AGE ~ 4 Diagnosis – Rubinstein Tabi Syndrome
Hudson was born prematurely and suffered chronic reflux for the first 10 months of his life. Between 11 and 16 months we spent many hours at the hospital and with specialists – looking for a diagnosis for Hudson that would explain his microcephaly (small head) and his global developmental delay. We saw Paediatricians, Neurologists, Geneticists, had MRIs and CT scans performed – but no diagnosis was given. We just knew he faced a very dark future. The best advice offered by medical practitioners was to ‘raise Hudson in as stimulating an environment as possible’.
These 16 months left us all completely desperate and adrift as we just did not know what to do next. Three things sustained us – a book by Glenn Doman, the internet and our strong Christian faith. After sharing his story with a work colleague, my husband came home with What To Do About Your Brain Injured Child by Glenn Doman. Hope returned as we read that first book! We enrolled in the parent training course in the USA and purchased every Doman book – which we read, voraciously. These books demonstrated that there were many things that could be done, at home and by our family, to help Hudson reach his full potential.
We then radically changed Hudson’s diet, began patterning him intensively and began masking and reading. We were thrilled with the results: Hudson clapped and waved within a week of patterning, within a few weeks he was turning to observe noises which he had been completely oblivious to before. Hudson was walking within 3 months (by 21 months) and was climbing everything by his second birthday. His understanding grew in leaps and bounds which was amazing to observe.
Hudson, today, is a very happy and busy little 4 year old. His program continues, although it is less intense than in the early years. He walks, runs, and climbs everything. He talks in short sentences and is understood by most people. Hudson loves letters and numbers and is keen to read. Hudson still has sensory issues, which we continue to work through, but we know that the ‘mildness’ of his RTS syndrome is because of IAHP.
I could not recommend IAHP highly enough. Any family will reap huge rewards following these methods.