Edward is amazing. He is an effete, passionate, witty, charming chap. Not the mad, strange child we brought to see you some years ago. He is calm, to the point of being a tower of strength for me at times. He has huge self-awareness but also a great defusing sense of humour. A mother at school said to me the other day that she thought Edward was “effortlessly cool” – and I asked whatever could she mean (we are talking about Edward after all….!) and she said, he just turns up, and is, and other boys strive their whole lives to be as funny or good looking or just plain cool as he is just normally. I thought I must pass this on to you. It really is as opposite a summation of what we expected for Edward as you could get.
If there are parents out there who despair, tell them that the process of acknowledging the problem, and then dealing with it – with such an amazing outcome – is one of great, great benefit…
As people, they [my children] have grown. I worried that they would never be happy, simply because of their Dyspraxia. I knew that there was every chance they could grow up into adults with depression because we had not handled their special needs properly. I know now that they will have happy and fulfilled lives. It is not a miracle cure. It is part of a process of understanding – for the child and for the parents. So, not a miracle cure – more a gift to a family who were desperate for answers. And you can quote me on that!
Generally I am less tense, more approachable and more cheerful. An ex-colleague noticed the change immediately – “your face looks more open now.” Halfway through my treatment I stopped wearing my orthotic blocks, as for the first time in my life I was standing upright and walking freely with an even stride. At the end of the treatment I threw the blocks away, because I was feeling less anxious and less in need of reassurance!
My general coordination and ease of movement has improved considerably, much to the surprise of my tennis partners. As my physical attitude has vastly improved, so my mental attitude has become more open, relaxed, cheerful, and receptive.
I feel more able to embrace life wholeheartedly and to respond to each new situation with an open mind and without fear or anxiety.