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Learning Problems and Developmental Delay: German Continues to Go to the Top of His Class


German age 15, paying a visit to The Institutes in 2016

The tall young man with the engaging smile stepped forth in the Valentine Auditorium to speak with the parents attending the What To do About Your Brain-Injured Child course. German and his parents had arrived on a hot June day to visit the staff and see the families.

Fifteen year-old German lights up when describing his life and his love of math, languages, athletics and spending time with his friends. Five years after graduating from the Intensive Treatment Program, German continues to be an outstanding student at a challenging school. His parents are extremely proud of his achievements and are confident that he will succeed in life. But German’s life did not begin on such a happy note.

One day prior to his delivery, the baby had an irregular heart beat and fetal distress. At birth, German had the umbilical cord wrapped twice around his neck. He was a small and quiet baby. Mother was advised to place the baby on his back, and for months he lay immobile.

When German was 7 months of age, Mother attended The Institutes How to Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence course. She learned the great value of placing her baby on his belly, and soon he was crawling and creeping, and then, walking.

At three years of age in pre-school, he stood apart from the other children. He played alone and did not respond to verbal directions.

German arrived at The Institutes ready to get started on his new program

“I was in denial about my child. He could speak German, Spanish, and English but he was absent from life. When other children tried to hit the piñata at a party German did not participate. It broke my heart to watch.”

At seven years of age, his mother describes her son: “It is difficult for him to follow orders and to pay attention to the teacher’s instructions. When the other children are writing or drawing, his paper is blank. While the other children are paying attention to the teacher, he switches off. When the teacher asks questions, he never answers. He avoids any kind of manual activity, he hates writing. He has problems understanding numbers and mathematics. He fails at games due to his inability to concentrate, and he tires very easily. It is very difficult for the teachers to understand his problems.”

“He is hypersensitive to touch, smell, and taste. Sounds bother him and he complains about voices, and crowds, and covers his ears. He sleeps poorly, and is very irritable. He does not chew well, even at his age. He often covers one eye, and he cannot decide which hand to use to eat or use scissors.”

“For me, it is as if the sun were totally eclipsed by the moon, his capability is blocked. He is interested in many things and wants to learn them but he cannot get focused. Our son needs help desperately.”

After attending The Institutes What to Do About Your Brain Injured Child course, parents learned their son had a moderate, diffuse, bilateral, cortex and midbrain injury. The family immediately embarked upon the Intensive Treatment Program with their boy.

After one year of his home program German was a different boy

German brachiates as part of his physical program at home

After one year of home treatment, their son was enjoying perfect health. He followed a highly nutritious diet very responsibly, and no longer had stomach problems or frequent respiratory infections.

He was crawling in a perfect cross pattern, running three kilometers daily, and had learned to brachiate independently. He had become proficient in gymnastics.

Now he was a full year ahead of his peers in mathematics, reading books for ten-year-olds, interacting well with his peers, and becoming an outstanding violin student

His learning problems were gone and he was advanced in most areas. A year previously, he had trouble counting in sequence, now he was a full year ahead of his peers in mathematics. At eight years of age, he was reading books for ten-year-olds. He was interacting well with his peers, and had become an outstanding violin student.

A year earlier, he wrote slowly and illegibly, and hated to write. Now he was carrying a notebook throughout the day to jot down ideas for his creative writing. He wrote, typed and edited a book of science fiction ten chapters long completely independently. He greatly enjoyed every minute of doing so.

Soon he was ready to return to the private school for advanced studies

He graduated from his home program and re-entered his challenging private school for advanced studies.

A proud day: Mother, Father, Grandparents and Susan Aisen, German’s advocate and the Director of The Institute for Intellectual Excellence, congratulate German on his graduation from the program

The young student who could not focus, did not answer, could not count, and hated to write had become a bright, enthusiastic, and highly successful student, the same boy but now able to use his abilities to their fullest.

Click to read the full story of German and find out where he is today at age 18.


Thought for Food

There are few things in life dearer to us than the food we eat. Few, if any of us have ever experienced starvation or been forced to live for long periods with little or no food. Instead we have been born into a world where food is plentiful.

Vegetables are easy to prepare and very nutritious

Our supermarkets provide a variety of food that is simply astonishing to those who come from countries where there are no such markets. I was reminded of this once when I was talking to one of our mothers from Poland. When we began to talk about fresh vegetables, mother’s face grew long. When I asked what was available at that time in Poland, she said there were only two fresh vegetables that they could get regularly: carrots and onions. There was no hope of any green leafy vegetables. There were no frozen vegetables, which left only canned produce. I asked her whether she had visited a supermarket during her stay in Philadelphia, and she began to tell me about a recent trip she and her family had made to one. It was rather like hearing someone describe Disney World. The image of pounds and pounds of fresh strawberries still haunted her.

The King of all Fruit: strawberries in Japan are delicious but expensive.

We Americans must surely be the luckiest people on earth when it comes to food. The United States can grow just about anything and deliver it just about anywhere.

We should be the healthiest people in the world.

The sad fact is we are not.

We are not only the fattest nation on earth, but we are arguably the least healthy nation in the industrialized world.
One of our problems is that we have long since discarded the notion of food as fuel. Instead we think of food as a form of entertainment. We often use food to celebrate a special event or as a reward when we have done something particularly well. We use food to comfort ourselves when something goes wrong.

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