At 6 months, when most babies sit up, Ava, (our granddaughter) lay flat and stared up. During these first months, we cooed and ahhed as any loving grandparent would. Her gaze, piercing and intelligent, seemed to sponge up everything. Yet she offered little response. (we later found this to be part of her delayed development). A smile sure, but Throughout these first months, the communication seemed one-sided. At 7 months she still hadn't met the milestone. At 8 months, she finally sat up.
An MRI revealed she was born with cerebral palsy.
If Ava was to have a chance at a normal life,There wouldn't be much time for crying and sadness. Ava needed us to pull together and take action. So we did. She needed Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. She'd need many visits to the neurologists and orthopedists. When her mom was at work and couldn't take her, her dad did his part. When they were both at work, grandma and grandpa stepped. This sure does give meaning to, the phrase,"It takes a village".
Our job has been minimal in comparison to Ava's. It certainly is a good thing that determination is such an integral part of her personality. Of course we did all the things insurance had to offer. But we discovered many therapies that weren't covered. For this reason, we have set up a fundraiser for Ava.
See below for info on
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) Program http://www.villamusica.org/
Anat Baniel http://www.anatbanielmethod.
Our first venture was with Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) Program. Music Therapy can restore, maintain, and improve mental and physical health, thus changing brain and behavior function in the areas of cognition, communication, social, motor, physical, and physiological skills.
We want to thank Villa Musica. http://www.villamusica.org/
Our next venture was with Anat Baniel http://www.anatbanielmethod.
The Anat Baniel method costs $85 per session, two sessions a week. This is making a significant difference. And it costs just short of $9,000.00 a year.
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