Enabling optimal child development – by Cédric Daetwyler, Switzerland

‘First Step’: an Israeli therapy enabling optimal child development May 2010. Mila, aged 2 and a half, is about to leave Switzerland with her parents. Direction: Israel. The purpose of their trip isn’t a holiday but an intensive two week long therapy with Shai Silberbush, an expert in child development and founder of the ‘First […]

Emma – Born August 2009, in Lausanne, Switzerland

Emma was born with Cerebral Palsy. When we first met Emma she was three, and hardly used her arms and legs. A few months later, she was able – for the first time – to crawl forward on her tummy and to roll over from her back to her tummy, and from the tummy to […]

Alicia – Born May 2007, in Lausanne, Switzerland – Sturge-Weber

Alicia was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome – which appears in the centralnervous system, a facial birthmark, and partial deafness. Alicia was hospitalised at a very young age, and underwent several surgical procedures.Because of her symptoms and prolonged stays in hospital, Alicia had various delays – development, motoric, communication, and language. After two intensive processes, at age […]

Giovanni – Born October 2010, in Milan, Italy – Wolf-Hirschhorn

Giovanni was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, which presented in Giovanni as extensive developmental and language delays. When we first met him at the age of 2 and a half, he didn’t crawl or walk, he only shuffled on his bottom, and spoke very few words. He ate only soft food, and in very small amounts. […]

Mila – Born July 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland – Cerebral Palsy

The story of Mila according to the parents: “Mila was born on 1 July 2013 after a so-called normal pregnancyand by vaginal delivery with epidural.At birth all seemed normal, except a lower head circumference of one centimeter the average. Her Apgar score was 9 1′ – 9 5′ – 10 10′. It was thus during […]

Lias – Born February 2011 in Dietlikon, Switzerland – Cerebral Palsy

Lias, a boy from Switzerland who’s almost 5, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy and low muscle tone.With the support of the KMSK association, the family started the First-Step therapeutic process in Switzerland and later came to Tel Aviv.Lias is now able to sit and hold himself, he is more present and responsive, and play functional games. The parents obtained information, tools, training, […]

Benedikt – Born June 2011 in Adliswil, Switzerland – Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.

Benedikt from Switzerland was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. When Benedikt was 2 years old, the family has started a therapy with First Step method. Since then – Beni continues to improve. With the support of AEMO association, the family arrived to their 4th therapeutic process in Tel Aviv, where we focused on the standing function, improving […]

Davide – Born November 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland – STXBP1 syndrome

Davide is a child of two and half, from Switzerland. Originally his family was from Italy. He was born after 42 weeks of pregnancy in a caesarean delivery. Right from the start, he suffered epilepsy attacks. A few months later he was diagnosed with a mutation of gene STXBP1 which is important for brain functions. […]

Matteo – Born May 2012 in Tuscany, Italy – STXBP1 genetic syndrome

Matteo Ferrandi was born in May 2012 in Italy, to a loving family, with two older sisters.Some days later, tests revealed that he had STXBP1 syndrome. In his first year, his parents said, “Matteo started having epileptic seizures – a phenomenon related to the genetic disorder. Doctors recommended medications, but although the seizures became fewer, […]