We want your questions and suggestions

One purpose of this site as it evolves is to have a forum for debate. As such we would love to have comments and questions from you to which Anat, myself and the rest of the team of practitioners can respond, in addition to the material that we will continue to post.

Your views are important to us and we look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,


3 Responses

  1. I was wondering if the use of statoinary baby saucers (play centers) or free standing jumparoos should be used by infants. My six month adjsuted son has both and LOVES to jump in them. I am howevere concerned that it will hinder his devoplopment. His neuro says his legs are tight and I dont want to hinder his ability to overcome his cp symptoms. My son is super at unsuipported sitting..should this be encouraged or discoruraged…i wasnt sure if this was considered a “unnatural” position due to his age. Also will anat ever come to the NY area and be able to have sesions with children? We saw her in manhattan and it was awesome…to us it was like seeing a celebrity!

  2. Dear Melodi,

    Thank you so much for your question. The short answer is no to the use of the saucer and bouncer and no to unsupported sitting. This is true for children with and without issues.

    We are planning to write an article to give parents advice on “normal” child development in practice. There are many reasons for these answers which we will address and it is SO important because so many parents do these things with the best of intentions and, as you say, the children LOVE them. Anat often says there are a lot of things that you could give them that they would love that are not necessarily good for them! A basic rule of thumb is never put a child in a position that they cannot get in and out of by themselves. So my best advice for the time being is put your little boy on the floor surrounded by toys for him to reach for and hang out with him. It is fine for him to be in your lap leaning against you but he should not sit unsupported until he has learned to get there by himself. This will make the work that Donna Panarello is doing even more powerful.

    One of my favorite sayings of Anat’s when parents then ask “Well what CAN I do then?” is, “Hug them, love them and put them down on their back.”

    As for Anat seeing children in NYC, it does happen on occasion. I would recommend seeing Marcy Lindheimer in conjunction with Donna. Marcy is an amazing practitioner with incredible experience. She is also the only trainer qualified to train Anat Baniel Method practitioners other than Anat herself and is in the process of building an Anat Baniel Method Center in New York. When Anat sees children in New York it will be in conjunction with her. She also mentors other practitioners and would be an invaluable resource to Donna AND for your son.

    I am so glad you were able to get the NYC presentation and that it made such an impression upon you. I wish I could have been there and cannot wait to hear from Anat how she felt it went.

    Thank you so much for your participation in our blog and your enthusiasm for our work born out of your love and dedication for your son.


  3. Hi,

    My daughter is 4years old and has had 11 sessions of the Anat Baniel Method with Mary O’ Brien here in Ireland.

    Within 2 sessions my daughters legs were so relaxed and when she was standing up, holding onto things, her heels were down whereas before they never really touched the ground, So this was amazing for us,

    But, we noticed that since she hasnt had any sessions in a little while, she has started standing up on her toes again, but she can still put her heels to the floor. My question is-

    Will she forget what she has learned?

    Do I correct her by saying put your heels down on the floor?

    She has more sessions in 2 weeks we are really looking forward to them.

    We are so happy we found this for our daughter.

    Thanks so much for making a difference to our lives

    Melissa and Family

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