Joy for Jacob

Joy for Jacob

Meet Jacob! Jacob is my four-year-old son and he is absolutely full of sunshine and joy. He loves bathtub mohawks, tractors and turtles, because he thinks their shells are cool. Jacob has a heart of gold, is incredibly intelligent and is a wonderful big brother. Just check out the letter that he wrote to Santa.   Jacob is full of smiles and his laugh is the greatest sound in the world. The most amazing thing about Jacob is that he is so happy and determined, despite the obstacles that he faces from being born extremely prematurely and the challenges of cerebral palsy he continues to overcome each day. Jacob’s first year of life was extraordinarily difficult. He was born at only 23 weeks and six days,. In fact, he was born two days after his twin brother, Logan. In his first six months of life, Jacob had to endure 144 days in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in 3 separate hospitals, 74 days on a ventilator and nine surgeries. His first surgery, an emergency abdominal surgery to fix a perforated bowel, occurred only one day after we held his brother for the first and last time.   We learned early on that Jacob may face incredible challenges through his life. Most premature babies suffer from bleeds in their brain which damaged brain tissue. Jacobs bleeds were so severe that we were told he would never see or hear or walk or talk. We didn’t know it then, but that day was a critical turning point in our lives. We have committed to prove them wrong.   When Jacob came home...
Johnny’s Journey

Johnny’s Journey

Johnny’s Journey Johnny is a loving, energetic 11-year-old who has been diagnosed with severe autism. Johnny’s journey began the summer Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast where he and his family live. During that time Johnny (age 2) would play with his niece (age 3) in the typical ‘partners in crime’ fashion! He laughed, talked a lot, and got into mischief like any little boy would do. Amid the stress and turmoil in the months following Hurricane Katrina his family started to notice changes in their precious Johnny. He no longer wanted to play with his niece or other children, his speech started to decline instead of increase, and he seemed to withdraw into his own little world. He no longer responded when someone would ask him to do something. He was losing words rapidly and interest in normal toddler play even more rapidly. His family was desperate to find out what was happening to their sweet boy. He still loved to be held and cuddled and was physically healthy but mentally they were losing him. By age 3 Johnny was diagnosed with severe autism and considered ‘non-verbal’. At 11, Johnny still cannot speak and needs help with most daily tasks. His determined Mom has researched and tried out any therapy that might help him, all while dealing with the challenges of being a single parent of four. Many of these treatments have made a significant difference in Johnny’s world with everything from focusing to coping with frustration, as well as promoting physical wellness. Unfortunately, all of these amazing treatments — Glutathione, IV treatments, hyperbaric oxygen, Relationship Development Intervention...
Noble’s Recovery

Noble’s Recovery

Noble’s Recovery Six year old Noble suffers from chronic encephalopathy, which manifests as dyspraxia/apraxia of speech, expressive language disorder, sensory processing differences, and autism.  He was born normal and eye contact which changed after development.  Noble needs specialized intensive targeted speech therapies for speech production. He has lost his bilabials to gutturals and now has approximations with about 20% intelligibility.  Noble attends intensive speech therapy including PROMPT in hopes of regaining articulation. Noble could benefit from MNRI therapy/camp which is about $8,000 to integrate reflexes to help him progress.  However, the MNRI therapy is costly and not covered by insurance.  Noble’s family has spent years getting needed therapies covered through grants.   He communicates with signs, approximations, and his “Talker”.  Social skills therapy is also not covered on insurance as well as the needed amount of speech therapy weekly. Noble had a typical birth with normal chromosomes, based on extensive genetic testing. It’s difficult to explain the cause of his condition–possibly environmental factors.  The family’s hope is to help Noble through therapies including speech, occupational, physical, music, assistive technology, and ABA therapies. Please donate to Bridge To Healing Foundation, where funds you donate go directly to Noble’s Recovery. IMPORTANT NOTE: When donating, please remember to write in NOBLE’s name in the RECIPIENT line of PayPal! Donate...
Mary Elizabeth’s Progress

Mary Elizabeth’s Progress

Mary Elizabeth’s Progress Mary Elizabeth, or ME, is a beautiful 3 1/2 year old little girl who lives in Louisiana with her family – Mom, Dad, big brother and Levi (the naughtiest yellow dog ever).  ME loves to swing, watch the Wonderpets, listen to music and hang out with her brother.  She is a sweet, sassy, and vibrant baby girl with a contagious smile. Mary Elizabeth was diagnosed at 12 weeks old with cerebral palsy as a result of a severe brain injury she suffered while in utero.  Her brain injury affects all four limbs, causing her to have high tone (spasticity) in her extremities and low tone in her trunk.  She also has cortical vision impairment and a seizure disorder.  But Mary Elizabeth and her family refuse to let that injury stop her from living a full and happy life. Mary Elizabeth works extremely hard each week in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Hippotherapy.   ME also gets  2+ hours a day of MNRI Therapy at home (by her Mom or a family member).   She has made lots of progress since her diagnosis, including learning to eat and safely swallow baby food; better head control; significant improvements in her vision; and reduced spasticity in her arms and legs. Last year, Mary Elizabeth started a therapy called Musgatova NeuroSensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI).  Since beginning MNRI, Mary Elizabeth has made huge gains in awareness of her surroundings, self control, eating, swallowing, better vocalizations, posture, and overall trunk control. Just this past weekend Mary Elizabeth sat up BY HERSELF for over 5 minutes!!!  Sitting up independently has been...
Bridge To Healing

Bridge To Healing

Bridge to Healing is the “bridge” that helps people receive the therapies they need in order to reach their fullest potential. We are a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting special needs on all levels. Bridge to Healing helps: Create scholarship accounts to assist children and adults with special needs receive therapy not covered by insurance. Help professionals fund therapy courses and workshops to further their training to assist special needs individuals. Establish fundraising efforts for victims and families struck by natural disasters and tragedies. Donate to Bridge to Healing Foundation or any one of the projects for children and families with special...