As a special needs teacher and parent of two young children, I am ecstatic about Yvette Halpin's remedial work. Through extensive testing, Yvette determined that my six-year-old daughter's vestibular system wasn't maturing naturally.
Until we took her to Yvette, she seemed behind other children her age but it was impossible to pinpoint what was lagging. Her father and I had tried everything to help her along: we respected rhythms, spent most of our time outside, followed Simplicity Parenting methods and yet, our daughter didn't seem to be the master of her own body. Was it the difficult childbirth or maybe a vaccine? I'm certain I thought of every explanation and often let guilt take me for a ride. I even wondered if she would become one of my many students who were unable to process, decode, and retain information. Our search for answers led us to Yvette's innovative remedial work, which we've followed methodically to establish the series of connections in the brain that are required for higher learning. It is a large investment of time but I can say with certainty that in six months our daughter's progress has been considerable. Our daughter was anti-social, extremely sensitive to sound and change, choleric, and never seemed perfectly comfortable. Once we started the exercises, the inexplicable tantrums ceased, she would speak with strangers, and was so much calmer then she had ever been. She would flow easily between activities and didn't panic when things were unfamiliar. She was much more courageous and curious. Then her language changed and she could say a few sentences without stopping or hesitating. She didn't need us to repeat so much and she suddenly became much more coordinated.
Also, she stopped fidgeting and her attention span lengthened. Most importantly for me, I felt that I was able to bond with her - something that had always been a little off. Even though I had been at home with her for five years, I always felt that I couldn't connect with her - she didn't seem fully present as she was, we now realize, struggling to understand her environment and what she was perceiving as reality. Her shift in perception was amazing and has brought us closer. It has also helped her to start locating her body in space and to manoeuvre it more easily. Of course, we still have much work to do, but to see the beginnings of the reversal of an imminent learning disability is very encouraging.
We are very grateful for Yvette's kind approach, vast knowledge of child development and neurological remediation. Her experience in the Steiner pedagogy certainly shines through in her work and serves as an anchor for struggling children. It is, I am certain, the future of education.