Old 0 – 36

Sophia enjoying a slide

Sophia enjoying a slide

To all intents and purposes now that Sophia’s blog has seen her reach 36 months old it has finished as it was always my intention to stop once Sophia was 3, the major brain development period being 0 – 36 months. Of course the brain continues developing and we continue learning, but not at such a significant rate, hence the need to saturate a profoundly disabled child in stimulation for the first 3 years of their life. Sophia is now over 3 and a half and in just the last 6 months we have seen incredible changes and so for those who wish to continue being a part of our journey, I will keep posting, albeit less frequently.

I hope that people new to the blog will read it from the beginning so that they appreciate just how incredible some of the developmental steps Sophia achieved along the way are. Her brain is catastrophically damaged, there is no getting away from that fact.

I fully appreciate what a challenge it is to devote the time and effort in maintaining the constancy of stimulating a severely disabled child, but I hope this blog shows that if I can do it, anyone can. I am not a gifted person, I have no unique qualities, my world fell apart and I mourned, but I knew that whatever was going to happen I’d cope and I was desperate to ensure Sophia had the best start in life. Her amazing development is testament to the time and effort that has been put into ensuring she had this best start. I hope this blog inspires the parents of all severely brain damaged children to ensure their child’s maximum development, whatever that may be and I hope it informs onlookers as to the momentous journey life is with a disabled child. On a purely selfish level, the greater a child is developed in the early years, the greater their chance of a more fulfilling, less dependent life – i.e. a happier child who isn’t as hard to look after – what a long term win-win!

I live in Holland, although I long for future short breaks to the rest of the world, and I want to live in Holland because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be with my gorgeous girl.

So – on we go…

6 thoughts on “Old 0 – 36

  1. Thank you for sharing your experiences, it has certainly opened my eyes to a world I knew nothing about and your vision, determination and tenacity is an inspiration and has brought many a tear to my eyes x

  2. Thankyou for this.What a testament to a mothers unconditional love and aspiration for her child, a child who I know has a perfect soul.We are all so blessed to know her and privileged to have shared this 3 year journey with you. Thankyou.

  3. You’ve more than coped! You have given something priceless to your precious little one!
    Thank you for keeping the blog going, it has touched me enormously and I’m sure it will give confidence and inspiration to many who find themselves in a similar situation!

  4. Thank you for sharing with us your experience in training Sophia. I am very inspired by what you do to Sophia as a mother and Sophia has achieved so much under your training and of course with your love. I am very devastated that nobody has ever told me about brain plasticity and that brain can grow by use through intensive stimulation until I read Glen Doman’s book in July this year. After reading your blog, I am more convinced that this intensive stimulation works but I hope it will still work on my 9 years old girl who is diagnosed as GDD at the age of 2 years old, which is 7 years ago and nobody has ever told me about brain plasticity, not even the teachers or the therapists in the special school that she has been attending for 7 years already till now.

    • It is never too late Bay. Recent neurological research has proven that our brain has plasticity right the way through to old age. The older brain might not be as malleable as a young child’s, but there is still great potential. Stroke victims in their 70s ignite dormant parts of their brain through stimulation. I am positive, with constancy and dedication, your daughter will develop. My very best wishes – Cate x P.S. Do email me if you need a sounding board – categibbons04@gmail.com

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