We came to Marmaris last April and enjoyed two weeks of therapy for our daughter Maya, along with our Son Max.
Maya has progressed a little since we last saw you. At the age of eight now, she’s reduced to a ‘three-session week’ timetable at school. This allows her to sleep and eat as required and then attend school for a 1.5hr session, being taken in by Marzena or me in our car…she’s fuelled, ready-to-go and thoroughly enjoys it. Previously, Maya had to endure a 1¼ hour school bus journey in rush-hour twice a day, five days a week…with inadequate facilities to sleep/rest/eat at school…she was typically ill for the first and last week of each half-term. Now, Maya’s ‘well-being’ is high – she is able to get through the day at her pace and enjoy it and hasn’t really been out-of-action at all since!
Maya is far more ‘conscious’ at present – very happy to engage with eye contact, laughter/smiles – totally aware of what’s going on around her…and her body is far stronger – she is able to sit up well and walk (with full assistance) for some considerable distance now. We’ve yet to have any speech but Maya shows clear signs of wanting to talk and communicate her thoughts that way – that day will come.
The family remain well. Max (now five) is thoroughly thriving at school and has totally come out of his shell since our trip to see you all. We believe that a combination of his interaction with the dolphins and, in particular, the amazing hippotherapy in the mountains literally transformed him from a hesitant, anxious and at times quite insular boy (apparently classic symptoms of a sibling of a disabled child) to a lively, talkative, imaginative, engaged, inquisitive young lad whose progress has been praised at school – a fantastic by-product of a trip that was essentially focused on Maya’s well-being – thank you for allowing him to ‘take part’!
I have complete faith in our work with Maya – we’ll keep her on the best-path, allowing her to realise her true potential and no one knows exactly what that will be…we just take each day as it comes and thank your team for their part in the process.
Please pass on our sincere thanks to all the professionals involved – we may well be able to see you again one day!
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