Just wanted to give you a quick update on Dani. She is doing great. She has overcome SM. She is able to talk in all settings now, including giving book reports to her class. She is in 4th grade now... can you believe it? We came to you when she was 4 years old! She started the year with no signs of SM. She still can seem a little reserved at times but she is able to respond when spoken to even at those times! Thanks for all you do!
Mimi just celebrated her 8th birthday. She said "thank you" to everyone and then went around the room and gave out hugs. There were at least 18 relatives there and everyone got a hug! I remember when she turned 6 I explained to all the relatives that she wouldn't be able to "say" thank you, but that she would use a sign that said thank you. That was the first time we used that technique because I had read your books and "taught" the family about SM. That night she obviously felt more freedom as it was the first time she had spoken to some of her relatives! Now, she is continuing to feel more comfortable with family and friends - dancing and singing in front of people and sometimes sharing her clever humor! People are really enjoying Mimi's company! Mimi is very good at expressing her feelings and we have great talks about what is going on in her life! Mimi has a darn good life and it's going to be a privilege and a joy watching what she will be able to do with it!
Dr E - We are blessed to have found you and been able to take advantage of your service. I can't imagine how you do it all, but where would so many children be if you didn't? I hope someday to be able to contribute in some measurable way to your cause. I appreciate the newsletters and we will stay in touch!
My best wishes to you and your staff!
I wanted to share some wonderful news regarding Lila. As we discussed, I anticipated some possible setbacks at the start of the new school year, even though Lila had made great strides this summer.
On the first day of school, I received a phone call from her teacher in the morning. She wanted to let me know that Lila was talking with her, going up to her and asking her questions, raising her hand and responding in front of the class, and was overall extremely confident. All of the information I had given to her prior to school starting became irrelevant. There was no warm up period. She wondered how this child could have had such an anxiety. She has been consistent ever since. She amazed us all.
I want to thank you for all of your time, knowledge, support and devotion to your profession. I truly believe we could not have come this far without your influence. It has been quite a ride. Please know that I will be happy to assist you in any way that I can regarding your mission.
Thanks Dr.E.. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your time in responding like you do. It means soooooo much to me. I feel like you are right there with us every step even as far away as you are. You are one of a kind. I have been telling everyone about you!!! I want to call 20/20, prime time live, 60 minutes.....sara and I are home this morning, She is doing better, slept in. Its the best medicine. We will get through this. Enjoy your holiday, hug all your children, and kiss all your pups. And know thanks to your gift we are the most blessed people in the world this Thanksgiving, because of meeting you! Jamie C.
Our son is doing great each day. He now plays with his classmates with complete verbal communication. He communicates well with his teacher. He places orders at restaurants and he is not afraid to respond to questions to any one. Of course he hesitates first, but what a tremendous change. He is now enjoying life. His academic performance also sky rocketed with the teachers being able to evaluate him and see his skills. He raises his hand often in class to answer questions. Everybody in school and outside is amazed by his performance.
None of these would have been possible without you. You are a miracle maker and we always talk about you. God bless you to change many more lives.
Hi Dr. E!
I am finally taking a minute to give you an update on Zach. He is doing extremely well at school and in the real world. I am so proud of him, and he is very happy with himself as well. He says most of the time "it's easy" and he feels "good about it." He is using an audible voice at school with his teacher and a few other teachers and loud whisper voice with his classmates. And in the real world he is ordering at restaurants, paying and getting change, etc. All of your strategies are in place and we are working them well. Zach did his first audible speech for some of his class and his teacher a week ago....we are so excited and proud. He felt good doing it and he even played his guitar for them after his speech! THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO!!!! I am one overjoyed mom!
I just wanted to let you know that no news is good news! Kevin met his teacher a few days before school started. He is doing FINE! Spoke the first day, and has done very well since then- he even got a plus on his report card for participating in class! Thank you for everything you did for him and our whole family- You really changed all our lives for the better! Thanks again! Sandi D.
Dear Dr. E,
Thank you so much for seeing us today..I walked away feeling wonderful, hopeful and knowing in my heart I am in the right place for Karen. You made us all feel so comfortable, welcome, and Karen felt good about herself. THANK YOU AGAIN.
I want to thank you for your continued support, leadership and pure heart. I don't think we'd be where we are today without you.
I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful plan. It is so reassuring to have some direction and a formalized plan. More than anything it's nice to know that something really is wrong and we haven't been crazy this whole time! It's easy to beat yourselves up as parents because the symptoms of SM can be so misunderstood. Thanks again for your help. You made our year! We know there is a TON of work ahead of us but you have given us some answers and HOPE!
Hi, I told Mia we were going to email you today, Wed., to tell you that Mia said her lines for the play yesterday in front of about 100 parents loudly and articulately. the tears couldn't stop flowing from my eyes. She said she got scared when she saw her principal who she doesn't talk to yet but she was still able to do it. Every mom I've become friends with were holding their breath as were Kevin and I but she came through and the response was overwhelming. She got to go to her favorite place, Friendly's last night for dinner and got a new stuffed dog as a reward. Thank you for this gift.
Hi Dr. E.,
I'm just as excited and thrilled about Becky doing so well!! She has spoken to her aunt, with the new baby, for the first time. She also spoke to a great aunt and even went up closer to her so she could hear her! Then just yesterday Joe had taken Becky and her one brother over to a neighbor's house for something and Becky was able to answer the wife for the first time. I'm just filled with so much joy for her! Just to see her so relaxed and able to enjoy life!!
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