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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

CranioSacral Therapy

Luke had a CranioSacral evaluation today by Magda at Kaufman Children's Center.  Very informative, but also totally overwhelming (in a good way).  This is just another piece to the puzzle.  I was overcome with emotion, crying and hugging Luke and then Magda.  Affirmation finally that when I didn't sleep for months on end because I was afraid that Luke was having trouble breathing...he in fact was. 

Praise God that He answered my prayers as I lied in bed listening to his breathing and praying that He would keep him breathing.  He watched over Luke and he didn't suffer from SIDS. 

This probably makes no sense to any of you, but then again~you may not know that Luke lost oxygen after his birth (via c-section) and that I had told his pediatrician that I thought he was having difficulty breathing when he slept.  Then at around 3 months he had to have breathing treatments.  All of this was confirmed today with this CST evaluation and makes sense to us now.  This has had an effect of Luke's development.  When I have the final report, I will be able to explain more.  It is hard to explain, but it all makes sense as to why Luke has difficulty with motor planning, speech production and attention.  Good news is~Magda can help us...and we start tomorrow.

See below for more information about CranioSacral Therapy from the KCC.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system-membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protest the brain and spinal cord, extending from the bones of the skull, face and mouth (which make up the cranium) down to the tailbone area (or sacrum). The role of the craniosacral system is to maintain the environment in which the central nervous system functions.  An imbalance or dysfunction in this system can cause sensory, motor and/or neurological disabilities. CranioSacral Therapy works by helping the body's natural healing mechanisms release the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system. 

Children who may benefit from CST include those with brain dysfunctions, central nervous system problems, self-regulatory and modulation difficulties, traumatic birth processes, and developmental delays, as well as various sensory disorders, including eye-motor coordination problems, autism, dyslexia, and vertigo.

CST sessions for children can last from 15-60 minutes, depending on the child's tolerance and need. The optimal result of CranioSacral Therapy is a central nervous system free of restrictions and a body that is able to return to its greatest levels of performance.

For more information about this type of therapeutic intervention and how it may benefit your child, contact the Occupational Therapy Department at the Kaufman Children's Center by phone at (248) 737-3440 or via email at jessicah@kidspeech.com or visit http://www.kidspeech.com/

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