Come meet the family

Here is the chilean ABR family. We are 11 families already doing ABR, yesterday 7 of us got together to have a very nice reunion. 4 more are already sign in for next trainning.

This is just starting.


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ABR in a chilean magazine

Yeah, how cool is that! This saturday a 7 pages story was published about us and our ABR journey. It has had a big impact, tons of families have contacted me or the ABR center, some unfortunally are asking their PT and OT about it, imagine what are they going to hear…

But I’ve meet a lot of amazing families, some are very interested in ABR. Yes, the article did it’s work. All the time invested pay off and I am mostly happy because a  lot of families now have HOPE. I believe love is not enough… You also need perseverance and hope, that’s my modo!Reportaje Paula

So, here is the link to the article in Revista Paula (most sell chilean magazine), but it’s in spanish… I have to tell you that Jacqui and Kathryn‘s blogs are mentioned (yes, Moo and Ellie appear on a magazine in some country far far away). And that my daughter looks beautyful in the pictures, although the ones they put one line aren’t the best. Anyway, we are pretty happy about it and very proud that our story is a happy one 🙂

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Did you hear the news?

Leonid Blyum started a blog! YES!

ABR and Beyond… Empowering the Special Parents of Children with Special Needs.

A must read!!! I found it at 3 o’clock in the morning, tomorrow I would most certainly by a sleepy head. I just HAD to read it all!

A parent is the only person who has time, dedication and true knowledge of a child. No professional has this combination.

Leonid Blyum

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Arms XL

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned here, but one of the most incredibles changes that Rocío’s has had with ABR has been losing the spasticity in her arms. Now she can extend them, she can touch her belly or her hair. She doesn’t do much yet with her arms, but this is I guess the first step to funtional arms.

Here is a video of Rocío on her bath time. You can see her extra large arms, or at least they look like that to us, because 1 year ago, they were glu to her body, folden, spastic. Now she can even take them out of the tub!!!!!

I must way, because of the Bree Van Der Kamp hidden and oppresed in me, that the brown line in the tub is because of the herbal baths that we give to Rocío as part of her fitotherapy.

Having say that, here is her video. Please feel free to comment!!! I’m missing your feedback 🙂

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Working mom?

Again, sorry for not writing in this blog as much as I do in my spanish blog. It’s quite hard to keep up both! But, I do have an excuse this time! Turns out ‘mamaterapeuta’ (therapist mother) is back on bussines… Well, not technically ‘back’ since I’ve never worked before, but you got the idea.

When Rocío was born, I was still studying. So her first year I finish my degree in Linguistics (yes, I’m a linguist), that gave me planny of time to be with her. Then college was finish and I realised that I couldn’t quite yet start working, so… I signed up for a Master in Linguistics. This year I’m supposed to get my degree, I’m working on my thesis right now, and I’m very happy about it.

I wasn’t thinking about starting to work yet. I was actually considering signing up for the Ph.D. after this! But… One day someone called me and asked if I could teach ‘Phonetics’ at X University. I actually said that I’d have to think about it, but I called back 2 minutes after and said YES!!! Phonetics is my ‘thing’.

So then I was happy about starting to teach and ending my M.A. But then I received another call… Could you be a part of a support group for premature babies? This time I answer right away: yes! It has been much more work than I thought, because the group is just starting and we are doing everything that this type of group requires. We haven’t help any parent yet, but our first reunion is in a couple of weeks, so I’m pretty excited about that too.

Then I was talking to the owner of the store that has made almost every special equipment we’ve used in the last 3 years. She is a friend at this point… And all of the sudden, we are starting a business together, one that would hopefully help people with special needs.

To make everything more exciting, I then received an email from a local Magazine asking me to do an interview. Go figure! I was TOTALLY excited about this, the journalist loved our story and I’m not sure how much she is going to write, but we’ve meet already 4 times and we are still not over.

So… One thing lead to the other, and now it turns out that I have 5 things to do. A meeting for every day of the week. And I’m a mother who wants to dedicate truly to her special needs child! This is not was I had on mind. My idea was this year just finish my M.A. nicely and hopefully write a book, which is something to many people are suggesting for me not to do it, and besides, I’d love to write it and it’s almost done in my mind.

Would I last doing all this??? Who knows… All I know is that this year is looking fantastic!!! And the funniest thing is that ‘mama terapeuta’ gets more jobs offers and is much more popular than me beeing just a linguist! How crazy is that? Deffinetly ‘insanity’ is just around the corner…

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Enjoy her last achievement, my personal favorite.

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Pretty girl

Rocio smiling

Rocio smiling

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