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Wednesday, 27 January 2021
One Family's Experience with Neuro Reorganization Print
This summer has been incredible. We took our 33 month old son Seong-Jin to the park where he shrieked with joy in the sprinklers, laughed on the swings, went headfirst down the slide, and bounced happily on the see saw. At the beach, Seong-Jin dug in the sand for seashells and ran giggling into the waves. Many days were spent with his little friends where they had toddler conversations, began to have interactive play, and of course fought over trains. In music class, Seong-Jin sang, danced, and banged/shook to all the songs. At home, we pretended to be Diego and friends rescuing animals and coloring pictures. We went on two short vacations with extended family that Seong-Jin loved and we saw no repercussions from. At the end of a busy day, Seong-Jin goes to sleep and sleeps deeply and peacefully for 10-11 hours. So secure in his attachment, Seong-Jin plays, eats, and sleeps normally for his grandparents while we began to go on dates again.

This might sound like a pretty typical summer but for a child like Seong-Jin who had a difficult infancy and numerous delays and attachment difficulties, this summer has been nothing short of a miracle.

Adopted from South Korea at five months, Seong-Jin had a very difficult transition to his new life. The trauma caused major sleep issues, hyper vigilance, difficulty forming secure attachments, and extreme behaviors. We used therapeutic parenting techniques recommended for promoting attachment with adopted children but Seong-Jinís trauma ran too deep for loving parenting to be enough. So much of the behaviors we saw were because Seong-Jin was in a constant state of fight or flight. We believe the disruption to his infant development, in addition to other factors such as too many vaccines given too close together while sick, contributed to immune system problems, including multiple food/chemical allergies/sensitivities, sensory processing problems, and developmental delays.

When Seong-Jinís Early Intervention evaluation at 16 months stated he had most of the signs of PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) and his attachment problems were worsening, we immediately changed his diet and scheduled an evaluation for neurological reorganization with Sarge Goodchild. After hearing about Sarge and neuro-reorg through adoption groups, we were convinced that it was what we needed to heal our son. We didnít want to rely on traditional therapies to help Seong-Jin cope, we wanted to get to the root cause of all his issues and help him heal. We had high hopes for neuro-reorg but the success weíve found is truly beyond our wildest dreams.

It hasnít been easy. Trying to get a 17- 32 month old to get through the program has been draining. The ďeasyĒ days were difficult; the hard days seemed endlessly torturous. After adopting our son, starting neuro-reorg was the greatest decision we ever made. Our son is securely attaching, sleeps well, has no developmental delays or sensory processing issues, and is in every way ďtypical.Ē Of course, we think he is extraordinary but those with children with special needs know that being considered typically developing is a truly great achievement.

We wish there was a way we could repay Sarge for giving us the greatest gift- a child who can live up to his potential. Not only did Sarge expertly identify Seong-Jinís problem areas and design a program to target them, but he listened to, supported, and helped us along when things were tough. Even when our son hated/feared all strangers, he adored Sarge. I canít think of Sarge without tearing up with happiness and gratitude.

While we wait to bring home our second son from Korea, we are comforted that Sarge will be there if it is needed.

Colin, Lauren, and Seong-Jin
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