After Melvin’s birth, he appeared to develop well and his parents thought that everything was fine. However, when he was five months old he caught the flu and became severely ill. He vomited a great deal and lost nearly one kilogram of weight. He then became ill with tonsillitis. For the next two months he was severely ill and slept most of the time. By 7 months of age, he had difficulty moving or lifting his head.
At 9 months of age, when he was tested by a nurse, it was clear that something was wrong – he was not responding to sounds as he should have. He showed no interest in toys, and he had a severe convergent strabismus. Eventually doctors were able to confirm with an MRI that he did have an injury to the brain.
Melvin could not crawl or creep, but parents were told by doctors to “wait and see.”
Melvin was a happy child, but it was clear to his parents that something was wrong.
Doctors told Melvin’s parents that they could not predict how he would do and advised them to “wait and see.” Parents did not want to wait and immediately began searching for answers on the Internet. They discovered The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential and Glenn Doman’s book What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child.
Melvin was 22 month old, and could move his arms and legs, but could not move forward or crawl at all. After reading the book, parents built an Inclined Floor, and were so happy with Melvin’s quick progress in crawling that they decided to travel to Philadelphia and attend the What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child Course. They were inspired, and returned to The Institutes in Italy a few months later to have Melvin evaluated by The Institutes staff and to receive a home program.
Using the Inclined Floor, Melvin learned how to crawl on his belly. He learned to crawl off the Inclined Floor and onto the flat floor. This was the start of his amazing journey to becoming fully mobile.
He quickly gobbled up the information he was given and adored every second of his learning time with Mom.
Parents also started an Intelligence Program to help Melvin’s intellectual development. Using The Institutes Reading Program, they began to teach him to read, which he loved. Looking back his parents say, “He learned to read when he was two and a half years of age; how many kids can read at that age? Even our other children couldn’t!”
To see Melvin’s incredible journey from immobility to walking, watch this video: