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Conductive Educationmakes a difference in the lives of the children and the families we serve.
We would like to share a little of our story as a family. Our children were born at 25 weeks gestation, fifteen weeks premature. After 4 months of hospitalization, Dylan came home and his twin brother passed away.At the age of 4 we enrolled Dylan in Conductive Education. He has actively participated in the Mommy & Me class for nearly 18 months now. Since starting Conductive Education, Dylan has begun rolling on the floor, playing independently and even playing catch with the family dogs. Dylan's new found confidence is displayed in his potty training. Now Dylan not only sits unsupervised on his potty seat, but sometimes shows off by holding on with only one hand on his ladder chair. To put it simply, Conductive Education has given Dylan the chance to "learn how to learn". In the past eight months Dylan has made profound progress in speech. His vocabulary is beginning to allow him to communicate his feelings and needs. Dylan's charming soft laugh makes the journey well worth the effort. We would like to express from the bottom of our hearts the gratitude we feel towards everyone who has contributed towards Dylan's future.
Pryianka Nookala - written by Nook Nookala
Nookola is a twin born June 26, 1994. She was born at 27 weeks and
weighed 2 pounds 7 ounces. Due to her prematurity and complications,
she has gross-motor skill development delays and Cerebral Palsy. She
is a very happy, articulate and intelligent child.Priya has been a
student of Conductive Education at Beginning Steps to Independence
since early 1997. When she started CE, she was able to sit on a stool
holding to its edges with her hands assisted by her parents. She had
difficulty holding her head high but was able to crawl.Now Priya is
able to sit on a stool independently. She is able to walk 20 feet with
the help of two walking sticks and knee immobilizers. She tells
people, with pride, that she attends Beginning Steps To Independence
and is learning to walk there. She also informs them that she will go
to her brother's school next year after she starts walking.
It is a pleasure to watch a small kid work so hard and with so much enthusiasm to become independent. Priya's goals are to walk and be independent as soon as possible and then attend a regular school. She plans to graduate from Stanford and Harvard and become a Brain Surgeon!
Daniel Styckney - written by Dyer Stickney
It pleases me to have the opportunity to share with you the story of our son, Daniel. When Daniel was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, physicians and other health professionals painted a very gloomy picture of our son's future. The ray of sunshine was, and is, Conductive Education.CE has done more for our son's future than words can describe. At his previous school, no matter how hard we intervened as advocates for our son, he was just lost in the system. Within two weeks of being at Conductive Education our family noticed a huge difference in Daniel's speech as well as his mental outlook. That was approximately two years ago. Today Daniel is starting to take his first steps with the assistance of others. Our goal is to have Daniel walking by the time he is seven - one year away.CE's professionalism and loving atmosphere fosters the very best in the beginning steps to independence. Your care and concern makes a profound difference. You have helped enhance the lives of many children whose futures were first thought to be bleak. We thank you from the depths of our hearts on behalf of Daniel.
Cordelia Duggan - Daniels written by Cassandra Duggan-Daniels
Our daughter, Cordelia (Cordie) is 26 months old and developmentally delayed. She learned to crawl at 17 months and can stand and walk only with assistance.We started attending Conductive Education about a month ago. Cordie can almost walk independently between parallel bars. In her CE type leg braces, she can stand alone for about 10 seconds. Her attention span is lengthening and she is understanding more words and concepts. She is beginning to speak a few words.We are very pleased with the increased stimulation she is getting and the excellent progress she is making. It only makes sense that 3 hours a day of an intensive program including cognitive concepts would have a much better outcome than the usual few hours of therapy weekly. We encourage all parents of children with motor problems to consider Conductive Education.