The results of the Alphalearning Institute treatment of our son Maarten have been so fantastic we have written the "article" following which we hope you can publish so other "braindamaged" children can also be helped.
"We've got a son -
Maarten's father tells us about an extraordinary experience he had at the Institute -
Before Maarten was treated, a video recording was made of him performing a number of simple tasks. He was to stand on one leg -
The treatment performed by the Alphalearning Institute is 'simple' -
The next part of the treatment has Maarten sitting down, connected to a light and sound "tuner" for 12 minutes, after which he has to perform some more tasks. And then, after the brain-
"With disbelief and tears in my eyes I observe Maarten getting up on his left leg at one go -
Good advice usually does not come cheap, and in this case the good advice came from the Alphalearning Institute, and Rainer Dietrich, who is a professor of pedagogy with the German Bundeswehr University in Hamburg. Both advised us to find him an international school, or a school with a staff experienced in dealing with children that have fallen behind. Slightly euphoric, the entire family starts the weekend.
On Saturday, Maarten is trying on a new pair of shoes. Carefully he takes his first steps into a new world -
On Monday there is a meeting with the management of Maupertuus, a private school in Bosch en Duin. This private school deals with children who have problems reading and writing. We tell them about our experience at the Institute, and they show a lot of interest in it. Maarten will be examined on Tuesday -
It's been three weeks now since Maarten started in his new school. He really is becoming a new child. Every morning at seven he takes a shower, which would have been totally unimaginable before the treatment.
Every week we give him some money so he can buy a book of his choice, just like the Institute advised us to do. It's happened more than once now that he started reading his book before starting his breakfast, simply because it's too exciting. He also does his homework everyday without any complaints. He even got himself a part time job assisting at a bronze foundry..
If you ask him what he wants to become, this is his reply: "I'm going to medical school", he's quite determined about that. Maarten wants to learn, to read, to grow and become something in this world.
A lot has changed in our family.
Inez de Heer Koots and Theo van der Hoeven,
Medical History of Maarten van der Hoeven
Maarten van der Hoeven was born at home at 00.20 AM on October 31, 1981. His father was still putting together the crib when his mother went into labor. The delivery went without problems and the parents were fond of their son. Maarten was much wanted and his birth was planned, even though the house was still being renovated as he was born.
The first couple of years of Maarten's life were without worries. He played among the building materials, he played with clay in his parent's art studio, and with sand in the sandbox.
Maarten's growing up was literally a matter of falling and getting up again. Two of his spills nearly made the family lose its balances. The first time was when he fell down the stairs -
Participating in the play group took some getting used to. Maarten lacked fighting spirit -
After the play group period, Maarten attended the kindergarten, and for principal reasons his parents decided to find him a Montessori school. They felt that -
Maarten was attracted by the computers standing in the school's hallway. Maarten's teachers were also surprised to see that he was not able to achieve better results. The impression that they had of him while attending classes did not agree with the grades he got.
Maarten was tested by an orthopediatrist who referred him to Professor Verdonck sr. of the University of Utrecht. The results of the tests indicated a functional disorder, a "pure image thinker". Only once in his entire career had he encountered such a case. "A remarkably intelligent child" was Professor Verdonck's comment. It was decided to do an EEG and a brain scan just to be on the safe side. Fortunately, the results were not disturbing.
After the tests, Maarten's mother trained him everyday in school. She practiced the alphabet with him by using wooden letters, the result of which was that he was more or less able to recognise 16 letters of the alphabet. Below is a summary of the treatments and schools that have been part of the life of a boy who, despite of it all, remained cheerful:
Tested by orthopediatrist Drs. Leo Blauw
Tested by Dr.Prof.Piet Verdonck, senior
Examined by neurologist Onno van Nieuwenhuizen
Attended the "Berg en Bosch" school for special education and children with chronic diseases in Bilthoven, as recommended by the orthopediatrist.
Since more children in this school suffer from dyslexia, graduating students from the University of Utrecht were supposed to come to Bilthoven to train these children. Unfortunately, financial problems blocked these plans.
After four months, the Pedological Institute (P.I.) in Amsterdam followed. This was the result of the contact between this Institute and the orthopediatrist of the Berg en Bosch school. Maarten participated in a research program developed for children with reading problems, led by Professor Bakker. Every day, Marten was trained to read in order to stimulate both the audio and the visual aspects of the left hemisphere of the brain. For this purpose, a special computer program was developed. Contact at the P.I. was Mr. J. Kappers
And finally .... repaired by the Alphalearning.