Client Story: Jax Defying All Expectations

14 Sep, 2023

Jax, a valued long-term Client at Gen Physio, was born with a condition called agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC) meaning the crucial part of the brain responsible for connecting each hemisphere did not develop properly. He has been working with our Speech Pathologist David to improve his daily communication skills and in turn, is surpassing his goals.

Agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC) is a brain disorder characterised by the partial or complete absence of the tissue that typically connects the left and right hemispheres. It occurs due to disruptions in brain cell migration during foetal development.

Those who have a disorder of the corpus callosum typically experience:

  • Delayed developmental milestones such as walking, talking, or reading
  • Clumsiness or poor motor coordination, particularly with skills that require coordination of left and right hands and feet, such as swimming, bicycle riding, and driving
  • Problems with mental and social processing
  • Impairment in social interaction and communication that may overlap with autism spectrum disorder behaviours. These typically become apparent between adolescence and adulthood

 

Jax’s doctors advised his parents early on that he was expected to have major difficulties with walking and talking, and struggle with many of his daily functions.

In his 8 years of life, he has defied all those expectations with the help of his team of dedicated Allied Health professionals.

Our Speech Pathologist, David, has been working with Jax for almost 4 years and has seen firsthand the improvements that he has made within his daily functioning. Jax attends a mainstream school and continues to keep up with most of the curriculum in the classroom.

His parents are extremely proud of his academic achievements, as are his Allied Health team and external to his cognitive learning achievements he loves to play soccer and AFL, staying very active around the playground at school.

Development can vary greatly in each child, but there are support systems you can access when necessary.

If your child is struggling with forming and maintaining social relationships, expressing their emotions, understanding nonliteral language (such as phrases like “raining cats and dogs”), or if they have delays in expressive communication, a Speech Pathologist can provide the support your child needs. Working with a Speech Pathologist can lead to an improved quality of life, better academic performance, and ongoing social growth for your child.

How can a Speech Pathologist help

To begin your child’s journey towards enhanced communication skills and utilse the support of Speech Pathologists, contact our team today on 1300 122 884.

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