Brain Injury in children and how Parents can help them. (215) 233-2050


This is Abby. She’s the one on the left.
That’s Abby’s twin sister Emma on the right. SIx days after her birth, Abby was
admitted to the NICU with meningitis. About four hours later, she stopped breathing. For
several days, it was touch and go, but then Abby rallied, and began to gain ground. Abby
had suffered severe brain damage. Those were the words the doctors used. The doctors didn’t
know how she would be affected, but said that Abby would not be normal. For the rest of the year, Abby made very little
progress. While her twin sister was beginning to walk, she was just learning to roll over.
By the time she was one year old, Abby’s parents knew that she was blind. She could
not sit up, could not crawl, and could not feed herself. They knew they had to do something
to help Abby. After reading What To Do About YOur Brain-Injured
Child, Abby’s parents immediately put her right side up on the floor. A few months later,
after they began patterning, Abby began to crawl on her stomach, and six months from
when she was put on her tummy, she was creeping on her hands and knees. Last December, she
began to walk. Today, Abby is no longer blind. Although her
depth perception is still being developed, she can see well enough to get around, and
read at a second grade level. She can feed herself and says about ten words. She walks
a mile a day, and likes to dance. She can even do a somersault all by herself. Abby has a unique sense of humor, and keeps
her family entertained and surprised, like when she pulled down the Christmas tree last
year! This is Kyle from birth, Kyle’s parents
were concerned that there was a problem with his vision. An MRI was done. The MRI showed
a brain injury. Until Kyle was eight months old, he was functionally blind. The problem
with Kyle’s vision was in the brain. An examination showed that the physical parts
of Kyle’s eyes were intact. For the first year and a half of his life,
Kyle did not move. After a week on the program of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human
Potential, Kyle started to scoot on his stomach. In spite of Kyle’s problems, he was a sweet
and happy child through it all. Kyle’s biggest challenge is his mobility.
But after five months on the program, Kyle started using his arms, and then he started
crawling. Today, after a year on the program, Kyle is crawling, pulling up to a standing
position, and cruising furniture, and trying to climb up on things. After all, Kyle is
a little boy. Although Kyle does not speak, he uses facial
expressions to communicate. His favorite thing to do is to make funny faces, and get people
to imitate him and laugh with him. He is extremely social. This is Ella. Two weeks before Ella was born, a
routine ultrasound discovered that her head was enlarged. The doctors performed an emergency
C-section. The scans showed that she had suffered a significant stroke in the womb. The stroke
affected the right side of her brain, which controls the left side of her body. The biggest
challenge for Ella, as a midbrain-injured child, has been mobility. As she grew, he
left leg grew stiffer, and her left hand and arm grew more rigid. Ella didn’t talk. Her vision was significantly
affected, as her brain had difficulty controlling her eyes. And her smile was affected, because
she only used the right side of her mouth. In the almost three years on the program at
The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, Ella has grown less rigid. She
learned to crawl, and then creep, and now she walks under the overhead ladder. Through
her movement, she has gained better control of her eyes. Ella didn’t talk before, because she didn’t
have enough air. Through special therapies, she increased her lung capacity, and oxygen
intake. Now she talks. Ella has gained useage of her left leg, hand, and arm. She has been
detoxified, taken off of the anti-convulsant medication phenobarbital, which has enabled
her to be more alert, and her development has increased dramatically. Ella loves music and loves to dance. She loves
to read. She understands Spanish and can name almost all 50 states. And now, Ella has a
great smile.

5 Comments

  1. I standing right here by you guys because I have the same thing happen to me and I feel the same way as you

  2. i had a child 6 months 13days.. in the beginning we thought that he'll be fine soon but nothing goes right today we came to know that he had a damage brain i was terribly shock and fear that if my boy become imperfect.. but coming across this video i gain hope that oneday he'll recover and will be fine again.. thanks for the video it gives me hope after all..

  3. I hope our son Kylan will one day overcome his TBI and be fine again. Is is three months now but still hoping for the best. Really encouraging clip.

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