Transforming the Life of your Child
If you have been told by your child’s physician that your child has a developmental disorder, or if your parental instincts are telling you something is not quite typical (often parents know “something is not quite typical” long before a medical diagnosis is given), it is important that your child gets help as soon as possible.
Early intervention can make a big difference.
The Anat Baniel Method℠ (ABM) has been successful to bring about transformational learning with children that have any number of challenges or developmental disorders.
ABM is based on the understanding that many childhood diseases and traumas interrupt the brain’s normal and spontaneous process of learning. This also interrupts the communication that needs to happen between the child’s body, the child’s world, and the child’s brain. Often, it is possible to directly communicate with the child’s nervous system in very gentle, yet powerful ways especially through movement, greater awareness and non-verbal kinesthetic experiences.
Many traditional modalities – physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy as well as most bodywork – tackle the child’s limitations head-on and try to get them to do what they “should be doing” according to their age and developmental stage. Such as putting a child in a sitting, standing or walking position or asking them speak hoping they will learn enough from that experience to be able to master it. By focusing on the end result we want the child to achieve we rob them of opportunities and the myriad of random experiences their brain requires to learn by putting all of the information together themselves.
The brain does not learn through repetition alone, and does not respond positively to being forced. Thus ABM NeuroMovement stresses the distinction between “making” and “evoking.” If your child cannot roll or crawl, sit up, stand on all fours, or stand up by himself, we will not try to force him into these positions or into repetitive motions.
Instead, we will engage the child in a gentle movement process that provides the brain with the conditions and information required to attain the different skills and developmental milestones. Through this process the child gains the missing elements upon which the skills are built, and can then spontaneously learn to do what he or she couldn’t do before.
Rather than focus on the limitations and try to directly fix the presenting problem on the level of the muscle, bone joints, and soft tissue, ABM uses a different approach; the focus is shifted to where the most powerful solutions lie – the brain. Built on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., ABM works by communicating with the brain of the child to facilitate the formation of new neural connections and patterns, irrespective of the child’s limitations. Movement and awareness are the primary tools a practitioner uses to communicate and upgrade the brain to bring about the potential for learning and change. Change often presents itself in a number of ways, such as better movement, balance and coordination, increased focus, reduced anxiety and so on. By upgrading the entire system the child learns to perceive finer and finer differences which is an essential for learning. Outcomes include the child being able to improve physically, cognitively and emotionally as they increase their capacity for learning.
By providing opportunities for your child to learn through ABM lessons, your children’s progress continuing these traditional modalities is often greatly improved and enhanced by partnering to assist your child to reach their goals.
What is possible for my child?
Through a series of learning events every child can experience transformational change. Whether the child has special challenges or not, expect limitless possibilities. We are developing an increasingly large and sophisticated knowledge about how to make better use of the brain’s capacities, thanks in part to the science of neuroplasticity – that is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself and gain new skills by forming new neural connections. When a child had a stroke, causing damage to some part of the brain, it wasn’t understood in the past that other parts of the brain could take over and organize actions that they do not ordinarily do. Today discoveries in neuroscience of the remarkable ability of the brain to change has helped to explain why the Anat Baniel Method and the Feldenkrais Method have been so successful over the past 3 decades, rehabilitating children and improving their lives by putting them on paths of learning as functional movement becomes easy and possible.
How do we work with your child?
Hands on Anat Baniel Method℠ lessons are tailored to meet your child’s unique needs. We often work in what is referred to as “intensives” which are a series of 1-2 lessons a day for up to a week or more. Depending on the child’s unique needs we can work with the parents to customize a series of lessons that meet the needs of the child. With an intensive each new skill has a chance to be better integrated so that the child is able to change and retain the changes. Often a month or so break in between intensives will allow the child to further refine their skills before presenting them with more opportunities for learning.
An ABM intensive takes advantage of the brain’s ability to better retain new physical information and have a more profound effect by working with the children multiple times in a close period of time. We observe greater outcomes and better integration when the children have lessons several times over a shorter period of time. The lessons themselves remain the same and are still slow and gentle. Each new skill that the child absorbs (big or small) has a chance to be better integrated through a cluster of lessons, and will be more solidly retained so we can work towards their next goal.
It is common to work with children in intensives about 4-6 times a year for optimal results. Spacing out intensive (week long) sessions a month or so apart allows time for the child to further refine their skills before presenting them with more opportunities for learning. This also leaves time in between for them to continue to integrate the changes and form new goals
Also note that Lorrie is covered by most insurance companies for extended health coverage as a Naturotherapist. We encourage you to inquire with your insurance company about coverage. If you have questions about this or goals you’d like to reach with your child please get in touch with Lorrie here.
What to bring
Please bring anything that will make your child feel more comfortable during the lessons–favorite toy, books, blanket, bottle, etc. Some children get very hungry from the lessons so having a snack on hand is a good idea. It is best to dress your child in clothing that is comfortable and allows for easy movement. It is suggested to dress your child in layers if they tend to get cold easily. If your child falls asleep during the lesson or needs to eat, that’s not a problem. I can use that opportunity to do some detail work in areas I could not otherwise. I may also use that time to answer questions, do short demonstrations with you, or give suggestions on how to help your child at home.
If your child is sick
I understand that when lessons are planned you hate cancelling because your child is sick. However, out of consideration the other children I work with in my office and myself, please do not bring your child if you know they are contagious–fever, excessive coughing, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, or the like. Besides the risk of infecting others, your child will not respond as favorably to the lessons as this approach can be demanding to the system and they need to be their best self.
Parents and Caregivers note that their child:
- Improves functional movement
- Sleeps better
- Pays attention longer
- Makes more sounds
- Has an improved mood
- Has better balance
- Shows better problem solving skills
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. We recommend parents read Anat Baniel’s book Kids Beyond Limits to be inspired about what’s possible for your child and to start using the nine essentials for learning even before lessons are scheduled.
For a worldwide listing of certified NeuroMovement® professionals serving Children with Special Needs, please visit www.NeuroConnect.world
- About the Anat Baniel Method – (7:51)
- Children with Special Needs – (6:08)
- Promoting Brain Development in Children – (6:06)
- Kids Beyond Limits – (5:41)
- The Anat Baniel Method and treatment of Autism in Children – The video shows Anat Baniel working with, Jonathan, a 21 month old boy diagnosed with autism, and his mother’s testimonial following 2 weeks of lessons in the Anat Baniel method (5:08)
- How does the ABM help children with developmental delays? – (7:00)
- The Story of Elizabeth – At age 13 months Elizabeth was diagnosed as having global brain damage and was given a bleak diagnosis. See Elizabeth 20 years later in this Healing Quest video a vibrant, fully functioning young woman. (7:37)
- The Story of Devorah – Devora, an 8 week old infant, suffered from a Brachial Plexus Injury at birth that left her with a paralyzed left arm. Watch her begin to move her arm just a few minutes into her first ABM lesson. (2:43)
- Carter – Born premature and diagnosed with cerebral palsy and functional blindness, at age 7 carter was unable to stand, walk, use his hands well nor understand what was happening around him. Watch him come to life and become a lively, mobile, intelligent child within a few sessions. (33:01)
- Grace – At 13 months old Grace had hardly any use of her left arm due to Brachial Plexus Injury at birth. Watch how she begins to gain use of her arm, hand and fingers from the very first session. (27:34)
- Isabel – Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and at age 15 months unable to roll, sit, stand, talk or use her hands, watch her begin to move intentionally for the first time in her life. (27:00)
- Grace – Follow up video – 3 years later see how Grace now has full use of her arm, hands and fingers. (6:00)
Anat Baniel Method℠ can help children with:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain injury, including stroke
- Autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome and sensory integration dysfunction
- Birth traumas such as brachial plexus injury and torticollis
- Congenital disorders such as arthrogryposis and spina bifida
- Genetic disorders such as spinal muscular atrophy, Down syndrome, and fragile X syndrome
- Chronic anxiety
- Undiagnosed developmental delays
- Balance and coordination issues
- Limited movement and stiffness
- Recovery from trauma, injury, and surgery