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Posted by Phoenix on July 12, 2000 at 05:21:20:

In Reply to: Re: 3 year old son w/mild CP. Will it get worse? posted by Dena on February 26, 2000 at 19:17:52:

: : : My son was diagnosed when he was 1 1/2 years. He walks on his on but he holds his arms straight and in back of him and he also walks with his feet in. I asked the doctors if his condition will ever get any worse and they cannot seem to answer that. Does anyone know whether the condition worsens with age?

You need to contact, "The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential," in Philadelphia, PA. They have been helping brain-injured children and adults become "well" for over 40 years. My son, who also had Cerebral Palsy, has benefited greatly from their programs.

Cerebral Palsy; Autism; Mental Retardation; Learning Disabilitites; ADD & ADHD, etc... are only labels which describe particular "symptoms" of brain-injury; and that's all they are----all of them----brain-injuries. The Institutes teaches families how to neurologically organize their children so that they may create new dendritic pathways around the damaged areas of the brain, and grow existing brain cells. Eventually these individuals can function normally physically, intellectually and socially, and perhaps even above average or higher.

The program is intensive, but what parent out there wouldn't want to provide their CP child with a chance at a normal life? They refuse NO brain-injured child----they help the most mild of brain-injured, to the most profoundly brain-injured or comatose victims. They have even brought people out of 18 year comas. They deal primarily with children who are brain-injured, though family members can attend their lectures if they are working with a brain-injured adult as well.

They are a non-profit organization. You can research them at:

Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions about them.

Good luck.

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