Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Finding the Key



I am in Montreal, well actually, Dorval.  I am staying at a heritage house, which has been converted into executive suites.  My entrance is at the rear of the house.  The suite is pleasantly appointed, not really my taste, but it’s sufficiently agreeable.  This has been my home away from home for the last couple of weeks.  I plan on walking around later to take some pictures. As my good fortune would have it, Hubby came to visit over the weekend and made sure I had wireless connection.  Yip, no being tethered to the wall for me.  yay! 

I am enjoying Montreal's French culture .  It’s part of Canada but it does have a unique cultural and heritage.  I’ve noticed people here although predominately French speaking, are willing to respond in English to us, and with a smile to boot!  In fact, I am finding the people here super duper approachable.   

I’m here because my son is taking a course to help develop his gross motor skills.  He has never been athletic because his core strength has always been an issue.  And as a growing teenager his strength deficient continues to make him physically awkward.  Simply, how this was explained to me is that because of the undeveloped gross motor skills he was experiencing some difficulty with processing information.  Kind of like being out- of- sync with the world around him. 

 And, this may very likely be the reason he is reluctant to speak in public.  He has always been an uncommunicative student.  This perplexed and frustrated teachers because although they knew he was a bright student, to access him they required him to be more communicative. Understandably this also impacted on his social skills and with connecting with his peers.   However, at home he is a different child, talkative, energetic and sometimes he could be a royal pain in the you-know-what.  When his friends come over there is no issue in how he related with them.  Obviously, this was a puzzle for us. 

I believe we’ve found the key that will unlock this puzzle.  In just one week I have noticed significant changes in him.  He is speaking more not just to me but also in public.  He orders his own food in restaurants, even going so far as ordering his desserts in French.   Furthermore, I’ve noticed he has more strength and focus as he runs. This is an enormous leap forward.  Yay! 

What I will say though, before we embarked on this road I had reservations on how effectively it would work.  I am delighted with the results thus far; I guess the actual test will be to see how this translates when he goes back to school.  And to think it all began when I discovered “The Brain that Changes itself” by Norman Doidge. M.D.


4 comments:

DUTA said...

That's very interesting and also very encouraging, as I suppose there are many cases like your son's.

I'm not surprised of how you came upon the info about the courses in Dorval. I've also found in the past useful information that helped in a way change my life, from just reading a book or from an article on the web.

I wish your son Good Luck and great success in his life!

Paul Garrigan said...

Hi Angelina, it seems that you have found a life changing programme for your son. The brain is such an amazing tool, it is just a shame that it didn't come with a troubleshooting guide. Luckily we seem to be developing ways to deal with it.

bodhirose said...

I just finished reading a most fascinating book entitled "My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD. I have a whole new way of looking at the brain and it's function. I would recommend this book to you. It is a quick read but filled with information and a personal story of how Dr. Taylor overcame a massive stroke and how she subsequently completely recovered.

I wish your son success with his endeavors.

Gayle ~

Angelina said...

Hi Duta,

Indeed, I never gave up and kept reading anything remotely on the subject. If I have any advise it is to do due diligence and keep trying.

Hi Paul,
Interactive Metronome is a drug-free approach to improving brain processing.This improvement, in turn, strengthens motor skills, including mobility and gross motor function, and many fundamental cognitive capacities such as planning, organizing and language.

The brain is the most amazing organ we have.

Hi Gayle

Thank you for dropping in and leaving a comment. I am familiar with dr. Taylor and her journey. It is really encouraging how the brain can heal itself.

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