Update from Parent

Our son was born with arthrogryposis, mainly affecting his lower limbs, hips, knees and of course, club feet. We have been doing The Anat Baniel Method with Doreen since January and we have seen remarkable improvement. He is now 9 months and can sit independently. He can get onto his tummy from sitting position. He has just started a little bit of commando crawl. His flextion contractures in his knees have significantly improved so much so, that when we went for a check up at the Orthopedic clinic the other day, the Doc said his knees can bend to 30 degrees and that is enough for him to stand. He has also recently started using his hip muscles more, which is great because that means he is gaining strength in those muscles. All the doctors and the physiotherapist have been commenting on how well he is progressing and are amazed at how well he is coping.

Here are the links for further info on the Anat Baniel Method. She is in America but this is just more info on the Method itself http://www.anatbanielmethod.com/help-children-overview.htm.

The following is the link to the website for Doreen and Chris, the Anat Baniel Method in London. We have been seeing Doreen. She is absolutely fantastic with children http://movementandwellbeing.com/special-needs-children

I just thought I’d share this as it has made such a difference in the progress our son has made.

Feel free to ask us any questions, if you’d like to know more about our experience.

Thanks
Dedre, Anthony and Jayden-Dax(son with Arthrogryposis)

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Children’s Mastery Practicum

FREE ANAT BANIEL METHOD LESSONS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Free Anat Baniel Method for Children lessons for your child with special needs, ages 0-2 during the Children’s Mastery Training Program, taught by Anat Baniel. 

ABM, a gentle, non-invasive method is a cutting edge approach based on neuroscience using movement to send new information to the brain that creates new neural pathways improving all areas of your child’s life, be it physical, emotional or mental.

Lesson space is available on Friday July 22nd, and Saturday July 23rd, 2011 in the morning of both days.   To register, Please call or email Mike Davis at mike@anatbanielmethod.com or 480.720-5854 with any questions.  www.anatbanielmethod.com

Anat’s new book

I am thrilled and relieved that my book, “The Limitless Child” about our work with children with special needs is almost done.  It has been a long and challenging road and at the same time very gratifying.  We are thinking of putting endorsements from parents in the front of the book to encourage parents of children with special needs who will just be finding out about the ABM for children to check it out and give it a try. 

 The publisher will be choosing what endorsements will go in, however, we will post all of the endorsements on the book’s website.  You might have given us an endorsement in the past, however, your current endorsement will be greatly appreciated.  We would like endorsements not just about my work with children, but about any ABM for children practitioners.

 With Gratitude,

 Anat Baniel

1-day Workshop about Children with Special Needs: for Parents and Professionals

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

1-day Workshop for Parents and Professionals

Taught by ANAT BANIEL

March 13, 2011 / San Rafael, CA

In this workshop you will learn:

  • To turn your child into a powerful learner
  • The 9 Essentials for waking up the brain
  • To apply innovative movement exercises
  • When and why use assistive devices
  • To be a special parent to your special child 

Date:  Sunday, March 13, 2011   10am-5pm

Location:  ABM Center, 4330 Redwood Hwy, #350, San Rafael, CA  94903

Information:  Michelle Bensky, 415.847-8887  michelle@anatbanielmethod.com

Cost:  $195, for a family of two:  $245

This workshop is for parents, family, caregivers and professionals only. If you would like your child to experience the work, see the free children’s clinic – http://www.freechildrensclinic.org.

*Anat Baniel Method holds the right to cancel this event for any reason.  In case of cancellation you will receive full refund.

Cerebellar Hypoplasia – Using the Anat Baniel Method to Cure It

This is an article by Michelle Tom, who writes about her son.

My son Liam is not hitting his developmental milestones at the recommended time period for each developmental stage. He sat up around ten months old and was taught to crawl at twelve months after working with multiple Early Intervention therapists. At ten months old a MRI revealed an underdeveloped cerebellum. He was given a diagnosis of Cerebellar Hypoplasia.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/cerebellar-hypoplasia-using-the-anat-baniel-method-to-cure-it-3039904.html#ixzz0wyLL2reP
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Emma’s Progress

Emma is nearing her second birthday and I couldn’t help but to send you a letter on her progress.  Our little angel came into this world with a long list of problems that no one would wish on their worst enemy.  She spent the first three months of her life in pediatric intensive care units and when she finally did come home prognosis was grim.  She has been diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome and some of her symptoms are peripheral neuropathy, extreme developmental delay, agenesis of the corpus callosum, feeding issues, cortical blindness, epilepsy, and GERD.   To quote some of the best neurologists in the world; “Emma is teaching us”. What a quote.  Definitely not something a parent ever wants to hear about their child; but that is the reality of special needs children.

It was about a month after she got home when I was surfing the Internet looking for answers and I came across the name Anat Baniel.  I had never heard of her but people were saying great things.  One mother’s story in particular sticks in my mind.  She was telling her story to another women on an internet support group and she spoke of her child walking without his walker after just two ABM lessons.  I was amazed.  I kept searching and inevitably found Anat on YouTube and saw the famous “Elizabeth” video. After watching, I foolishly ran to Emma and tried to imitate all the movements Anat had performed on Elizabeth.  Emma’s eyes lit with life.  I knew this was our answer.

Very often friends and family look at me with sympathetic eyes and ask me how I do it or what is it like to be a parent of a special need child.  I never really had an answer till just the other day while watching the movie “Cast Away” with Tom Hanks.  There is scene where he finally escapes the island with his best friend Wilson (a volleyball).  The raft he has built is barely floating, his oars are just about useless, and he is at the mercy of the sea and all its fury.  He has surrendered to it all.  The wind, the waves, and the tide. His fate, Wilson’s fate, are completely unknown.  Watching this, I could not understand why I was overwhelmed with such emotion.  Then it occurred to me.  That is exactly what it feels like to be a parent of a special needs child. Every day we wake up to the unknown and it’s not until we surrender to it all that we realize that there is a path for us and our child.  Miraculously, a whale comes along and awakens Tom Hanks to the roaring sound of a passing container ship.  He has been rescued.  Well, ABM, for myself and many other parents, is that miraculous whale.  It gives us the ability to accept and surrender knowing that our child’s next miracle is over the next wave.

Emma has come a long way since her first days at home.  Many of her changes are slow and subtle and that’s exactly how we like it.  Her movement improves every day and she is a joy to be with.  There was once a time where all she would do was cry.  Now she smiles much of the day and lights up the room.  I can attribute her progress to two things.  Her family’s unconditional love and The Anat Baniel Method.

Like all parents, I feel as though I know what’s best for my children and am not particularly concerned with other people’s opinions.  However, the other day her Developmental Therapist had written such a beautiful report I had to share it.  She wrote:

“Emma seen at home with nurse present. Emma had a GREAT session. Lots of vocalization throughout the entire session and lots of smiles as well(smiley face)!”

“Sensory Play: Emma LOVED moving her fingers around in the dried pasta and dried beans. When the bin of beans/pasta was presented at her left hand, she independently picked up her right hand, moved it across midline and placed it in the sensory material (smiley face)!!!!!! She did this multiple times. ( I would move her right hand back to her right side and she would do it again.) Great job Emma?  Patty Day

Need I say more?  It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.  I am not one to put much emphasis on validation but I’ll let this one slide.  These are huge results and it’s even better when others are witness to them.  I’m  loving it.  Little miracles here, little ones there: Perfect.

Now when I think of the doctors comment, “Emma is teaching us”, I say they are absolutely correct.  She has taught me that I can love completely without complete understanding, that life’s possibilities are endless,  that she is my guardian angel just as much as  I am hers, and that my life would not be complete without her existence.

Love and Light,    

David Zupko

Arthrogryposis and the Anat Baniel Method

Charlie was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis at birth, which is a “rare congenital disorder that is characterized by multiple joint contractures and can include muscle weakness and fibrosis. It is a non-progressive disease. The disease derives its name from Greek, literally meaning ‘curved or hooked joints'”  This disorder is very rare and can range in severity from child to child. 

Marcy (Lindheimer) and Anat  have completely changed Charlie’s body from a stiff curled position to a looser more free position. When we started his hips, legs, arms, and neck were so stiff he could not lie on his back without rolling to one side. Now, he can lie flat on his back, he can move his hips, his legs are straighter, his arms move so much more, he turns his head all the time and he is so much happier and so am I.

All of his doctors are in shock with his progress and can’t believe how much he has changed in so little time. It is truly amazing. It is a miracle, in my eyes. The best part is that he continues to improve every time we have a lesson with Marcy.

He is moving like crazy and is just so happy. It is wonderful. He is stretching his arms above his head. He does it and starts to laugh! He also is going into side sitting much more now when he reaches for toys. It is amazing and wonderful.  He now scoots around all by himself!

I want to get the word out about this amazing Method, so that all children, like Charlie, can get the extraordinary results. I do believe now that one day Charlie will walk and it will all be because of the Anat Baniel Method.

Charlie’s Mom