Move your Feet for better Balance in Standing

Sep 04, 2020
 
Your feet are the foundation of standing.
They are the base of holding you upright under the force of gravity.
 
If your feet can’t move, adjust, shift, then your options for moving forward become limited.
It’s hard to step on a pebble, or up a stair, if your feet are solid blocks.
 
Feet were meant to MOVE.
There’s 26 bones in your foot that have the potential to MOVE independently.
 
How can you explore the movement of your feet today?

Keep moving!
Jen

PS...
The "Learning to Stand while Lying Down" workshop is up and ready for parents interested in easy movements to explore with their child to encourage the organization of standing (while lying down!).

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Help your Child Create New Neural Pathways in 2 min

May 20, 2020
 

You can access the potential of your child's brain with a few simple tools (Anat Baniel calls them: the 9 Essentials®)

Let's take a closer look at Movement with Attention and how FAST you can engage your child's brain, just by bringing attention to WHAT they are doing.  

BUT... it begins with your own awareness. 

The more Attention YOU can bring to your own movements, the more your CHILD will be able to bring attention to their own movements. 

Follow along with this 2 min video to experience tapping into your own brain's ability to change and upgrade. 

Using this tool with your child can be as easy as CREATING the space for them to bring attention to their own movements. 

To learn more... let me guide you on exploring your child's unique movement journey inside the Movement Class Membership. 

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Can the Anat Baniel Method® help my Child?

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...

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What is the Anat Baniel Method®?

Apr 29, 2020
 

This is one of the hardest questions I get asked as an ABM practitioner!

It seems silly, because after 9 years of taking my daughter to practitioners, 3 years of training and 5 years of practicing, I should probably be able to answer this simple question in one sentence. 

But... well...it's complicated. 

ABM is a paradigm shift from looking at our children as something to "fix", to seeing them as the dynamic, amazing humans they are (with dynamic and amazing brains). 

From a parent's point of view, this seems so obvious.  

From a professional point of view, it's just not how rehab and therapy are done (yet!). If there's something "wrong" you try and fix it. And if you are a child... other people try and fix you. 

That never sat quite right with me, as a parent. 

My ultimate goal for my daughter is for her to reach her own unique potential, whatever that is. How can I, as a parent support her in reaching her potential? 

I...

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Top 4 things to expect during your child's first Anat Baniel Method® Lesson

Jan 18, 2020

 

I remember my first time visiting an ABM® practitioner with my daughter. I was soooo nervous. I had NO idea what to expect. Sure, I'd watched a few YouTube videos, but I honestly couldn't tell what they were doing.

Now that my daughter is 9 years into ABM lessons and I've become a Practitioner, myself, here's a list of things I like to share with my new families who come for lessons.

The top 4 things to expect during an Anat Baniel Method® (ABM) lesson:

1. Expect to wonder what in the world your ABM practitioner is doing! 

Some of the movements are soooo slow and sooooo tiny that you'll wonder if they are even doing anything.

They are actually doing a LOT.

Our brains learn through movement and one way to access your child's brain is through slow, teeny tiny movements.

"Movement is the language of the brain." - Anat Baniel

Your child's brain is soaking up all those slow, gentle movements.

 

2. Expect your child to...

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Essential #5 - Enthusiasm and Change

Jul 28, 2019

 

What types of changes in your child with special needs do you celebrate?

  • Do you follow the milestone chart to determine what success looks like? 
  • What milestones you are waiting for? 
  • Are there changes that you might have missed out on celebrating? 

Alllll the experts talk about the milestone chart. 

I thought that meeting those milestones meant my daughter would be one step closer to being "fixed".

  • Once she starts walking, she’ll be fine. 
  • Once she says momma, she’ll be fine.
  • Once she potty trains, she’ll be fine. 

It was a painful process to realize there was no milestone she could reach to make her "fine". She will have challenges for the rest of her life. 

But that doesn't make her "less-than".

She's actually perfect the way she is. 
AND she deserves my love and attention and enthusiasm for whatever changes she creates, regardless if it’s written on some chart.

I had to reframe my language,...

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Essential #4 - What is Subtlety?

Jul 14, 2019

Subtlety is the Reduction of force.

Reducing force is important for our brains! It increases our sensitivity, which allows us to notice more differences!

Noticing finer and finer differences, is the basis of how our brains learn.

Often we’ll use more force, more effort and try again, when things get hard, or when something's not working.

The problem with that method, and applying it to our kids, is that they don’t know how to do that thing yet!
If they knew how to do that thing, they would already be doing it!
So adding more force, doesn’t give them the extra pieces of the information that they're missing.

They are missing the little bits of information to get them there.
They are not missing more effort!

Our kids are the hardest working kids I know.
They are not missing more effort, but their brains might be missing information (or finer and finer differences).

Going harder, using more force, doesn't give their brains the information that they are missing.

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Roll into Sitting like a Baby

Jul 10, 2019
 

Hit the Play Button above!

Welcome to the First video of a little segment, I am going to call:

Movement Lesson for Tired Moms of Kids with Special Needs

Learning to move like a baby will give you AMAZING insight into how your child moves. 

Becoming more aware of your own movements will allow you to bring more awareness to your child's movements. 

So let's explore...

How to Roll into Sitting like a Baby

How do you sit up from lying down??
Do you jack-knife up, straight through the midline?
Learn to roll without effort, just like a baby!

Let's explore movement on the floor!
Babies learn to move while rolling around on the floor.
So let's get down and move!

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Just what are these 9 Essentials® of the Anat Baniel Method®?

Jun 22, 2019

Maybe you’ve heard of them. 
Maybe you have the book ("Kids Beyond Limits", Anat Baniel), but haven't read it.
Maybe your amazing ABM practitioner keeps talking about them. They’ve probably even given you a copy :)
But you’re still confused.

What are these 9 Essentials®?
Who has time to read a BOOK??
Can they REALLY help my child with special needs?
How am I supposed to seamlessly add them into my daily life of complete chaos?

YES!
You CAN use the Essentials to turn on your child's learning brain. 
YES!
You CAN use the Essentials in your everyday life. 
Easy-peasy!

Grab that cold cup of coffee and watch this quick video:

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Parenting Children with Special Needs: Moving from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset

Apr 01, 2019
 

How Do You Parent Your Child with Special Needs? 
With a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?
 

I find self-help and respectful-parenting books fascinating, as many mirror the same principles as the Anat Baniel Method©.
It's exciting to have so many different types of work have such similar principles:

  • meet people where they are at
  • connection is key
  • become aware of your own self
  • slow down

The cool part is that most have similar core perspectives, but use different language and come at it from a slightly different angle, which gives ME a slightly different angle to understand how to connect with my daughter just a little bit better.

This week I've been listening to the audiobook "Take Control of Your life" by Mel Robbins. 

She does a great job explaining the 2 different mindsets you can have (backed up by research). 

With a Fixed Mindset you accept that you are only "this" good, "this" smart, "this" creative, "this" sporty. Usually, some...

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