Story of Matthew: A Boy with Mild Cerebral Palsy
‘Our son Matthew was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy at 2 1/2 years of age. He had been attending traditional physical and occupational therapies since he was 6 months of age. He had made some progress initially, but the past year had brought no progression.
This is when I started researching for alternative therapies for cerebral palsy and found out about ABM [NeuroMovement], and came into contact with Jon. Upon researching ABM, my husband and I were of course extremely hopeful and yet afraid to get our hopes up. Jon told us to give him 3 months, and our son would be a different child.
Upon first meeting Jon our son was 2 1/2 years old. He liked to be in mainly an upright sitting position. He had just learned to start butt scooting. He could not get himself into a sitting position on his own, nor could he lie down from a sitting position. He also could not roll completely over. His vocabulary at the time was at 20 to 30 words.
Within 3 mos of ABM therapy with Jon, his prediction was right. Matthew started crawling, he started getting onto his belly on his own and was able to get into sitting on his own.
We have now been visiting Jon for 8 months. Our son Matthew is consistently crawling now, he is pulling himself to standing without our assistance, he is standing with support, cruising, climbing up and down stairs unassisted, climbing step stools to wash his hands, he is bear crawling, he is feeding himself with a spoon, his vocabulary is somewhere in the 200 range, he crawls under his bed, through tunnels, and climbs up his slide.
Matthew has also most recently initiated potty training with much success! We are forever thankful for finding Jon and ABM [NeuroMovement]. We discontinued PT/OT after our first cluster of lessons, and have not regretted it for one second.
Our only regret is not finding ABM therapy sooner.
With much heartfelt love,
—The Combs Family“
Jon Martinez is a Certified ABM NeuroMovement® Practitioner in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can contact Jon at www.yourmovementmatters.com or call 419-506-1262.