Following is the Foreword written by Douglas Doman for the forthcoming paperback edition of Naturally Better.
Kristen Morrison is an extraordinary and exceptional parent. She refuses to believe that her Down syndrome child will be less than a totally well child.
In this regard she is just like the many thousands of parents who have come to The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Tokyo, and Fauglia, Italy over the last fifty-five years. These mothers, and fathers, whose children represent the entire spectrum of “special needs” children, are identical to Kristen Morrison and her husband.
They represent the many parents who have rejected the naysayers about children diagnosed with Down syndrome, developmental delay, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, autism, mental retardation, mental deficiency, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy and instead they have become part of a gentle revolution to change the world for all hurt children.
When Gryffin, the hero of this book, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, his mother was distraught, but she knew that time was her son’s enemy. She took on the responsibility of learning everything she could do to help Gryffin achieve his full potential. She created her own daily home program, and organized checklists to make certain the program was completed each day.
Her remarkable efforts—and those of Gryffin’s dad, their two older daughters, and their family, friends and Gryffin himself—resulted in the only thing that matters for hurt kids: RESULTS. The results they achieved were not baby steps; they were significant, life-changing events, that included superb health, understanding, reading and running that are above age level.
The path the Morrison’s forged and followed will inspire determined parents to discover and ultimately prove that their children are far from hopeless and, in fact, have tremendous potential.
This book covers the small and large issues. The Morrison’s embraced practical programs that have created lasting benefit for their child while rejecting completely the grim prognosis offering only despair. The importance of proper nutrition, physical activity and respiration are emphasized, along with the advice to maintain a diary and video and audio records of a child’s development. The wealth of advice in this book is useful for all parents not only those who have hurt children.
The Morrison’s have left no stone unturned to insure that their son has a great future. They are a determined and hard-working team, and their boundless energy and enthusiasm have yielded results. They continue to focus on their goal of Gryffin becoming totally well. This is what a real family is all about and it is precisely what all hurt children everywhere need to have.
In the world of hurt kids the family is the answer – the family has always been answer and it always will be.
The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential