Franchisee profile: Liana Terblanche
From the day my son was born he approached the world head-on. Lying down, being held and being quiet was for sleep-time only. Fearless – to the point of getting himself into very dangerous situations; highly energetic - an understatement for those who knew him then; determined; demanding; unaffectionate; resistant to change; unable to focus and unwilling to commence or complete a task unless on his terms; challenging – to an extent that few parents ever get to experience.
As a parent you tried to console yourself with anything positive you could gather from your own heart, family, friends, doctors, teachers and even the often uninformed input of passersby. You were constantly reminded of his obvious level of intelligence.
My son was only 2 1⁄2 years old when his differences could no longer be justified and only 3 years and 2 months old when out of utter desperation, we finally agreed to the administering of Risperdal as an aid to support the already ongoing methods of treatment we had in place.
We were on what felt like an endless, fruitless journey, consulting with Pediatric Neurologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Pediatricians.
A miraculous change finally touched our lives after a meeting with SNAP – A Special Needs Adapted Program for children with Autism, whose supplement of choice is Sevenpointfive.
My son now lives life fully, naturally.
Although no day with my son is ever ordinary, the effect he has on the people around him is extraordinary.
The opening of the Sevenpointfive Franchise in the Garden Route is dedicated to my son and would never have happened, had it not been for the journey he encouraged.