Jake was diagnosed with CP practically at birth due to the distress he suffered. He was born not breathing and ventilated with very little chance of survival.Jake survived and from then on we were on the usual round of hospital visits and physio’s and getting nowhere.
TST brought changes immediately
We found out about Advance when Jake was six and started therapy. We noticed changes immediately. The day after beginning therapy Jake actually slept through the night for the first time. Within two weeks we noticed his whole rib cage had changed. Prior to starting Advance we noticed Jake’s rib cage was looking more and more deformed, but within two weeks we could see it being to look more normal. His constipation improved. He stopped needing nappies during the day and he told us when he wanted the toilet. Jake continued to make progress in all areas.
Surprising the physios
The physio had said he would never propel a normal wheelchair so we were provided with a small one, until one day we could see his hand, eye co-ordination and understanding were so good we were sure he could do it so we persuaded them to give it a go. Now he whizzes himself about independently now. They said he could never use an electric chair “guess what” yes! He uses one now and extremely well.
Using words and wacky humour
Jakes improved breathing has meant he’s much more vocal and he can even say a few words quite clearly. From being shy and withdrawn he has become a stronger character with a whacky sense of humour and an excellent memory. Recently to my surprise he showed us he could do the exercises to himself and could remember old exercises.
Teachers full of praise
His teachers are all commenting on how well he’s doing at school, which is very different and positive compared with life before Advance. Now we look forward to Jake becoming more mobile and talkative and don’t put a limit on his potential.