This week we welcome one new family to the Snowdrop programme from the South of England. We also have two children from India who are due for reassessment. We also celebrate the news of the fantastic progress of one of our children who has been on programme for three years and who is now doing amazing things.
When I first saw Finn Jordan, he was 8 months old and would sit in his little bouncy chair in what seemed to be an almost 'catatonic' state. As his mum said, "it was as though someone had found his standby button and pushed it." He showed no inclination at all to interact with his environment or the people within it.
Finn had been born with a choroid plexus papilloma, a tumour in the brain which had caused hydrocephalus. All of this had caused massive brain damaged and he was forecast to have huge problems with vision, cognition, language, - in fact in every area of development. When I saw him I knew we had to act immediately and I instituted a detailed programme of neurodevelopmental stimulation, which I taught to mum and dad. When I saw him four months later, it was obvious that we were beginning to make progress.
Today, Finn is described as "precociously intelligent," has superior language and communication skills, can see as well as you or I and is developmentally indistinguishable from his twing brother. He is living proof that not only can we stimulate brain plasticity, but that we can direct that plasticity down a developmental route.