Four years ago Michelle McKeever and her husband Paul felt like prisoners in their own home as they tried to cope with their then three-year-old son who had been diagnosed with autism.
A seventeen-month-old boy is at The Family Hope Center (FHC) this week from the South. His doctors say that he needs throat surgery. The child cannot open his tight mouth and is on a feeding tube.
At our first visit in November 2014, it was verified that Aaron was neurologically 45.4 months (3 years 9 months), resulting in functionality of 54% with a severe brain injury. We received a robust therapy program that we were charged with leading him through at home.
Each activity is designed to trigger various areas of the brain and form new connections to promote healing. There was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reporting about new research that proves the brain’s amazing ability to heal through physical and mental exercise.
Many homeschool families have a child (or children) with special needs that can range from minor to severe (seizures, cerebral palsy, blindness, severe autism, paralysis). Most families hope that there is more that can be done for their child.
It was the day that time stood still. When our precious little girl was born, one of the happiest days of our lives rapidly descended into feelings of deep grief, despair, and trepidation for the future.
When our daughter was 20 days old, hospital doctors diagnosed her with monosomy 18q [Chromosome 18 Ring], a very rare chromosomal disorder.
No one can ever imagine the experience of having a child with epilepsy. Our daughter was a beautiful newborn when she had her first seizure. It was the scariest thing my husband and I had ever seen.
At three months, her parents abandoned her at a local hospital. At five months an orphanage took her for more than two years. Her institutional life was characterized by neglect, malnutrition, lack of nurturing, and deprivation of everything that a human being needs for well-being.