Whitney’s Story – Dr. Florance and her son
Dr. Florance is not only a brain expert; she is also the mother of Whitney, a Maverick who she successfully treated.
All the scientific credentials in the world could not prepare Dr. Florance for the birth of her own Maverick Mind, her youngest son Whitney.
Dr. Florance is the mother of three children: Vanessa, William and Whitney. Whitney was born different. Even as an infant, he didn’t connect with his mother the same way her other babies did. He didn’t cuddle or look at her.
The schools placed Whitney in the program for autism and until he ”flunked out” as too severe and was moved to the “Multi-Handicapped Mentally Retarded” class.
“All the scientific credentials in the world could not prepare Dr. Florance for the birth of her own Maverick Mind, her youngest son Whitney. “
At first, Dr. Florance was devastated by all of these symptoms and the diagnosis. However, as time went on, she began to see patterns in Whitney’s behavior that led her to believe he could be reached. Out of these observations, and her years of training, she began to develop the concepts and strategies that are now central to Brain Engineering Labs.
Dr. Florance believed in her son. She saw the visual genius in his every day behavior that she had long-observed in less pronounced ways as a therapist. In Whitney’s case, it became apparent that his visual mechanical intelligence was rapidly developing at levels far above his peers. Alone, she faced the dilemma of how to help Whitney achieve as a member of society. He “taught” her how to use his visual processors to create a ‘brain architecture’ for language.
By the time Whitney got to high school, his language abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing tested well above his age level on the national tests. He was an excellent athlete and participated on the division II state championship football team, earning medals in track, and lettering in wrestling.
Now an excellent thinker and very high achiever, Whitney graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and then served as a U.S. Army officer in the Corps of Engineers where he was responsible for $15 million of equipment and the lives of 29 soldiers.
He tracked 65 missions and designed and managed a Forward Operations Base Drainage plan to prevent flooding in critical areas. He is now working for a Fortune 500 company in the New York City area.