CNNH Stories: Stanley, Stephon, and Karyn

Hear the stories of brothers Stanley and Stephon, and how coming to CNNH helped them manage their challenging behaviors at home and at school. Now both boys are doing extremely well. Stanley was the first student with autism to join the high school swimming team which captured the hearts of his community and inspired press coverage and the formation of special needs sports programs. Both boys have since medaled at the Special Olympics!

CNNH Stories: Maryanne

With two children on the autism spectrum, Maryanne shares how hectic life was before she found CNNH.

Maryanne and her family found relief through the collaborative model of care provided at CNNH. Everything she needed was in one location and the medical practitioner and therapists worked together to find a treatment protocol that worked for each of her children.

Maryanne also found community at CNNH, seeing neighbors and friends she had referred in the waiting room before and after her children’s appointments.

CNNH Stories: George R.

When George started having seizures – daily – at age 11, his mother knew she needed specialized medical care to address his issues. She was referred to Dr. Mark Mintz and, from that point forward, she felt like she was no longer alone in their journey. Eighteen years later, George remains seizure-free.

In this video, hear George and his mother, Maureen, explain how the personalized and compassionate care they received at CNNH contributed to a quality of life for George and peace of mind for Maureen.

CNNH Stories: Evan H

When Evan’s son, Christopher, was born with multiple health issues, she felt that something wasn’t quite right. While he was eventually diagnosed with autism, she felt like there were other symptoms that did not quite fit his diagnosis. She could not get answers to her questions… until she came to CNNH NeuroHealth.

At CNNH, Christopher benefitted from “precision” or “personalized” medicine where the integrative clinical team – including a neurologist, genetics physician and behavior analyst – evaluated him separate from his diagnosis.

In this video, hear Evan explain how the clinical team’s “inquisitive refusal to give up” revealed new information about her son’s diagnosis and opened up treatment options for Christopher!

CNNH Stories: Teresa

Teresa’s son was having significant behavioral issues at preschool to the point that she went through 3 different preschools in 3 months. At CNNH, the neurologist and the neuropsychologist were able to put “both pieces of the puzzle together”. Hear in Teresa’s own words about her experience at CNNH from her perspective as a working family physician.

CNNH Stories: Karen

Karen, a mother of a son with autism, describes her long, frustrating and confusing journey trying to find answers for her child’s struggles at home and at school. After years of not being listened to by doctors and schools, she came to CNNH where she was finally able to receive a definitive diagnosis, effective treatment plan, and coordinated follow-up care.

CNNH Stories: Jamie

“When my son Jamie entered sixth grade – middle school – things sort of fell apart. I knew something was wrong but I didn’t know what it was or what to do about it.

We tried going to several professionals, but without any progress or improvement. I asked my pediatrician what I should do, and they recommended CNNH. After performing comprehensive neurological and neuropsychological evaluations, the CNNH professional team “peeled back the layers” until they found what was causing my son’s distress. Using information they obtained from my son’s medical history, learning and thinking styles, and specialized brain and genetic testing, the CNNH team was able to “think outside the box” and prescribe a comprehensive treatment plan that really works, both at home and in school!

In addition, they found that anxiety in our family was not just a psychological problem, but had neurological and genetic causes that were treatable. Thus, the visit for my son also changed and dramatically improved my daughter’s and my life!”

CNNH Stories: Michael

“Michael was placed into our home at the age of 2 months old and by 2 years old was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder. At 8 years old medications he began medications and at 13 he was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. That year was horrific for all of us, but for Michael it was heartbreaking. We went through many doctor appointments, interventions, meds, programs, and spending many, many days and nights in the crisis unit at the hospital, battling insurance coverage to get him real help and literally begging anyone and everyone to help him. Then he had a complete psychotic break and was in the hospital for a month. There are not words to describe the hell he lived in at that time… Finally, we found some medications that helped him, but it was not enough for him to remain living in our home. He entered Bancroft and lives in a group home.

Michael started taking piano lessons when he was young but when the bipolar episodes began he had to stop. At Bancroft he began taking music therapy piano lessons. When the music therapist joined CNNH, Michael continued his lessons there and then began working with a new music therapist who had him write and sing some of his own works.
Through music he was able to calm himself when agitated and to come to terms with all that he has been through. Michael’s challenges in life will never be over but CNNH through their wonderful staff will always give him hope and peace in his world.”

-Barbara S.