Read other personal journeys and what they have to say about Adele, MNRI® Specialist
My 9 year old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD in 2014. Our family spent a year with our daughter on medication which we found to be like “going down a rabbit hole.” She woke up taking medicine, we needed medicine in the afternoon to get through homework and then another medicine to get to sleep at night. Then there were the various dosages and trying to get it right while using her as a Guinea pig in the process. Instinctively, I knew this wasn’t a long term solution and that this certainly wouldn’t be a true fix for the issues she was having. Through the child psychologist that had done her testing for ADHD, we were able to find a holistic pediatric MD who referred us to Adele and described the tremendous changes that she had seen in some of her patients. We took our daughter there about 6 months ago and the changes we have seen have been extraordinary. She was able to finish her 3rd grade year without medication and with very good grades. She typically saw Adele weekly for a one hour session. She enjoyed going and looked forward to her time. We also did our part at home with her movements done in the morning and at bedtime. Slowly but surely, we were noticing changes taking effect. Her focus was changing in the classroom and at home. Her personality had not changed, but her ability to be with herself had. She is still a work in progress. We have had some major family changes take place and the work with Adele has been a blessing. We are extremely grateful for her talent and care and love that she shows our daughter.
In April 2018 our twelve-year old daughter Megan was diagnosed with scoliosis. Her pediatrician referred her for an x-ray which indicated the curvature to be at 13 degrees. At this number, she was not a candidate for a brace (thank goodness) and we were told to “wait and see” if, when or how it progressed. On 10/8/18, she was seen for a follow up x-ray which indicated that the curvature had progressed to 25 degrees. Due to the progression, we were referred to a pediatric orthopedic specialist to discuss treatment options. We were scheduled to see him at the end of the month 10/31/18.
Shortly after being referred to see a pediatric orthopedic specialist, we had a conversation with my sister in law, an Occupational Therapist. She had told us that one of the causes of idiopathic scoliosis can be unintegrated reflexes and that I might want to investigate MNRI. She had researched that there was a practitioner in the Charlotte area. I called Adele as soon as I hung up the phone and scheduled an orientation for the following week.
As soon as we left the orientation with Adele (10/16/18), we knew we were going to try MNRI as another option/treatment other than Megan having to wear a brace. We went the following week (10/23/18) for an evaluation with Adele. It was amazing to see first-hand and listen to Adele explain the areas in which her reflexes were not integrated. Based on the evaluation, Adele gave us exercises to do at home. We did the exercises 4 times that week and went to see Adele the following week (10/30/18). She gave us a few new exercises to add to the program which we continued to do throughout the week.
On 10/31/18 we saw the orthopedic specialist and he recommended that Megan wear a nighttime brace because she had not finished her “growth spurt” and the curvature of her spine was likely to progress. The purpose of the brace was to help stop progression and hopefully avoid future surgery. Of course, there were no guarantees. We did decide to move forward and get the brace “just in case” MNRI did not work. We were told that there is no cure for scoliosis; the objective is to stop progression and avoid surgery. Megan got her brace on 11/16/18.
We saw Adele for two more sessions prior to going back on 12/7/18 to see the Pediatric Orthopedic Specialist. An x-ray was taken to confirm that the brace was holding Megan’s spine in the correct position. We asked if they could also take an x-ray without the brace so that we could determine if there had been changes to the curvature from what we had been doing with MNRI. When the ortho specialist came in he said, “the curvature is 13 degrees”. It had gone from 25 degrees to 13 degrees after only 4 sessions with Adele!!! Even the doctor was surprised at the regression in the curve. He asked us what we had been doing, took notes and asked how often we were doing MNRI. He told us to continue doing what we were doing because the results and change in her spine could not be attributed to the brace as she hadn’t been wearing the brace long enough and was still in the “break in period” (only wearing for brief period at night). He even said that with the reduction in the curvature, the possibility of surgery was “off the table”. To say we were ecstatic is an understatement. We feel beyond blessed that Adele came into our lives and with the results we have seen with MNRI. We have continued to go for biweekly sessions to keep up with the program Adele gives us for home. We would recommend Adele and MNRI to anyone!!!
My son has been seeing Adele for several months and the changes have been wonderful. She has helped him with everything from sports to anxiety. We have noticed an improvement in so many areas of his life. She is fantastic.
My daughter is now fourteen years old. She was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder when she was 4 years old, and she received treatment for that from an occupational therapist for six months. We were then told that she was fine. She went to kindergarten and was getting called to the principal’s office for behavior and also having learning challenges. We took her to a child psychologist where we tried to help her without medication. This went on for about six months. We were then told by the psychologist that we needed to put her on medication for ADHD. She had also been evaluated by the school psychologist in Kindergarten, and we were told she had ADHD and ODD. So she started first grade on medication and continued to take medication until the beginning of seventh grade. At that point she was seeing Dr. Lyon, an alternative chiropractor. After seeing him for a few months, she stopped taking the medicine. There were still learning issues, and the summer between 7th & 8th grade, she started an intensive program at Huntington Learning Center. She was at that point five years behind academically. She was still having behavior issues. She started with Adele in October. At that point I did not know what to do. She was getting in trouble at school and showing aggressive behavior. I really did not want to put her back on the medication.
Adele came highly recommended from many people. On our first visit, Adele did an exam and then explained why she was having the issues that she was. Suddenly, the light bulbs went off in my head and everything started to make sense. And I mean everything… because these issues had started since she was a baby. I trusted the process that if I did the exercises with my daughter and she did hers on her own, that things would get better. And sure enough, so much has changed. Things that I hadn’t even expected to change.
- Anxiety way down
- Aggressive behavior way down
- Smiling and happy way up
- Feeling at peace
- Much better focus and concentration. Last week she sat for 40 minutes reading a book for school. And that was after working on a project. This has never happened.
- Showing love and respect
- Was always extremely bad at directions, but now she is telling me which way to go. This has been a huge shock!
- Getting along well with adults that had in the past bothered her
- Has been swimming the past few months on the swim team, and has been dedicated and focused, striving to give her best.
- She has started to see that she has the ability to make changes in her life, and she can be reasoned with
It was very important to us to find just the right person for our daughter to ensure her ability to succeed with “therapy”. We heard so many positive things about Adele we felt we must give her a try. Adele has been outstanding! The first time she walked out of her introductory appointment she said “mom that wasn’t therapy that was fun!” In only a few short months we have seen changes in our daughter and her ability to communicate her concerns and ability to overcome her fears. She is becoming more confident every day. She has embraced the skills we are learning, has even changed her ipod screen saver to be the cover page of the youtube link for the music we play while doing our routine therapy at home. She is so relaxed after the sessions and always says she feels so good. She looks forward to every session. And that’s all a mother could ever ask for!
In searching for ways to help our children and family, we feel blessed to have crossed paths with Adele. Her therapeutic approach incorporates body work and exercises involving specific movements aimed at increasing brain function and new neural pathways. Instead of trying to find ways to “fix” the problem, Adele works to find the root of the concern and build a stronger foundation. Adele was easily able to establish rapport with our daughter and has since developed a trusting relationship with her. Adele has also taken the time to provide parental education, focusing on ways in which we can not only help our daughter, but also help ourselves and the rest of our family.
“When I first started going I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. But then I realized I really liked it because it made me feel happier and more relaxed. I looked forward to getting to spend an hour with Adele.” Age 11
My daughter was diagnosed with SPD at age 9. She did OT for about a year and we saw some improvement but I knew we still had a long way to go. And then I read about Adele on a local mommy blog. I decided to give it a try since I was still searching for more solutions and relief for my daughter. We started seeing Adele in December of 2014. I instantly felt a connection with her. She was able to assess and explains things about SPD that no one else was able to do. She also empowers the parents to be able to do the exercises at home. After only a year and a half, my daughter is a new person! Her SPD is under control, which means way less anxiety for her and she is in more control of her emotions. I am truly filled with gratitude every day for the work that Adele does. I know we would not be where we are today without her and the techniques she uses!
It’s like the lights have come on for our son and I am so very happy. The changes my husband and I are seeing are nothing short of amazing! His confidence, speech, connections, and strength are amazing us. Today he did 7 of the cross patterning exercises – LIFTING and touching the knees with the opposite hand – when he started four weeks ago he couldn’t even cross sitting down. He woke up Saturday morning and got a notebook and started copying words from flashcards onto his paper. He is trying to read when we read at night and he is “reading” to me and it all makes sense. He is able to fill in the blanks when I read and predict words. He sat down and was drawing Saturday night with detail and he goes to get up and says “Mom, I think you are going to love this.” He is singing songs he learned in school, with more ease than ever…before it would be a jumbled mess.
I am SO very thankful for you, you just can not imagine how much joy I have in my heart right now. I think his almost two years of OT definitely helped him, but I wonder if we had done these exercises two years ago we would’ve seen these results and spared ourselves hours of driving to and from OT and of course all the money?