Can My Child Benefit from the Anat Baniel Method?
The Method has been used for over 30 years with children experiencing a wide array of difficulties. Children who have benefited from ABM include those diagnosed with:
- ADD and Learning Disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Birth Injuries
- Brachial Plexus Injuries
- Brain Damage
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Delays
- Down syndrome
- Feeding Disorders
- Fragile X Syndrome
- Genetic Disorders
What Can I Expect in My Child’s Lesson?
Anat Baniel Method lessons are gentle, non-threatening, varied, and enjoyable for the child. Your child is never asked to do what they can’t, rather the practitioner works with them where they are with a flexible approach to specific goals. This ensures that your child learns positive, successful experiences rather than repeated failures. Possibilities begin to emerge organically as your child’s brain takes the information provided in the lesson and uses it to map and organize increasingly skillful ways to move, feel, and think.
Lessons are approximately 30 – 45 minutes in length and are scheduled hourly. Lessons are typically given on a low table, or for children who are not ready to be on a table, in the parent’s lap. After the first few lessons an appropriate frequency for lessons becomes more apparent. Sometimes a weekly lesson is perfect, other times a group of 3-10 lessons given over 5 days is recommended (an “intensive”), or a combination of the two. Parents may also opt to visit the Anat Baniel Center in San Rafael, California, for intensives. It is always your child’s needs that determine the number and frequency of lessons. In general, as progress is made, the frequency of visits goes down.
Finally…..expect to be surprised by your child! While each child is different, in most cases the changes begin after the first lesson. Your child may do something that he or she has never done before, spontaneously and naturally, without being prompted or drilled, often when you least expect it. These small shifts and changes are the signal that your child’s brain is forming new neural connections and they are the precursors of the larger changes that will come over time. Seeing a child who has been struggling begin to follow a growth trajectory is an awe inspiring and joyous process. It’s why we ABM practitioners love our work!
I’m Interested. How Do I Proceed?
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