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Joshua Hasten’s Story

Joshua is a very smart, funny 13-year-old. Learning to walk, talk, and use his hands is a challenge due to a brain injury commonly called cerebral palsy. But he works hard, and has fun learning! He is also a very responsible big brother to Jacob, who was born Nov. 21, 2012.

When Joshua was born, August 31, 2001, he did not breathe. He was put on a respirator immediately and rushed to the NICU, but later, both of his lungs collapsed, and he had siezures.  Miraculously, he survived.

We knew on the day he was born that his brain was injured, and the doctors just didn't know what was in store for our little miracle.

The actual extent of the brain injury was not obvious until he was growing older but not reaching those "normal" developmental milestones.

We knew before six months that we needed to do something to speed his development, but of course most doctors have the "wait and see" approach.

Joshua's neurologist finally told us that he had cerebral palsy, when Joshua was 9 months old.

From then until 2005, we took Joshua to therapists and to many other specialists. He even had eye surgery before age two. But he still couldn't focus well, near or far, even with glasses.

Joshua learned to crawl on his stomach (combat-style) at the age of 2 years! This was despite the fact we gave him very little opportunity to be on the floor compared to what we now know he needed.

We felt like there was more we should be doing. Both of us worked full-time, with Joshua at a babysitter's house. And we didn't know what else we could or should do.

Eventually, we paid off all our credit card debt, and I quit my job to really focus and try everything I could to help Joshua develop faster.

In 2004, we discovered The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (www.iahp.org). This organization has answered all our questions about how we can best help Joshua achieve our dreams for him!

They teach the parents to do the program at home! We don't have to take Joshua all over the place constantly. Just two five-day trips to Philadelphia are needed each year for them to evaluate Joshua and teach us what to do next, and that's it. No other therapist or specialist appointments needed! We are Joshua's best therapists!

Together with families of exceptional children throughout the world, we count on IAHP to guide us and prescribe the best course of action. They give our children the best chances at achieving physical, physiological, intellectual & social excellence, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles!

The Intensive Treatment Program costs about $10,000 a year. To make a tax-deductible contribution, call with a credit card or mail a check to IAHP.  Make sure you reference the name "JOSHUA BOLT".

IAHP -Finance Dept

8801 Stenton Ave

Wyndmoor, PA 19038

215-233-2050

An essential component of his Intensive Treatment program is having volunteers help his parents with his treatment.  Please call 434-603-1878 if you live near Farmville, Virginia and are interested.

Latest Journal Update

Joshua can now CRUISE (walk using only furniture for assistance) FROM ONE PIECE OF FURNITURE TO ANOTHER!

I am just so EXCITED!  JOSHUA CAN CRUISE FROM ONE PIECE OF FURNITURE TO ANOTHER! I can't get him to do it again right now to take a video, but Joshua just stood up from his chair using the kitchen table, cruised a few steps (walking using only the table for support, no one helping him) to the corner of the table, then reached out (about two feet) to grab the counter, and stepped OVER TO THE COUNTER and cruised another step or two there! EVERYONE!  Please join me in shouting out how AWESOME MY BOY Joshua is!  It is a miracle, every step closer to walking independently he gets, especially at nearly 13 years old!  I can't think straight I'm just so THRILLED about what just happened! 

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Jodi Abbinanti
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Oh This is THRILLING. So thankful to hear this progress. This boy is reaching the time for independence. His determination is wonderful. We are so proud of Josh and my heart is soaring with yours!!! Way to go Joshua. We love you.
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Mary Elizabeth Stone
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SO thrilled!!! Rejoicing with you! That is the most wonderful news!!! Go Joshua!! And congrats to this entire precious family!!
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