Testimonials and Reviews
9 months of Sensory Enrichment therapy
Three months ago more or less, I was ready to be tortured by the argentinian army, just not to have to sit with Ariel and see how his Attention Span was limited to 1-2 seconds… After this time his gaze would get stuck at the wall in front of him. “Look at the picture!”. “Oh! Yes, yes…”, and he really made the effort, but it was useless… or at least it seemed like that at the time, but I didn’t give up.
Today it’s a different story: The whole exercise lasts a few minutes, and there’s no distraction, or almost none. He flows, engaged in the task, even though he still doesn’t like the activity finding it boring. “I don’t want to do exercises today”, he says, and I don’t give up: “It’s our job, yours and mine, and we do it every day, twice. Let’s work”.
The rewards don’t come immediately since growing time is required, but when they do… WOWOWOA, no more torture wishes. My Ariel is like red wine: Gets better and better with time. :-)
6 weeks of Sensory Enrichment therapy
So, we have been doing Mendability for about a month and a half and I see my son doing something new just about every day. We found out about Mendability because someone on Facebook liked the page. That one like has changed our entire life. This is an amazing therapy!!
4.5 months of Sensory Enrichment therapy
My son is 3.5, at 2.5 he was diagnosed as moderate to severe ASD with suspected dual diagnosis of ADHD when he’s old enough to be diagnosed.
I have been doing Mendability Sensory Enrichment Therapy with my son since April 26th 2014.
I do his exercises twice a day and utilise sensory enrichment at every given opportunity I can within the restraints of working full time and him attending preschool and daycare.
I answered a ton of questions about my son and the computer generated exercises for me, I have a coach who I speak to almost daily and he helps me by email, phone and by watching videos I send him so he can see how I am completing the required tasks so he can give me guidance.
Every few weeks I answer a ton more questions and new exercises are generated. Now I know that as I am answering these questions myself and I am not a professional, you may well have your doubts as to the scientific element to this.
These results are based on my asessment of my child since starting Mendability:
- Memory & Learning 19% now 30%
- Communication & Social Skills 28% now 43%
- Movement & Control 72% now 77%
- Mood & Behaviour 23% now 29%
- Sleeping & Feeding Habits 73% now 79%
- Senses 45% now 57%
This has been 4.5 months and in my eyes has been a great achievement. What do these figures mean to us, here are some examples.
- He has been discharged from Speech Therapy after 2 years – said around 20 words in April and no sentences, now you can’t shut him up.
- I can cut his fingers nails without a huge meltdown.
- He can sit relatively still in a restaurant and eat a meal without freaking out.
- He has only once hit his head or headbutted the floor since April and then was a high stress point when he started preschool 2 weeks ago.
- He asks questions and shows interest in others.
- He’s starting to make eye contact.
- He actively seeks hugs from family and friends.
We still have a long way to go but I am hopeful that he will be able to manage to live an independent life as an adut.
At least this therapy doesn’t have any side effects, it can be done in the comfort of home at a time that suits me, the equipment is either cheap or I have already.
This therapy has done more for my child in the past few months than I have managed to achieve with Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy in the past 2 years!
3.5 months of Sensory Enrichment therapy
We are doing very well. Bobby is doing so great and seems like a different kid since I started the program. I mentioned a while ago how well he did at our family reunion and his interactions with everybody was great. He was giving out hugs and kisses left and right and had really good eye contact with everybody. However, I did forget to mention that he took it upon himself to get involved with his cousins playing Frisbee. It was absolutely amazing and made me tear up. Shortly after he engaged in play he ended up stealing the Frisbee but its definitely a start in the right direction.
Thank you so much!
2 months of Sensory Enrichment therapy
Omar has reacted very well to all exercises, he is very cooperative. He is amazing us in such way, saying something new every day, mixing sentences and engaging and stating conversations. We can finally have a short conversation and get answers from him as well as get questions from him and see him expect an answer.
He is a lot more social, trying to interact with everyone around him.
Omar has surprised us with all his improvements, he is definitely recovering.
On other note, he is trying things like turning off the lights, he now asks for everything he wants and he adds please at the end, he asks for the car and even tells me that my car is nice hoping to make me take him to the car, he tries to praise me to get what he wants which I think is hilarious.
I could probably spend hundreds of pages describing all the new things he’s doing but all I have to say is that we love our new son, one that can look into our eyes and say I love you, make request and even joke about things, the new Omar can now understand so much and he even plays with his little brother, tells him that he loves him, the new Omar expresses the things he enjoys and that is an indescribable experience to us as parents, to see our flower finally blossom…
This has been a rough journey but we have finally arrived…
February 27, 2014
8 months of Sensory Enrichment therapy
Walter gives us more joy than we could ever return to him; he is happy, funny and smart and always ready for adventures. The entire staff, which is family and feels like family to all of us you touch, makes a huge difference in our lives and our day to day. It is wonderful and we are thankful to have you in our lives! It is allowing us to uncover the talents and joy that is Walter!
Walter is making great leaps right now and the school even told us, whatever you are doing keep doing it!! They are even interested in doing his exercises at school during his small group time! I have told them what a difference these easy to do, postive, excercises make for the children.
You have something that is so perfect, so engaging and accessible. What wonderful work you and yours do!
3 weeks of Sensory Enrichment therapy
We have been at the same dentist since he was 4 years old.
He was known for biting the most wonderful dental assistant and we had to have one hospital nurse named Jeremiah, who looks like a linebacker, to restrain him for years. It used to be awful.
But not yesterday. He had done well 6 months ago during his last visit but could not tell us about his needs and still needed myself and extra dental assistants to help him out just in case.
This time was smooth, 4 other kids were present, it was noisy, bright, his head was reclined (which he hates), dental instruments were in his mouth with various flavors and textures, so all possible triggers for a sure drama were in place, and he did amazing! He sat in chair with his sunglasses on, and took it like a pro. Seriously, when he asked for some water, and then complied with his dentist’s instructions, we were all surprised. Even his dentist said “wow, this is huge, he said what he needed, and sat there complying fully!” And he got a clean bill of health from his dentist for the third time in a row.
He was pretty proud of himself! :)
2 weeks of Sensory Enrichment therapy
Before Tommy’s regression, he used to come at the table at meal times and said: ¡Mmm, Rico! (Mmm, Delicious! [We are teaching him Spanish]). After he got hospitalized, he lost all form of communication and then began to show echolalia. We didn’t heard again this expression after the hospitalization . I completely forgot he used to do this. Suddenly today at lunch time, he came to the table and said: Mmm, Rico! while he waslooking very enthusiastic at the food.
Later in the afternoon, we were doing auditory processing activities. One of the activities is “Kiss mammy.” When I asked him “Kiss mammy.” He pushed me away. Then, I asked him again and this time, he pushed me away and said “No, No, No” while moving his index finger as a sign for NO. This was another surprise because he used to this before all his regressions. So Instead of being sad because he didn’t want to Kiss Mammy, I was happy to see him using his voice with a gesture.
In the evening, Tommy and his brother were watching a Spanish DVD. I went to the living room and I told them, it was time to eat. I turned the TV off and said: I am hungry, let’s go eat! Tommy stood up right away and walked right straight to the dinning room. He didn’t have transition problem and He showed a quick auditory response. I usually do a ritual to get him to go to the dinner table without struggles and sometimes doesn’t work. I give an auditory cue that I will turned the TV off; then, I count backwards. Turn the TV off. He fuses and then I sing or try to give him verbal cues. Buy the time we get to the table, I am exhausted. But today, it was surprising for me that I could see the change right away.
Today, I incorporated more smelling and touching into the routine. It is just easy. I keep a little jar fill with lavender epsom salt. He seems to like the smell. He even was deep breathing at noon while smelling the jar and began to laugh. So any time he is watching TV, I pass the smell close to his nose for a few seconds.
Today was a very interesting day!
2 months of Sensory Enrichment therapy
We are so excited now! Ethan has showed big improvement in the last ten days, hope that this continues. :-)
He tried and ate most of any kind of food I gave him, some he tried by himself, some I made him try and he ate after all.
He follows instructions very well and seems very active and very alert to things around him.
He seems to be a different boy!
After 2 months of Sensory Enrichment
We have two beautiful boys who have autism. Matthew is 11 and Zachary is 13.
For the past 10 years we have been on a journey for anything that would help them succeed. I have had them on every diet you could imagine plus supplements. I can’t even begin to tell you how many supplements they were taking on a daily basis. No improvement.
They were in private occupational therapy. No improvement. Matthew (who is non-verbal) became violent and we tried everything therapists told us to calm him down. No improvement.
We had nowhere to turn.
My husband searched on the internet once again and came across an article on sensory enrichment therapy. Then we found Mendability. Just reading the home page on the Mendability website made so much sense to me. They were talking about the “brain” and the “senses” and how to reach anyone with autism.
We figured we had nothing to lose and signed the boys up. We saw results within 4 days. Meltdowns that lasted for over a 1/2 hour now at most last a minute or two. We have many days when there aren’t any meltdowns!
The exercises work and best of all no side effects! No pills to swallow.
We didn’t know what to do before we found Mendability, now we cannot imagine life without it. With Mendability our boy’s futures are looking bright!
– Tina & Dieter Leprich
Concluding Remarks of a Review Paper on Mendability by a Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Student
Mendability is especially great for families who cannot access proper autism treatment either because they live too far away, or because of cost. With the rising cost of autism treatment, Mendability’s sensory enrichment therapy offers an affordable option (price list attached). Each of the activities can be done in just a few minutes, two or three times every day in the child’s home. There is no expensive equipment to buy or potentially dangerous medications to take, therefore there is very little risk. If the child is fortunate enough to have access to professional therapy, the Mendability team encourages parents to use this program as a strong complementary intervention along with standard autism care.
The team at Mendability is always willing to help, whether it be through personal bi-weekly telephone calls to each parent to make sure they are on the right track, or through support via online progress journals. Parents are encouraged to call the experts at Mendability with even the smallest of questions. Mendability’s small company size and brand new program allow the user to take full advantage of their exceptional customer service. The Mendability staff is fully committed to each child’s success as well as to the success of the program.
Although the limited research behind the efficacy of this program is concerning, the abundance of research supporting the theories it is based on is reassuring. At the conclusion of the 6-month study on the effects of Mendability’s sensory enrichment therapy, an impressive 69% of parents in the enriched group reported marked improvement in their child. The Mendability team is fully aware that no child with autism is alike, and as with any intervention, Mendability may be effective for some, but not all.
Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Student
After 5 weeks of Sensory Enrichment
Both boys started to have increased eye contact, awareness, joint attention, and both were trying to talk more during the 2nd week.
My 3yr old, Andy, started using his utensils more easily during the 2nd week. He was also saying more words.
He and his 5 yr old brother, Alex, started interacting more.
At school, 2 diff teachers commented on how much Andy has changed. Andy is responding to his name now, better eye contact, and interacting with his classmates.
Claudie had mentioned that some adults who have done mendability in the past notice increased visual acuity or sharpness. I took a video of Andy during the 2nd week & noticed while watching it that he blinked his eyes twice as if to focus better or something seemed bright.
The boys were leaving Alex’s OT and Alex always walks more slowly than Andy and his babysitter, Z. Z was joking to Alex, “If you don’t hurry up, we’re going to leave you here”. Andy babbled a complaint (as if to say we can’t leave him!), got in front of Z, pushed her, then went back to Alex, held his hand and they walked together. I have never seen Andy do anything like that for Alex.
Even though Alex is more impacted by autism (flapping objects, jumping & nonverbal, poor motor planning – delayed in gross/fine motor), he is pretty mellow and has tried to comfort or defend Andy in the past.
During the 2nd week, Alex started speaking more spontaneously. “I want bagel” (when I gave him oatmeal). What??! I had to give him bread since we didnt’ have bagels.
One day he got on the elliptical machine and tried to do it – took the remote from the cupholder and turned on the tv with the remote!
Alex and Andy push each other a little more these days – some brotherly fighting.
During Wk 3 I noticed that Alex started building the faces on the iPad app, Elmo’s Monster Maker. In the past, he would always pick the monster but never put eyes, nose, or a hat on it.
Wk 4 I saw Alex trying to play with a typical girl at the park.
When one begins Mendability, an emotional storm of sorts typically occurs during the first week. I think my boys’ storms started around Day 6 or 7. My 5 yr old became a little more stimmy and started having a lot of pee accidents – which lasted about a week. The pee accidents are better and almost gone (starting Week 4) . My 3 yr old became very emotionally labile – crying one minute, laughing the next. He was extremely sensitive and had a lot of outbursts. His storm got better near the end of the 2nd week.
I felt like the boys were doing a lot the 2nd week – then it seemed like into the 3rd & 4th week there weren’t as many changes (more subtle changes). They both almost seemed to have another mini storm.
During this Week (5), the boys seem to be doing more again – more language – but a lot is going on – they are sleeping less; only 9 hrs at night.
After 2 weeks of Sensory Enrichment
Very excited about getting a new worksheet tomorrow. In only two weeks, we have seen amazing changes in Ruth! — Words she previously could not pronounce are now clear and fluent.; her anxiety has decreased dramatically; she is sleeping more restfully; noises that previously were distressing to her now don’t get noticed. Thank you, Mendability team! My beautiful daughter *is* going to be able to achieve her potential because of this program.
Update on May 27, 2013
After 5 months of Sensory Enrichment Therapy
My daughter & I were at a conference this weekend with women who haven’t seen her since before we began her program in January. I lost count of how many comments I heard about her improved skills, confidence, lack of anxiety, &c., &c. Most importantly, she was able to connect and spend long periods of time with young women her own age. She’s never, **never** been able successfully to socialize with people her own age before. In the past, girls especially, were always either very kind and patronizing or ignored her completely. This weekend, people often sought her out just to spend time talking with her.
I’ve recommended Mendability to *so* many people. The retired special ed teacher in me gets so frustrated when some of these parents aren’t willing to do a little work to help their kids succeed. Congratulations to the parents on this site who *are* willing to put yourselves out for the sake of your child(ren)’s future.
May 26, 2013
After 9 months of Sensory Enrichment Therapy
I am so glad to see these very positive acknowledgements of the therapy. I am not in doubt that it works, I have seen it on my own son.
This came at a perfect time, as I am trying to spread the word in Denmark. Unfortunately most danes have a firm belief in the state and the school system and expect them to do all the work which of course is not possible. I need to get a couple of parents to start up and then I am sure it will spread quickly. Parents must be asked to take a responsibility and realize that this is not time consuming or difficult and really worth it.
May 21, 2013
After 1 month of Sensory Enrichment Therapy
I have had so much going on recently that I haven’t written a post about the new treatment Cade has been on for the past month. I began the Mendability exercises with him the evening of Friday, April 19. We began to see predicted changes on Sunday, the 21st. Yes, it works that quickly. Since those first few days, Cade’s behaviors have improved and changed ACROSS THE BOARD in ways that seem miraculous. There has never been a month in my life when my head has snapped around more often.
I believe Mendability is the future of autism therapy. Here, finally, is the SCIENCE that eventually will force the arrogant ABA-only community to admit that there is another valid treatment.
While I have been rushing around, working full-time, taking care of my school issues, getting Cade placed in his new therapy center–another gigantic piece of news–and doing the Mendability exercises with him every day, the science of Mendability has been in clinical trial at UC Irvine, where the most progressive methods of autism therapy are researched, developed and tested. Now the results of the first study are published, so you can read them for yourself!
Mendability is based on the concept of neuroplasticity, that the brain can be altered in structure and function by external input (Cade’s supplement program that produced such amazing results is based on that same concept). Mendability causes changes in the brain–the formation of new neural pathways that autistic children’s brains do not form naturally–by way of very simple physical activities that take a total of about twenty minutes a day, are done at home (or at school, or anywhere), and can easily be performed by any caregiver or even a typical child.
Autistic children have what are called “sensory integration” issues: their faulty central nervous system causes confusion in their processing of sensory data, and that has a profound and pervasive effect on their behavior. The Mendability exercises cause the brain to form associations between various sensory stimuli, generating a multitude of new neural connections, which the brain then makes use of in myriad ways. The resulting behavioral changes are staggering.
The execution of this highly sophisticated, ground-breaking therapy is as simple as it sounds: the correct combinations of sensory input cause autistic children’s brains to function in a more typical way. Congratulations and thanks to the developers of this amazing therapy that has already changed Cade’s life.”
Update on May 22, 2013
After 1 month of Sensory Enrichment Therapy
In addition to words coming more readily to him and reading skills markedly improving–as witnessed by us and reported by his speech and ABA therapists–Cade has been calmer and more focused, and he has exhibited the following new behaviors: cleaning up after himself (spills), putting his toys back in his room, unpacking on arrival somewhere, combing his hair, saying one of the cats’ names, and urinating standing up!
And once, when he and Dick were temporarily locked out of the front door, Cade ran to the back yard and crawled through the dog door. He also has figured out a number of things in the house, how to do or accomplish things he didn’t know before.
It seems like there’s a change every couple of days.
Update on May 22, 2013
After 1 month of Sensory Enrichment Therapy
Yet another great thing about the program is that it’s clear that Cade is happy with his progress. He knows he’s getting better.
I carry the items we need for the exercises around in a big striped bag. We got home last weekend and I wasn’t going to bring it in right away, because my hands were full; but Cade would not leave that bag in the car! He gently pushed me out of the way and took it out and carried it in himself.
He knows that what’s in that bag is helping him.
After 3 months of Sensory Enrichment Therapy
Today my 8 year old son who’s been doing the program for only the last week had a math test that was primarily word problems. Because of his language issues, he usually fails these tests, but we got his daily report back from his one-on-one that she thought he did great on his test! Could we actually be seeing results like this from the program this quickly? I’ve also noticed that my younger son, who’s 7, and usually runs to his father for everything, is interacting with me more, seems to be “flapping” less, and is coming to me to ask for the “smelling” games. Really interesting stuff for the first full week. Do other parents see changes this fast, or are we seeing things that aren’t really there?
After 2 months of Sensory Enrichment Therapy
Hi! I just wanted to tell you that this is really working!
My toddler has started using functional language! Apparently this is great news as it is years ahead of what is typical for kids with his condition. His cognition has improved, his motor skills are getting way better, he is finally starting to climb and point and wave and able to copy signs. He is even doing stages now that he missed as a baby, for instance he never “mouthed” anything, and now he is in catch up mode.
He has been blossoming intensely, really catching up at a faster rate. He has not caught up to his age group (we have been at this somewhat haphazardly for only about 4 months) but he has certainly picked up some pace. He is really blossoming. Like really, opening up, being more receptive to the world and connecting with it. It is such a wonderful thing to see and we are so happy.
Thank you for this most wonderful Christmas gift! A few months ago we were just devastated thinking that his outcome was not going to be good. Now we have SO much hope! :-)
December 2, 2009
After 9 months of Sensory Enrichment Therapy
I just wanted to let you know that for the past 1/2 hour (while the busy carpenter walked in and out of the front door about a dozen times cutting trim for the bedroom and then putting it up) Kayla sat in the living room floor with 2 of her baby dolls, a couple of stuffed animals, a v-tech learning toy that plays music and a motorcycle toy belonging to her brother. She spent the time making her doll babies ride the motorcycle and together ride on the back of a stuffed iguana.
Then the dolls danced to the music from the v-tech toy with her leap pad frog, Tad. She has been so busy and came to get me because she wanted both dolls to ride on something so she needed an extra pair of hands. She has never, ever played so imaginatively with soooo many toys like this…and to be so content for that amount of time. Honestly, I have accomplished nothing because I couldn’t stop standing in the doorway out of her direct siight just to watch. I’m amazed.
That little girl sitting in the floor with her toys…to busy to be distracted by people coming and going…was pretending and playing like any typical 8 year old!!! I think we’ve climbed the top of the mountain and can see the amazing things that are on the other side!
I thought you would want to see this email. I told the teacher that he had had a wonderful weekend and he is drawing on everything. I mean everything and with everything. I spent 4 hours cleaning the walls in my house just to clean them and when I was done, I must have made a pretty enticing canvas, because he got out a pencil and drew all over the walls with two colours. And it took another 4 or more hours of cleaning. (he was quiet and happy, he was chatting away for 10 minutes and the other kids were with him and they never said anything. He tries to colour with his food on everything. We allow him to sit at the table and do that if he wants, but not on other surfaces (and he actually listens…he is starting to get boundaries).
Oh…he is toilet trained during the day for #1 but not for #2 (as is natural with toilet training). He had an accident with #2 and he actually looked embarrassed (how great is that……I got to tell him that it is okay, he is only learning and everyone goes through that and he was fine to go to the bathroom and get cleaned up)…..
Have a great day.
I just came to the computer to tell you what a great day we’ve had so far….
This morning, he was so focussed! He worked on some fine motor tasks – drawing lines, copying Vanessa while she modelled – straight lines / / / / , wavy lines, curls, he did great! We had a music concert after recess, he sat and enjoyed it the whole time!
At lunch recess, I was outside and went to him, and said, “Angus, would you like to play with a friend? He stared into my eyes, and then I rephrased – show me who you want to play with… he pointed at the hill – I said one child’s name, he shook his head, but persisted toward the hill – I said “Jarod? Would you like to play with Jarod?” So he walked up to Jarod, pointing at him, but unfortunately Jarod was too busy digging a hole to play (Aargh!), and Angus didn’t seem to want to sit in the dirt and dig – but then, Vanessa came up and said “I’d like to play!”, and so she said “come on, Angus”, and she ran down the hill – he processed for a minute, then started smiling and followed her down – they lauged and ran around together for the rest of recess – they played so nicely! It was so nice to see him initating play in his own way – wonderful!!
It’s still early, but the way today is going sofar is much like the first week of school – he is so focussed!
Have a great evening!
Have a great weekend!
I was really excited this morning. I was looking at my daughters school work and noticed that she has neater printing and I complimented her on her neat work. She said yes, I like how I write my A’s now. THen she said how her english teacher told her her spelling is getting better. I was so happy to see the progress she is having. She was also happy to see that all the games we do are actually helping her. It makes both of us feel hopeful for her future.
November 29, 2012
After 2 months of Sensory Enrichment Therapy
There is a difference, and I like it. We are not good at being very consistant at our program. We are doing the program for us. It is to help with A.D.D., Depression, anxiety, and preventative dementia.
Just recently we lagged on our excersises, and I could tell a huge difference in everything, foggy brain, no motivation, tired, etc. Then three days ago, we got back on track and almost immediatly we could tell how much better we felt. We get up in the morning without too much of a problem, and we just feel better. I felt almost excited about getting things done today, which I haven’t felt for a long time. We don’t always do every excersise, but we are faithful at doing the main core one.
God bless you and your work here!
In June 2008, I contacted the mother of one of our graduates to ask her if she would be OK if I used their family’s example as a testimonial for Sensory Enrichment Therapy.
Their family is the typical example of how Love and a stress-free cocooned environment, combined with gentle enrichment can help any brain blossom.
Sherri’s son, Justin, was born with Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD). Prior to using sensory enrichment therapy, Justin was difficult to take into public places and had a hard time managing sensory input.
After sensory enrichment therapy, Justin is living a happier, calmer life. Sherri describes this as doing “what regular families do.”
Ariyanna was diagnosed at the age of 26 months with a development delay, which later placed her on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her verbal communication was extremely limited, she found no interest in play or interaction with the family members or children her age. She had serious behavior issues, the most two involving for herself and her family was her inability to sleep or fall asleep and long and loud tantrums. Mum described her to me as being locked in her own world and showing tremendous frustrations all day long.
Mum and Dad did many treatments with her, including the Tomatis method, biochemical treatments, neurofeedback. One day mum phoned me. She seemed really tired and desperate for help. With her levels of stress and anxiety I did not think it was a good time for her to jump into Sensory Enrichment Therapy. I sent her a DVD I made of all the video interviews Claudie Gordon-Pomares had done with Dana Gorman of Thriiive and asked her to start by following the suggestions Claudie makes in them and to do the routines she describes.
Several weeks later, Mum phoned, exhilarated. She was ready to start Sensory Enrichment Therapy.
Ariyanna got the custom programme. This video was taken by me of the parents after their first 6 months of Sensory Enrichment Therapy.
I found an old video I made for a symposium in 2000. It was a big event, sponsored by Nestlé, with big scientists like Michael Leon, Jon Horvitz, Michael Meaney and others coming to Calgary to share their latest findings on brain plasticity and sensory stimulation (now called environment enrichment in the world of research).
I made it to send to the media, for them to watch and want to cover the event.
Every time I watch it makes me cry. I hope it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy too.