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September 20, 2011

Hope Lives

Now that the new school year is in full swing, let me tell you a bit about the busy summer at ASES.

This summer has been incredibly rewarding and most interesting. I’ve helped more children with AIT. I’ve made new friends in the process. My own son continues to “grow his brain” as a result of AIT. I have settled in and life feels victorious.

This summer has taught me more about HOPE. Hope is certainly alive. I will explain about one of the cases of Hope.

It was a little girl client whose mother contacted me to do AIT on her before the start of a new school year. This little client was nine years old, but appeared as if she was much younger. She arrived pre-verbal, pleasant, and well-dressed with pearly white teeth.  Her mother was told that she would never be able to walk or talk, and would always be fed through a feeding tube.  However, this little girl arrived with an uneven gait, with a curiosity that required a detour to my front door.  Finally, she stepped inside without making eye contact, and continued to explore the new surrounding.  Her attentive mother and cousin were always near without physically supporting her. The only physical support was an orthotic in her one shoe. The three seemed to walk in unison as this little girl independently explored her new environment.

When it came to AIT session no. 1, this client was loud and looked as if she wanted to keep exploring on her own accord. Yet, at times she seemed to only listen to the modulated music. Having had experience with AIT in the past, her mother said, “let’s keep going” and was happy to maintain her squirming and loud daughter on her lap.

There was no reason to stop. AIT had helped her daughter to walk. It also helped her daughter to learn how to eat food rather than being fed through a feeding tube, which after age seven, was permanently removed. These changes occurred before I met them. Now mom is looking to get more amazing outcomes with AIT again.

The second AIT session, this client showed similar reactions. She would sit on her mother’s lap, listen, squirm, listen, cry, wail, listen calmly, squirm unpredictably during the entire session. Her responses seemed to equate to the randomness of the modulation of the music itself.

By the third AIT session, she began to actively listen, and her whole body was quiet, and her mind seemed calm.  At times, her eyes swiveled toward the headphones to the right and back to the left as if to catch something flashing by.  At last, she appeared focused on her listening.

Mom has reported many changes after this and all other sessions, from being more tired with bouts of agitation, but over all her little girl was calmer. She began saying single words more often than ever before, like momma and dada.  Her biggest change, noted by the entire family, was the “sustained and engaged eye contact” that has persisted to this day.  Mom tells me that her speech therapist has reported many new, clearly spoken words. Recently, she added an entire sentence to her speaking repertoire, “I need help!” Amazing, isn’t it?

Like other families I’ve previously encountered, my hope also for this family is that their precious daughter continues to gain skills that AIT can and has helped to accomplish.  I am certain that, as her brain continues to re-organize over the next few months, their little girl will likewise cement her newly acquired skills, if not develop new ones.  I am deeply honored to be a part of this family’s accomplishments. What a blessing it has been.

Einstein:  “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

May we continue to learn and grow in the vastness of our own attitude.  Changes are attainable — Hope Lives!

 

 

 

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