MOM IS EMPOWERED BY DR. UPLEDGER AND HELPS HER SON SPEAK
Travis Stern was one of 2 children treated by Dr. John Upledger and Dr. Lisa Upledger at the Medical Massage Symposium in Kerhonkson, NY in November, 2005. Travis is a 3 year old child who was speech delayed saying only one or 2 words when his mother, Deidra Stern, took an Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy (CST) workshop with CranioSacral therapist, Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, at Well On The Way™, at the Ossining, NY location.
After the class, Deidra brought Travis to Elizabeth for an evaluation. Elizabeth found some severe restrictions in Travis’ cranial membranes. Elizabeth suggested Deidra take Travis to the medical massage conference and be treated by the Upledgers as part of the seminar. It is now 2-1/2 months later and Travis’ speech has very much improved, according to his mother. He is able to say his colors, count to six, and ask for what he wants.
“I’m really thrilled that I had the opportunity to take the Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy workshop with Elizabeth Pasquale and meet Dr. Upledger at the Medical Massage Symposium. I have seen tremendous improvement in Travis since I took the course and have been working on him about 5 nights a week. I read to him in my bed until he falls asleep. Then I sit in a chair beside the bed and do the cranial work I learned in the workshop. I hope to take more courses in CST”, says Travis’ mom, Deidra.
“I was a bit surprised that Deidra emphasized the course she had taken with me as being such an important part of Travis’ improvement. Deidra is empowered in her son’s intervention, rather than feeling frustrated, as so many parents feel,” says Elizabeth Pasquale. “It was very rewarding for me to hear her voice this. I didn’t know she had been working on Travis so diligently. Deidra is an office manager in a dental office and with this one workshop, she feels confident to make a difference in her son’s life. This is exactly what Dr. Upledger had in mind when he designed the workshop more than 20 years ago. Bravo!”
The course she is referring to is Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy, a 2 day workshop Elizabeth Pasquale is certified by the Upledger Institute to present. This workshop is designed for the manual therapy practitioner to get a feel for CranioSacral Therapy before committing to a longer program of study. It has proven to be great for the lay person to feel the cranial rhythm and to learn a few simple techniques to relieve stress and enhance cerebro spinal fluid flow and brain function.
“Participants of recent classes have been divided pretty evenly between concerned parents of children with special needs and the professionals”, says Elizabeth. “We tailor the class to the needs of the individuals who make the commitment to show up. We’ve gotten excellent reviews from everyone so far. We use super-learning techniques and present the material in many different ways so no matter what type of learner you are, you’ll be able to understand and put these techniques into practice right away.”
For more information and upcoming classes, check the website wellontheway.org or call 914-762-4693.