Q: I have a 4 year-old adopted daughter prenatally exposed to accutane, resulting in developmental delays and vision problems...no vertical eye movements. She also has sensory integration issues. However, she is very bright and social. Along with being nonjudgmental (which is our practice in our home), your program seems to concentrate on connecting with the child, which is my daughter’s strong point. She loves to be with people. Although she does not maintain eye contact well, I believe that is a function of her inability to look up or down, more than avoidance. We have a therapy room in our garage and are working with an OT on developing a home program. She currently spends an average of 2 hours a day in the therapy room. Do you think the Son-Rise Program would have significant impact in a situation like this? From what I have read, I believe in your program, but am wondering how beneficial it would be for my family. Has The Option Institute ever worked with a child exposed to accutane? There are few medical doctors with knowledge and little info out there.
A: I am not aware of us having worked with children exposed to accutane. As you describe her, I believe that our program would be helpful to you. Feel free to call in for a free 30-minute phone consultation with a family counselor to discuss how you could use our program to help your daughter.
Our program is definitely about being non-judgmental and connecting with the child (as you noted), but it is also about inspiring growth. This means helping your daughter to want more for herself, and achieve more through this extraordinary motivation! Indeed, a child who is deeply motivated learns significantly faster than one who isn’t as motivated.
If a child has challenges with eye contact, speech, attention span, fine and gross motor skills, social skills or academic skills (to name a few), then The Son-Rise Program can help. You could use Son-Rise techniques to help with her vision difficulties as well (doing particular exercises given to you by her vision specialist with a Son-Rise approach to make it as fun and motivating as possible.)