AFNIC was born out of the collaboration of two fathers, each the parent of a neurologically-impaired child with extreme behavioral issues. Both had struggled for years to find people who truly understand the neurologically-impaired child. Finding none, they developed their own program. As the program was wildly successful for both, they decided to create an organization to provide the help for others that they could never find.
AFNIC understands how hard it is to find someone who understands the neurologically-impaired child and how it impacts the child and family. AFNIC is parent-driven and professionally supported. You will find everyone here has either personal experience or professional experience working with neurologically-impaired children.
You will find it refreshing to finally find a family of people that understands how these disabilities interfere with every aspect of the child's life. It impairs the child's developmental and educational progress, causes emotional and social developmental lags, and a negative self-concept, just to mention a few.
AFNIC also recognizes and understands the impact these disabilities have on your family. There is the constant "walking on eggshells" to avoid triggering rages, the fear someone may misinterpret your or your child's actions and call CPS or police, and the constant fear and anxiety for your child's safety. There is the financial burden from medications, doctors, hospitals, and lost work time. There is the severe marital stress. Most importantly, there is the fear that your child will never get beyond this and be happy.
Neurologically-impaired children suffer a double whammy. First, they suffer from an affliction that severely impacts the opportunity to have a "normal" life. But unlike children who suffer from other medical conditions and receive compassion from those around them, neurologically-impaired children typically receive the opposite. Neurological disabilities are not fatal, but children die slowly each day from them. Their self-esteem and potential is killed, not from the disability, but from the ignorance of those around them. These children do not appear disabled, although it might be better if they did. They bear the outward appearance of a child with a behavior problem: a defiant child, a stubborn child, a bizarre child, an emotionally disturbed child, a spoiled child. They are disciplined for things they cannot control. They are teased and imitated by other students and yes, sometimes by teachers.
Our hope is to create an understanding environment for the child, where we have found over and over again we release a personality of incredible intelligence, creativity, and humor. Contact us to see if we can help do the same for your child.
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