Parenting on Purpose
"We consider ourselves fortunate people who get to spend countless hours nose-to-nose with these special kids as we battle together side-by-side to overcome the obstacles they face every day. We view ourselves as treasure hunters who delve through the debris of brain-injury, retrieving hidden potential, discovering the wonder of their beautiful minds....surprised every day by how much we underestimated their intelligence and capacity. This process of rehabilitation stretches us in every possible aspect of our beings and these children enlarge us and teach us so much more than we can ever dream of teaching them...it’s humbling.”
The Viljoens a South African family is currently situated in the city of Philadehia, USA. Hannes and Jana received training at an organisation whose staff coach parents to rehabilitate their own brain-injured children. They have dedicated themselves full-time to doing the Intensive Therapy Program with all four of their children. This daily program consists of physiological, physical, sensory, social and intellectual elements, optimising the development of all their children, arranging their environment in an optimal way, using every opportunity to stimulate their children, providing opportunity for growth and development.
Kyna (10 years old) is the eldest daughter who suffered a pediatric stroke and partial paralysis at the tender age of 13 months. Doctors predicted that Kyna would never walk and talk, but she single-handedly defied this prognosis. Kyna is now able to run a mile under 15 minutes and she brightens everyones day with her beautiful, intelligent conversations. Currently the focus of Kyna's program is to regain full function in her right hand.
Gian (age 9) has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Gian used to disappear like a little wallflower, trying to survive all the sensory challenges he faced. Ever since the onset of the program, he has progressed in leaps and bounds. He now interacts and expresses his needs very clearly. Gian proved to be an exceptionally bright boy, who understands incredibly well and he is determined to overcome major obstacles daily. Gian's program is designed to improve respiration at this stage in his journey to wellness.
Autism is what Leo (8 yrs old) has been diagnosed with. Five years ago, Leo tuned out frequently, fixating on the wheels of his toy car just to cope with constant sensory overload. This boy really battled with the output of his intelligence which caused major frustration. After consistently stimulating Leo using the techniques they had learned , Leo underwent metamorphosis and instead of being a withdrawn introvert, Leo is now an extrovert. Cortical organisation is his next area that the team works on.