Did I mention that my son’s teacher also went to that seminar and she was quite pleased with what she heard and learned? For me it was a very good refresher, after a long time, of what we’ve learned on the “What to do about your brain injured child course” in Philadelphia (back in 2004), but also an evoker of good feelings and motivation that IAHP courses always bring.
I remember that, before going to Philadelphia in 2004, all we heard from doctors was that brain is damaged and we can’t do much about it. It was left to be seen what would be the impact on the development of our son and we should always hope for the best, but be ready for disappointments that would come. Well, that approach can’t really uplift anyone, so I remember that we always did put our brave faces when talking to people and really hated them questioning or suggesting things, because there isn’t really much you can do about that “illness”. Or could you?
During the IAHP course (in 2004) we learned that there is a whole lot that we could do, and should do and that the brain is the most repairable organ in the body; that it has a gazillion of spare cells that could be retrained to take up the functionality of the cells that have died, so there is really no place for despair, but for organized and targeted effort that would restore the normal functionality of the brain. When we heard that there are people that function with a half of the brain (i.e. the other half was surgically removed) and when we saw kids that were paralyzed 2 years before and now they play violin or do gymnastic exercises on the floor, we were quite uplifted and determined to follow the program…
So, it was good to get into that same enthusiastic feeling again. I think some of that enthusiasm can be now seen in the school as well. As I said, my son’s teacher went to the course and she also read the “What to do about your brain injured child” book and gave it to other parents to read. The other day we had a “review day” at school and I mentioned that I would like my son to be patterned while in school, and we agreed that we will do a one month trial to see how all of that would work in the school environment. I suggested that I’ll organize the volunteers, so here we are, if you wanna help, please contact me. We are planning to do patterning during the lunch break, from 12:45 to 1:45, so if you can spare some time (even once a week) and you live or work in the North Ryde area in Sydney (Australia) I would like to hear from you. The trial would last for a month, but I’m confident that we would continue with the technique, once a positive review is received. There was also a talk of doing pattering for other kids if the trial proves successful. If you can’t join us then make a prayer or two for us