is 20 years old. She has been brain injured from 1 year old as
a result of a herpes encephalitis. Kathleen can walk, although
poorly balanced and very badly coordinated. She has no understandable
speech and suffers greatly from grand mal seizures, which occur
mostly when she is asleep - whether day or night.
began with Advance in August 2002 and has been for two assessments
since then (November 2002 and February 2003).
always felt that Kathleen's poor breathing held the key to lots
of her problems, and so the logic behind this new programme excited
us. As the programme is so gentle and the patient is so comfortable
and well positioned whilst being treated it feels so good, natural
Kathleen began this programme there has been a very noticeable
decrease in seizure frequency. Every night prior to working the
Advance programme Kathleen suffered 1-4 seizures every night,
even whilst she was having a relaxing doze in the afternoon.
It always resulted in at least one seizure - now this rarely
happens and there are nights when her sleep is seizure-free.
is also much calmer in herself. She had been very hyperactive
and there was great difficulty to have her focus on things and
events. At present Kathleen appears to be "coming out" into
the world. She is just beginning to make sense of the world and
people surrounding her. Her eye contact and attention span are
much improved and lengthened and all around Kathleen has made
many little subtle changes for the better.