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“At four months of age, Ruby was diagnosed as hypotonic, and an MRI two months later showed microcephaly (an abnormally small head) and Leukoencephalopathy (decreased white matter in the brain).

In the ensuing months and years, we have pursued numerous neurological, ophthalmological, physical, and genetic evaluations and tests. The doctors have not yet provided a definitive answer as to the cause of Ruby’s delays and impairments, though she did receive a recent diagnosis of hypotonic cerebral palsy from a neurologist.

In order to help Ruby advance and build up her strength, we enrolled her into Senses In Motion with René Manker. She receives the Anat Baniel Method (ABM) of therapy. This therapy treats Ruby’s whole body as an interconnected system and incorporates the brain to stimulate new learning.

Due to ABM therapy, Ruby has grown much more adept at engaging with the world around her and more purposeful in her exploration of it. Her skills have grown, along with her comfort.

This kind of therapy is not covered by insurance, so René recommended that we apply for a scholarship through Family Hope Foundation. With a scholarship, Ruby was able to continue to receive therapy and some of the financial burden was lifted off of us.”

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