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Thank you so much for your time over the telephone. It
was important to be able to share our experience,
plans and hopes for our son. It was equally vital to
speak to someone who has successfully negotiated the
path that we are aiming to follow. Having spoken with
you, I am confident that you will prove to be an
excellent Counsellor/Mentor for our family.
I am excited about our prospects and still retain a
great hope that we will 'recover' this very precious
boy. We appreciate that all should be treated as
individuals and of course you never know who will
respond typically to the therapy but we have adopted
the popular saying 'NOTHING VENTURED, NOTHING GAINED'
as our motto, we feel there is nothing to lose and so
much could be gained.
When I attended a Son-Rise lecture in September 2007,
I was sceptical about what I was going to hear but
after hearing Raun Kaufman speak, I dared to believe
in the possibility of my son's recovery (I always
thought it could be done but now I was actually
believing it). It still took time to get my head
around what was required and of course we have
continued working very hard on his current therapies
with the guidance of his dedicated therapists and we
have been making slow progress.
In the past few days, we started with some of the
strategies as instructed under the Son-Rise programme.
I understood the principles behind these because of
some work we were already doing but in just a couple
of days some amazing things have happened: he is
enjoying drinking more from his beaker, seems to be
eating better and we have had a couple of almost
stress-free teeth brushing sessions by making this a
fun and animated part of his routine. Fun wasn't just
for playtime, many aspects of his day could be
approached in this way.
I also imitated his 'stimming' by spinning around and
'twiddling' my fingers and when he observed me, he
started laughing, in fact we both fell about laughing
so much. It was really uplifting to REALLY FEEL what
seemed like a spontaneous connection with my boy
rather than one that had been forced through and it
appeared to be due to venturing into 'his world'.
I think what the programme is offering will go well
with his existing therapy of working on his strengths
and interests thus not only increasing his desire to
communicate & interact or helping him overcome his
sensory issues but also helping him acquire various
skills. It is early days and who knows where this
journey will lead us but I do know that if I do not
give this programme a go then I would be limiting
Koko's chances of 'recovery'.
Should you wish to share my testimony with others then
please know that I fully authorise the Son-Rise
programme to use the contents of this e-mail.
I am looking forward to Start-Up in February and will
keep you in the loop about how we get on. Thanks again
for your phonecall and I look forward to speaking with
you again soon.
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