We have been a part of the Brain Balance program for 3 months now and I wanted to be sure and update everyone on how Owen is doing. This is the half way point, and he has already met or surpassed a portion of his goals! It has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. It has been hard, it has been a lot of work, and it has changed our entire family. Don’t get the wrong idea though, no one ever told us that this program would be easy! No one said that this was going to be a quick fix, or that change would happen overnight. At certain points I didn’t realize it was going to be so hard and I almost wanted to give up….but your know what? It’s all been worth it! All the sacrifices, all the driving, all the meltdowns, all the home program work, all the diet changes…it was all so overwhelming at first! But every step has been worth it.
My little boy has grown, changed, and matured so much in the past 3 months! I sit here in disbelief with a tear running down my cheek as I look at him across the room problem solving and trying to figure out how to get his Lego structure stabilized. You see 3 months ago, that would have been a meltdown…like end of the world, throw the Legos, stomp, scream, kick sort of meltdown because the Legos weren’t doing what he wanted them to. When he was 2, that behavior didn’t seem like a big deal, but at 6 and a half he has to learn to handle these emotions. Now he is able to stop, think about how it should go, talk it out, or just make more attempts at his structure without losing control of his emotions! THIS IS AMAZING!
Another giant milestone for him is his diet and nutrition. He was EXTREMELY picky, and mostly ate junk food. (looking back I realize it was mostly junk, I didn’t see that it was so much junk before) With a lot of hard work and persistence, we have been able to stick to a healthy meal plan of real foods. We even spent this past weekend at a church retreat where every meal contained mostly food that he couldn’t have. He dealt with this better than I did I think, and was happy to eat his Brain Balance approved foods, and stay on track with all the progress we’ve made so far! He is still picky, and has his struggles at times, but he has come so far in such a short amount of time, that I’m not complaining.
Then one more change that I saw recently is his smile. You see, before if he wasn’t making a funny face when looking at the camera, he sort of had this odd smile. We learned from Brain Balance that his eyes have trouble focusing, and I figured out that’s probably why in most of his pictures he isn’t actually looking at the camera. Then because his frontal lobe is under-developed and that’s where most of our emotions are held, I think he struggled with knowing how to get his face to make a real smile. I struggled to find a picture that shows what I’m referring to because we don’t keep a lot of those and just retake a bunch of pics to get a good one, so this is as close to an illustration I can show. The one of the left was taken last fall, the one of the right was this past weekend. See him making eye contact?!? 🙂
I’m so proud of all the progress he has made his first 3 months with Brain Balance, and I can’t wait to see how far he will go in his last 3 months!
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