With our second son on our way very soon (Dec. 28), Jen and I find ourselves wondering how Barron is going to respond to the new addition. He doesn't seem to understand what this is all about although he does give Jen some pretty curious looks. What has been quite interesting is the baby's reaction to Barron - whenever Barron sits next to Jen, the baby shifts over to get close to Barron!
We have started using a neurofeedback system with Barron called LENS (Low energy neurofeedback system). This is a passive neurofeedback that allows us to map out Barron's brainwave profile and then modify it using gentle electromagnetic pulses from the equipment. These pulses are mirrors of Barron's brainwave patterns which has the effect of helping the brain re-regulate it's output.
So far, we've been very pleased with his progress which has further increased his focus, spontaneous play, make eye contact and interest in social interaction. He does protest getting "hooked up" but he doesn't fight it and often in the middle of the treatment he calms right down. His sense of humor has also bumped right up as well which has been a real hoot to experience.
Others have noticed the difference as well, which is always a good sign. We decided to not tell his therapists to see if they noticed a difference. After 15 minutes with him they looked at Jen and said "OK, what are you doing now!". We have only touched the tip of the iceberg with this modality so we're excited to see what kind of a difference it will make with Barron and the others we are working on with it.
People ask if Barron is looking forward to Christmas presents. Interestingly enough, he's more interested in the family, food and music than those boxes under the tree - maybe he's got the right idea...
Wishing all of you the best the season has to offer!