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Does anyone have experience of Snowdrop? I'm considering applying for an assessment and programme for my nearly two year old. Second hand info welcome.


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Never heard of it and tbh now that I've read it, I'm unclear as to what they do? What skills they have? Qualifications. All seems very woolly to me. Lots of words with nit much foundation or meaning.


I guess it depends on what you think your child's issues are - and at almost 2 do you know what they are?


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"I guess it depends on what you think your child's issues are - and at almost 2 do you know what they are?"


Hmm, was a bit reluctant to share specifics, but I suppose it's unreasonable to expect useful advice without: She has Periventricular Leukomalacia and Nystagmus. Nett effect will probably be mild physical delay (not cerebral palsy, which is common with this) and permanently bad eyesight. There may also be hearing impairment and I'm worried about more general delay, hence the desire to 'help' in any way possible.


"Never heard of it and tbh now that I've read it, I'm unclear as to what they do? What skills they have? Qualifications. All seems very woolly to me. Lots of words with nit much foundation or meaning."


Those exact thoughts are why I'm posting. Acquaintances have used them and been very impressed. It seems to be one guy who took a degree or two and did a lot of research after his son had severe brain injury. He (they?) puts together a programme of intervention, which seems harmless at worst and hopefully effective.


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Have you looked at bibic? Years ago I had good eperiences with them.


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I too was going to suggest bibic. I haven't heard of snowdrop


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Hi my sister has used extensively for a child with severe brain injury, cortical vision impairment and gastric issues. She has nothing but praise and is not easily impressed, my sister previously lived in the US where good support and therapy was much more available and when she moved back she fully researched snowdrop and would recommend. I have asked her to message with further information and when I have this I will pass onto you x


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I must also add my nicece was never expected to sit up, improve her brain function or communicate, since the therapies my sister followed through with she is now doing all three.


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Hi again my sister has written the following regarding snowdrop


Snowdrop is a unique approach to helping children meet their full potential! My daughter has severe pvl, she is doing amazing things and surprised all the doctors with her abilities. It's all down to good advice from Andrew brereton at snowdrop, and hard work on our part! It's so great to have someone who believes in your child. If you don't have a child with a brain injury you can never understand how devestating it can be to hear your child may never walk, talk, eat, hear or see. Snowdrop gave us hope again.


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Thankyou to all for the replies. I'm having a look at bibic as well. Thanks to Hannah and to your sister for the endorsement, my friends daughter has made good progress with them as well.


Has anyone managed to get this kind of stuff paid for by the LA or ASF? My suspicion is that my daughter might fall into the 'not serious enough' for them to be interested category.


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The LA paid for bibic for my son, but that was before the adoption order!


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My adopted 3 yr old has a severe brain injury due to a genetic condition. I have never heard of this but have ordered the book as a starting point. From a quick scan of the programme it seems to be along the lines of lots of repetition and small steps which is really what we are doing under the ot ,salt, physio etc and in 2 yrs we have seen good results so i am excited to have a closer look at this.

So thanks for the thread matimeo.


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Matimeo, there are various programmes out there like this. There is a very famous one in Canada called Arrowsmith. I don't think it's available here but worth reading about.


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There is one in west London - I can't remember the name - but looked into it and it looked very effective with much the same approach. We didn't use it due to finances though. Also neurofeedback is worth looking at - though your child may well be too young - its very effective too and backed up by research - used a lot routinely in USA


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I have a friend who is using Snowdrop for their birth son who has a chromosomal deletion. They have been very pleased so far with the assessment and the progress they are seeing. After reading this thread I'm wondering about looking into this or similar programmes myself for my son. Matimeo, it would be great to hear what decisions you make and the thoughts behind them.


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