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OUR FAMILIES

OUR FAMILIES

One of our core values is to build long lasting relationships with our families. It’s Important for us to help connect young families and help educate others in the prevention and treatment of head shape asymmetry. If you would like to speak to a family who has been through a similar process with their little one please ask one of our practitioners during your visit or alternatively send us an email and we would be happy to connect you. Below are a few stories from families we’ve supported.

ALFREDS STORY

In the womb Alfred spent most of his last trimester in one position, this lead to one side of his neck developing with very tight muscles meaning most of his time after birth was spent looking (and sleeping) to his right. This, unknown to us, was called Torticollis.

The flat spot on the back right of his head, technically called plagiocephaly, started to develop early because of the consistent pressure he was placing on his skull with his ‘Zoolander’ napping tendencies. We hadn’t even realised any of this was happening until it became obviously misshapen! So after a Torticollis diagnosis the Doctor refereed us to the Kids Physio Group. They were fantastic and gave us customized exercises to bring his neck back to neutral. Unfortunately his Torticollis was not improving fast enough to slow down his growing flat spot so we were then referred to The Pediatric HeadShape Clinic.

As a new mum I was exhausted and emotional and just wanted the best for Alfred. I was skeptical of having a head band fitted, but Jason from the clinic was amazing and never put any pressure on us to make decisions. He simply educated us, making us feel informed, reassured and in control. After a few weeks of monitoring Alfred’s head had got progressively worse and we decided to go for the helmet. Jason used a 3D scan of his head to 3D print the head band, it was amazingly light, small and fitted his head like a glove. Alfred took to it straight away and never had problems with discomfort or sleeping, which as we were using it full time we were really worried about. Within weeks his head was getting back to shape! Unfortunately Alfred had quite a soft head so keeping it that way took a little more effort, but 5 progressively larger helmets and 9 months later Alfred has a beautiful little head!

Rebecca, Alfreds Mum

LUKES STORY

At three months of age we, Luke’s parents’, noticed Luke to be favoring one side and to be developing a slight flat spot on his head. After much Google research, we decided it was potentially torticollis and that he was developing a flat head. Like any good, first-time parents we booked a doctor’s appointment to investigate further. Continually we were dismissed as being first-time parents and that the issue would resolve itself.

We were persistent and were able to seek out both a physiotherapist and an osteopath to assist in strengthening Luke’s neck; torticollis was not the issue it turned out, thank goodness! However, the flat spot seemed to remain. We were not sure if we were being paranoid or if there truly was an issue. As we were currently living abroad at the time, we managed to see a German Specialist who was able to confirm that Luke’s head had an 8 mm difference. Finally we were taken seriously. Sort of. The medical profession will only intervene at 10 mm difference. We were moving back to Canada shortly and were out of luck.

As time passed in Canada, we continually felt something to still be off. We felt that there must be a way to resolve Luke’s flat spot but were not being met with any positive responses. Upon further Google research, we found Dr Goodnough, of which we are so very thankful for. I wish we had the opportunity much sooner (at 3 months of age) so that we might have effected greater change for Luke. He has now had his helmet for two weeks. He loves his helmie as he thinks it is a hockey helmet, which he loves. I look forward to seeing his positive progress.

Michelle, Lukes Mum

NOLAS STORY

Nola had a rough start coming into the world. With 72 hours of labor and requiring assisted birth with both a vacuum extractor and forceps to get her out.  These conditions contributed to her headshape being a little squished and her neck having torticollis (favouring one side while sleeping or napping).  In the first month we started to notice a little flat spot and asked our family doctor about it, he referred us to the BC Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapy department where a therapist provided great information about how to do stretching, tummy time and reposition Nola’s head to her less favourite side when she rested or slept.  At three months we headed to a plagiocephaly clinic to see what options were available to us, after some consolation we decided to see how Nola would progress and hope for some additional recovery based off of our focused efforts.  As the months went on Nola’s head became stronger and often when we would reposition her head while she was sleeping she would just keep  correcting the position back to the same old flat spot.  The spot was getting getting flatter and that when she would roll her head to get back to her preferred sleeping spot it looked like her head was a triangle. Sometimes when her head would pivot over one of the corners the head would flop down and made enough of an impact to wake her up.  It was difficult rock Nola to sleep only to have her wake up again when we failed to reposition her head appropriately (sometimes in the middle of the night).

At the six month mark we revisited the clinic to see how Nola’s head shape was doing.  Her head was becoming a more severe case of a asymmetry with her left forehead protruding and the back righthand side of her head was still flat and pointed too.  We did a google search for who in the Vancouver & Fraser Valley was offering treatment for children with plagiocephaly and we came across Jason and the paediatric headshape clinic.  His friendly and gentle way with assessing Nola with his 3D light scanner provided excellent data and 3d shapes to explain what was going on with our daughters head growth and help us make the decision to order a SnugKap Cranial Band to help correct the shape of her head.  We noticed that Nola’s head shape had become more round and as that happened we noticed that she stopped squinting her eye as much. It was just more than three months of treatment and were very happy with the results and happy with the service we received during the process.

Nolas Dad

FINNEGANS STORY

I noticed Finnegan’s head was always positioned to the left as soon as we arrived home from the hospital. At 3 weeks of age his paediatrician confirmed a diagnosis of right torticollis and we started physiotherapy and osteopathy soon afterwards. Despite these therapies, diligent repositioning, use of a mimos pillow and tons of tummy time his head shape continued to worsen. By 9 months of age I knew I had done everything I could on my own to help Finnegan and I began to research other options to help out. I came across the pediatric headshape clinic and immediately began connecting with other parents who had used the snugKap cranial band, as well as other orthotists in the field. As my research progressed I was quickly convinced that this was the product for us! I was determined to not lose the progress we had made fixing his torticollis by plunking something heavy on his head, so I was so pleased to see how lightweight this product is compared to other products on the market. I also loved how ventilated the product was, considering it was summer and Finnegan already had a sweaty head! The final push was the anecdotal reports from other parents on the quick timelines for progress and how well the snugkap was tolerated. Okay and I’ll also admit that I thought it looked way cooler than the traditional helmets on the market!

We booked an appointment the same week with Anna at the Burlington location. She scanned Finnegan’s head and went through the numbers and all the options with me. I love how there was no tough sell and that the appointment focused on what I felt was best for Finnegan. I ordered our helmet that day and was so pleased on the quick turn around timeline of a week to receive it. Given Finnegan was now 9.5 months we had no time to lose!  Finnegan started with his graduated wear schedule and easily hit his groove with it on. I was exceptionally pleased that it did not interfere with his habit of sleeping through the night!! We diligently wore it for the 23 hours a day and our biggest issue by far was Finnegan’s messing eating….luckily the helmet is very easy to clean! At our one month check in appointment I was so pleased to see exceptional progress.

We ended up getting a second helmet after Finnegan’s head grew, which is conveniently included in the initial price. And at 7 weeks in our numbers had gone from moderate-severe to within the normal range! I was absolutely blown away at how quickly this all occurred, especially as Finnegan was older. I was really expecting we’d be in a helmet for a long time. I kept it on another month out of fear of regression from sleeping, although Anna did reassure me it was unlikely at his age. All in we were done in 11 weeks. And ultimately we achieved correction of his misaligned ears, which was one of my biggest concerns.

I’m so incredibly pleased with the whole process and how Finnegan’s head looks. I’m glad I committed to the drive to Burlington, even though we live much closer to some other places offering traditional helmets. A huge thank you to Anna and Jason (and the entire pediatric headshape team) for all the work that you do!

Amanda Lee, Finnegan’s mom

LUCYS STORY

Around 6 months, we noticed that our daughter Lucy’s head was getting flat on one side. We weren’t sure if it would correct itself eventually so we waited for a few months. But over time, it just didn’t seem to be improving. At 9 months, we brought her into the Pediatric Headshape Clinic where Jason did a scan of her head. The scan showed that immediate correction was necessary.

When I showed up to our next appointment, Jason had already 3-D printed the helmet (so cool!) and Lucy then had to wear it 23 hours a day. Within 3 weeks, we could already notice a visible difference in the shape of her face and by 5 weeks, Lucy’s head shape had already been corrected to the point that she only needed to wear her helmet at night.

We’re grateful that Lucy got the help that she needed so quickly. Through talking with the team, I learned that a flat head can have long-term negative consequences, impacting the functioning of the child’s vision, jaws, and ears. We appreciated the support and education that we received from both Jason and Nicole and have been pleased with how quickly Lucy’s head corrected.

Kristin and Brian Vandegriend

MILAS STORY

This is Mila at just 6 months old! She’s had been wearing her #snugkap for 8 weeks was already showing massive improvement to her head shape! We are helping Mila reshape her head, she has #plagiocephaly with #brachycephaly, this is when the back of an infants head is more flatter than usual and particularly on one side. This can be caused by sleeping on your back or prolonged external pressure to your head from excessive time in strollers, swings and car seats.

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TESTIMONIALS

Baby Plagiocephaly Helmet Treatment

As a pediatric physiotherapist working in the private sector, Jason is an invaluable resource to me and my clients. Jason has treated a number of my infant clients for head shape management through orthotic cranial remodelling, with incredible results. Jason is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and passionate about his field. I sincerely enjoy working with him as part of the multidisciplinary team. The feedback I get from families is that he is very warm, caring, and they feel confident that their child's needs are being well met. I will happily continue to refer clients to Jason!

Family Flathead Baby Treatment

Struggling with uncertain plagiocephaly treatment for couple of months, every MD or Occupational therapy simply recommended completely non-supportive justification for treatment and majority supported their ideas based on the issued papers in Medical Journals. After exploring several potential causes & treatments and getting the paradoxical suggestions, we had discovered that our son’s head requires the Helmet, no matter what the practitioner recommends.

Honestly, my husband and I went into this appointment thinking we would be fitting our son for a Helmet. But after the appointment, we convinced that we needed to track the changes prior any decision. Jason was very reasonable for assessment the problem before jumping to the type of treatment. All of his answers to our questions were logical. That 2-4 week extra time in such tracking process was very essential and helpful and worth to try helping with natural reshaping in the next visits and re-evaluate.

He is very competent and professional in his practice. He analyzed and described the type and location of asymmetry in such a way that no one had done such a thing either in BC Children’s & Seattle Children’s Hospitals. By consulting with our Pediatrician, we all agreed on his professional practice and humanity.

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When my husband and I first learned that our son needed a cranial remodeling orthotic (helmet) we were terrified. Jason is so relaxed and welcoming which made what was originally a sensitive and emotional situation much less stressful. He explained the entire process from the scanning, to the helmet itself, and even the monitoring of our progress. He was exceptionally gentle and playful with our son who has become quite fond of him and his fun toys, making the visits even less stressful. Since that first appointment everything has gone better than we expected. The helmet was thin, light and never once bothered our son. We are thankful for Jason’s reassuring expertise that gave our son the best possible outcome. We highly recommend Jason at Synergy Orthotics to anyone in a similar situation.

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