Amelka and Paulinka - twins with autism. The first signals in the girls appeared very early. It was noticeable that the girls did not respond to their names. Their mother then began to suspect that they might have hearing problems, but a visit to an ENT specialist dispelled the doubts, the doctor said everything was fine.
The biggest surprise was that, on the one hand, the girls could not hear what their mother was saying to them, but it was noticeable that some specific sounds caused them a lot of anxiety. However, everyone assured that premature babies develop more slowly than other children and only in time will the twins "catch up" with their peers. This allowed them to remain calm, believing that everything would soon change.
The situation became more and more serious as time passed, the girls did everything more slowly and it was difficult to make contact with them. They gave the impression that they were in their own world all the time. The girls' mother was most surprised by the fact that they could stack blocks and crayons in a long row for hours. The twins enjoyed watching cartoons, but they gave the impression that they didn't understand them at all, just looked mindlessly at the flashing pictures.
When the girls' mother first came across information about autism, everything pointed to the fact that the girls might be disturbed. Although she couldn't believe it, she searched for a place to start a diagnosis and dispel doubts about what was going on with her daughters. That's when a friend came to her aid, who recommended the JiM Foundation. Specialists at the Foundation confirmed mom's worst fears, both girls had autism. After the diagnosis, the girls went to JiM kindergarten and started therapy at the Foundation.
The first effects were visible after just a few months. The breakthrough moment came when they said "mom" for the first time, at the age of 4. This event moved the woman immensely and allowed her to look to the future with optimism.
The girls have been in the Foundation's care for 3 years now. During this time they have learned to put sentences together, read their first words and respond to what someone says to them. They follow the instructions of their kindergarten teachers and even try to say rhymes and sing songs. They play together more and more often, and their games are no longer as schematic as they used to be. Now they are able to play store or doctor just like other children, and sometimes they even act out scenes from their favorite fairy tale!
The girls' mother considers the greatest success of the therapy to be the fact that the girls are becoming more independent every day. They can already dress themselves, make their own sandwiches and prepare their own drink. She is also pleased that they have learned to understand and read emotions. Most importantly, despite the difficulties, the twins are cheerful, smile a lot and look like happy siblings!
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