Friday, November 27, 2015

Brain Treatment Center

We have two children that are on the Autism Spectrum.   We love them very much.  However, as many of you know, autism can be challenging.  Some days it is downright hard.  So, when we learned about The Brain Treatment Center, we felt it was worth checking out.
Here is what their website says,
"Brain Treatment Center features a cutting edge new technology that can uniquely image the brain, identify areas of the brain that are not functioning properly and, most importantly, restore problematic regions of the brain to optimal neurological function using non-invasive neuromodulation."
Once we decided to do MRT for both of them, it was a huge commitment.  We had to drive to Newport Beach every day for two months.  Honestly, we had to bribe William to get him to go.
But we feel it was worth it.
This is how Natalie responded very early on during her EEGs. 
Towards the end, there were no more tears.

Not only did the two of them bond, but we saw improvement after a few days.  They both began sleeping better, whereas before they were waking up numerous times a night, and William was sleepwalking.

William began doing better in school and he had an overall better outlook on life. 

After beginning treatment, Natalie began to socialize more.  We actually began to see her wake up and see the world outside of her constant stimming which enabled her to block out things going on around her.

I cried tears of joy during one of her appointments half way through the treatment when she got off the couch and headed down the hallway.  Chasing after my toddler-like-child as she squealed in playful game of chase was something I thought might never happen.

Now that treatment is over, both John and I can say that it was worth it.
We'd do it again.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a low key Thanksgiving this year.   Aunt Tanya came.  Rachel came.  A few of the kids' friends stopped by for dessert.  And that was it.  And it was nice.
This Thanksgiving marks one full year that Natalie has been home with us.  Night and day compared to last Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Birthday Galina

There is another 17 year old in the house! Happy birthday to our girl Galina!  We love you lots!
You are amazing and can do anything you put your mind too!

Hope you enjoyed your day!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween Festivities

Carving pumpkins is a tradition in our family. Though many of the kids are no longer interested in touching slimy, pumpkin guts, a few of them enjoy this family activity.

Anastasia is our artistic one in the family and looks forward to doing things like this where she can show off her creativity.
Just like some of the kids thinking that they are too old to carve pumpkins, it's the same with dressing up.  Most of the kids are too big in their mind, but a few are not, and a few don't have a say... yet. :)
Look at Miss Nattles.  Her first Halloween.  She is a real fairy princess.  Our fairy princess.

Check out these kiddos!  I am impressed with their creativity.   A little face paint and their characters came alive!