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  • Learning Problems and Developmental Delay: German [UPDATE]

    Fri, Sep 6, 2019 | Reading Time: 10 Minute Read
    German today with Dad taking a summer internship in at a prestigious financial consulting firm in New York City. His Early Years German at The Institutes as a little boy After losing her first baby, mother learned that she had a severe thyroid problem, and a blood incompatibility. Eighteen months later, a second baby was conceived. Ultrasounds were planned monthly to monitor the baby’s progress. Although doing her best to maintain her health, Mother contracted a viral infection in the first trimester.

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  • A Tribute to Glenn J. Doman

    Fri, Aug 24, 2018 | Reading Time: 18 Minute Read
    GLENN J. DOMAN Glenn had enormous energy and contagious enthusiasm. He understood how ugly and violent and insane the world could be but his optimism never wavered. He was determined to create a better world for parents and their children. Glenn was a pioneer in everything he did – a leader in his field, an innovator, and an iconoclast. He was prepared to fight for what he believed was right for brain-injured children and well children.

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  • Victories: Immobility to Creeping

    Thu, Aug 9, 2018 | Reading Time: 5 Minute Read
    Results: The only thing that matters in the world of hurt kids At birth a newborn baby is immobile: the baby can move his arms and legs freely but cannot move forward. This is the first stage and at this point the baby is essentially immobile. A baby needs a user-friendly floor environment that makes it easy and safe to creep As the baby has more opportunity on his belly on the floor the baby moves his arms and legs more.

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  • DX Hypogenesis of the Corpus Callosum

    Thu, Jul 26, 2018 | Reading Time: 7 Minute Read
    The Incredible Story of Wei Xuan Wei Xuan at 7 months of age: He still needs nasogastric tube feeding, his muscle tone is poor, and he cannot roll over. As the baby has more opportunity on his belly on the floor the baby moves his arms and legs more. The more he does so, the better he gets. He is makes many experiments to discover what he needs to do in order to move forward.

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  • Immobile to Crawling

    Wed, Jun 27, 2018 | Reading Time: 4 Minute Read
    Results: The only thing that matters in the world of hurt kids At birth a newborn baby is immobile: the baby can move his arms and legs freely but cannot move forward. This is the first stage and at this point the baby is essentially immobile. A newborn baby needs a user-friendly floor environment that makes it easy to move. As the baby has more opportunity on his belly on the floor the baby moves his arms and legs more.

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  • Dx Trisomy 21: How can you turn a grim diagnosis into a great life? Ask Julia

    Wed, Jun 13, 2018 | Reading Time: 6 Minute Read
    Julia: Determined with a strong will to accomplish her goals. Is Down Syndrome an incurable disease? Week after week, our parents who have children diagnosed with Trisomy 21 come to The Institutes and tell us their story. Many of them have been advised by health care professionals to terminate their pregnancy before the 12th week. This is because it is generally believe that since Trisomy 21 is a genetic problem, it automatically means that these children cannot be helped.

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  • Cerebral Ataxia: Jay’s Story

    Thu, May 31, 2018 | Reading Time: 6 Minute Read
    Jay, a handsome little boy with large problems but so much potential My name is Jay. I read the story about Zac and his fight with Cerebellar Ataxia in The Institutes newsletter. I have the same neurological disorder as Zac. I just wanted to say that I went through the same program as Zac from 1964-1967. The story about Zac is a heart-warming story that hit “home” with me. I hope and pray that The Institutes keep helping these children who have Cerebellar Ataxia.

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  • Our Family's Journey

    Fri, May 4, 2018 | Reading Time: 7 Minute Read
    A Moment of Insight and Realization Changed Our Lives Clara learned to read very early and it has changed her life. When my wife was pregnant with our third child, our obstetrician recommended a study that she considered “routine,” called nuchal translucency. Basically this is an ultrasound that measures the amount of liquid in the back of the neck of the growing baby. An average fetus should be within a certain “normal” range.

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  • Diagnosis: Autism, Prognosis: Poor, End Result: Excellent

    Wed, Apr 25, 2018 | Reading Time: 8 Minute Read
    Yuya gets a fighting chance and he takes it - update on his adventures and accomplishments Two years ago we checked in on Yuya as he entered High School. Now he is graduating from High School and choosing his career for the future. When Yuya was a baby he was very quiet and developed at a slow rate. As a toddler, he could walk but he could not talk. When he finally did begin to speak, he only imitated what others said to him.

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  • I Loved Every Minute of Teaching My Girls

    Thu, Apr 5, 2018 | Reading Time: 7 Minute Read
    One professional mother tells the story of teaching and learning with her four girls. Chenee, Janelle, Ariel and Tamara I just want to start by saying that some of the best memories I have with my children were when we were doing The Institutes Program together. I have four daughters, Janelle and Tamara (who are twins), Chenee, and Ariel. I started the program with the twins when they were one and a half years old.

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  • Dx Trisomy 21: Ana Sofia Story As Told By Mother

    Fri, Mar 23, 2018 | Reading Time: 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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  • Baking for Love: A Brainy Idea

    Thu, Mar 15, 2018 | Reading Time: 4 Minute Read
    The Cake Boss and Chef Leah complete a delicate operation but will the operation be successful? We’ve seen plenty of festive cakes, especially coming from the popular television show Cake Boss, but this may be the only cake ever topped with a bright pink brain. So why, you may ask, is there a brain on top of a cake? Chef Leah with a basket full of her famous cupcakes so beautiful that, as delicious as they are, some think they are just too pretty to eat!

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  • Dx Autism Spectrum: Mateo and His Family Choose a Pathway to Wellness

    Thu, Feb 8, 2018 | Reading Time: 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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