R. Woodrow




 Dear Sean,

Our son suffered oxygen starvation.  To my inexperienced eye he seemed fine and nobody even hinted that he could be brain damaged.  At 6 months he had his second triple vaccination.  Within a few hours he was running a high temperature and came out in a rash.  He sat up fairly late (9 months) and I began to worry about him.   He never crawled but shuffled on his bottom.  At one year nine months physiotherapy was started.  He appeared very sensitive to atmosphere.  He cried almost constantly. 

 He had unfortunate schooling.  Before his 5th birthday he was placed in a school for children with development problems.  We subsequently discovered it had been set up as an autistic unit.  After 3 weeks he stopped walking and was regressing.  He never went back to that school.  He was out of school for 2 years and then we placed him in a different school.  Whilst he still made no progress academically, at least he did not go backwards.  By the time he was 12 we agreed that the school would no longer attempt to make any progress academically, but emphasise the “life skills” he would need.  He was 19 before he showed any motivation.  Along with his increased motivation he now seems to suffer more from frustration.

 I will attempt to explain what I saw happening on the Brainwave I machine and of how I observed Richard.  His posture has been poor for many years.  He always appears stiff.  He had major spinal surgery for “scholiosis” – a horrendous operation which he coped with very well. 

 My first impression of change concerned his physical appearance.  His legs straightened considerably and he stood taller.  He was running better.  I wondered how much he had understood of what had happened.  I asked him if he understood what Sean had told him and he said “Yes, I’m intelligent”.  Obviously we were all on a “high” and very excited by what we had seen.  He remained very relaxed and his speech became more fluent.  His physical improvement is still obvious!  His skin and features have softened considerably and he continues to look and seem much more relaxed.

 A busy day.  We went to the local shops in the morning and he spotted a game in a charity shop.  He correctly read the handwritten price of 50p and produced a 50p coin to pay for it.  I know that he has been doing money recognition at school but believed his ability to be limited to realising that a £1 coin was of more value that a 50p coin.  I was surprised that he could read 50p in someone’s handwriting.  In the afternoon we went with his Aunt and Uncle to a large out of town shopping centre.  I would have expected him to do his usual when he has money, which is to run around in a frenzy to see what he could buy.  What he chose usually bore no relation to the amount of money he had to spend.  However, this time he didn’t do this, he seemed to make a calm and considered decision.  He was with my sister when he produced a £1 coin and showed that he wanted to buy something priced at 49p.  He then said “I can buy two with this”.  This is something we have never seen before – being able to do basic adding up.

 In the evening he was sitting looking at a book of birds which we had bought that afternoon.  The book contained photographs of various placed in the British Isles and also illustrations of the types of birds which could be found in that area.  He correctly identified families of birds.  For instance, he could not differentiate when it was, say, a coal tit or a crested tit, although he knew they were of the same type.  One of the most interesting things he commented on was that the pictures were clear when looking at the photographs.  He could also differentiate when water was smooth or rippling – he called it “wrinkled”.  My brother-in-law asked him to look at the TV when a video was running – he said the TV picture was not as clear as the pictures in the book.  Later on when the video was finished, he looked at the screen and said that the picture was now clearer.

 He also appears to be more positive in what he wants.  There were many instances of him making a very definite decision and asking very clearly for what he wanted.

 Much as yesterday – still calmer and less frantic.  My brother in law commented that he now finds his speech much easier to understand.  As he does not see him all that often he has always found it very difficult to understand him.  He seems better able to take part in the “flow” of conversation – normally he can say what he needs to but does not take part in conversation.

Thank you very much Sean.

Wonderful progress.