Anika’s StoryAnika made such strong gains in her motor skills that her physical therapist and her speech therapist were completely surprised. They had to rewrite their goals for her when she returned from the camp.
All We Had Hoped For and Far, Far More
Our story started out like many others – we were blessed with a much awaited, beautiful little girl, Anika! Anika’s development worried us and our false reassurances came crashing to the ground after her first day of pre-school. Her teacher suggested an evaluation and everything went into a high stress blur as we realized that we were dealing with autism.
Through the horror and the grief that the diagnosis brought, came a rapid realization that we were going to have to figure it all out without any help from the medical community. Our first guardian angel had helped her own daughter navigate her way out of the autism spectrum, suggested a change in diet and use of supplements. Our second guardian angel, told us about Dr. Masgutova’s work.
During our first 5 day MNRIcamp, we found it rather overwhelming and a bit confusing. But we also saw some unmistakable improvements, which left us very excited! Before camp, she used to get upset very easily and would not re-try things if they seemed difficult at the first attempt. During camp, she fell while trying to run across a concrete floor, and instead of the usual dissolving-into-tears, she quickly calmed herself and moved on. We decided to dive into Dr. Masgutova’s work more.
The second camp we attended really confirmed our initial impression. Anika made such strong gains in her motor skills that her physical therapist and her speech therapist were completely surprised. They had to rewrite their goals for her when she returned from the camp. At the third camp, she gained 14 months of skills in 10 days, whereas with the usual physical therapy, she had gained 4-5 months of skills in 6 months. This was the last proof I needed. We pulled her out of her speech therapy, physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy, and began using MNRI as our primary therapeutic modality.
About a year into MNRI, we found a wonderful Feldenkrais practitioner and started seeing him regularly, while still working closely with MNRI. We saw stronger and stronger gains, with doing both the modalities together. When Anika was ready to enter kindergarten, we met with the school district to re-write her IEP. This was 3 years after her initial evaluation. The team could hardly believe that this was the same child they had assessed 3 years ago. She no longer qualified for an aide at all, and tested in the completely normal range for speech. She is now in first grade, has been mainstreamed since kindergarten, and only receives social skills help about 10 minutes a day.
She attends regular gymnastics and just won her white belt with a black stripe in Tae Kwan, she is an excellent swimmer, reads well above grade level, and is on the Kumonhonor roll for both mathematics and reading. She is able to do all that we had hoped for, and far, far more.
We used to read stories of other children online, in books, and on blogs – and we were always so heartened by happy endings. We feel so grateful that we have been able to share our own happy ending with you, and we can say for sure that Dr. Masgutova is our third guardian angel.
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