Can the Anat Baniel Method® help my Child?

abm May 05, 2020

As an Anat Baniel Method® of Neuromovement® practitioner, I get a lot of questions from parents asking if it can help their children with a wide variety of conditions and diagnoses. 

Can ABM® help my child with cerebral palsy? 
Can ABM® help my child with hypotonia? 
Can ABM® help my child with Down's Syndrome?
CanABM® help my child with autism?  

The short answer is yes. 

But how? 

From the outside observing, ABM® looks like almost nothing.
Slow, gentle movements, all within the range of the child's comfort and ease.
How is that possibly doing anything to increase their range of motion? Increase their tone?

The secret lies in the brain. 

Whatever the diagnosis, parents are searching for a change in the quality of MOVEMENT for their children. 

Better coordination. 
Better balance. 
Less spasticity. 
Better tone.  

Now this is where things get interesting.

Most traditional therapies approach things from a "fixing" point of view. Let's do this to the muscle/leg/arm/hand, so we can fix it. 

ABM® approaches things from a BRAIN point of view.
All movements are organized and controlled by the BRAIN. 

By accessing the brain, you can access the child's own ability upgrade their movements.  

ABM® uses slow, gentle movements to tap into the brain’s ability to change.

It approaches the system at the root (the brain), instead of managing the symptoms. 

Scientists have proven that brains can change at any age, with any diagnosis. 

The brain’s ability to change is called neuroplasticity. 

Because ABM uses slow, gentle movements to access the brain, it can help children with a wide range of diagnosis. 

Instead of working with the symptom of the diagnosis (spasticity, hypotonia, hypertonia, etc), ABM taps into the brain’s own ability to learn, grow and reorganize movement patterns.  

The good news is that creating conditions for your child’s brain to change and grow, doesn’t have to happen just in a therapy room. 

A few simple ways to create learning conditions are to:

  • Slow down
  • Use variation
  • Bring awareness to your child’s movements 

This is great news for parents with kids with special needs! 

By incorporating these easy tools into your everyday life with your child, you can tap into your child’s brain’s natural ability to change and grow. 

Slowing down, adding variation and bringing awareness can be used in everyday activities.

These can also be used in combination with simple exploratory movements, which you can find inside the Movement Class Membership

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