal heart rate had dropped. They immediately called for an emergency C-section to be performed. The baby was jaundiced and his oxygen level was low, so he was transferred to the NICU where he remained for 3 weeks.

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