Children’s Mastery Practicum


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 or 480.720-5854 with any questions.


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



Taught by ABM Practitioners

 The Free Children’s Clinics provide children and families with experience and information about the Anat Baniel Method(sm) for Children.  Fully certified Anat Baniel Method for Children practitioners are volunteering their time so that you can discover what this work can do for your child.

We know it can be difficult to choose where to spend your time, energy, and money to provide the best opportunities for your disabled child. We are offering one free lesson to each child, as a way for the parents and children to experience first-hand what this work is like and what it can do for a child with special needs.

Each child will get the full attention of a trained, certified Anat Baniel Method for Children Practitioner. Lessons are 30 minutes in length. Whenever possible, clinics are set up to allow lessons with 5 to 10 children to be conducted simultaneously in the same room. We have found that children respond extremely well to having peers nearby who are going through the same process; parents enjoy exchanging notes with other parents; and others interested in the work are given the opportunity to observe the practitioners giving lessons. Informational materials will be available, and DVD examples of the work can be viewed and purchased.

 Date:  Saturday, March 12, 2011   10am-5pm

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

To Register Contact:  Michelle Bensky, 415.847-8887

 Please give this information to any parent you know whose child might need help. / 1.800.386-1441


*Anat Baniel Method holds the right to cancel this event for any reason.

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


1-day Workshop for Parents and Professionals


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

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 –

*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.

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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

Christopher’s Story

Our son Christopher was born in April of 2005. He was a beautiful, healthy baby and we were overjoyed to welcome him to our family.

However, early on we suspected something was different about Christopher. He is our second child, and thankfully we had our daughter’s development as our guidepost. His eyes seemed to roll around and he didn’t appear to focus on anything. At his eight-week visit, the pediatrician agreed Christopher needed to be seen by both a pediatric ophthalmologist and pediatric neurologist. Both specialists did extensive diagnostic testing but neither could find anything abnormal with his brain or eyes.


At around this time, he began showing signs of developmental delay. He began physical therapy at around 11 weeks old. At first, Christopher didn’t seem to mind physical therapy. He was a very passive baby. However, by about five months of age he started crying during his therapy sessions. It got progressively worse to point that he would begin wailing at the sound of the physical therapist’s voice. He wasn’t really making any progress and we were getting more and more frustrated.

At six months old, an ophthalmologist told us Christopher’s eyes were structurally fine, but he was blind and would need to learn Braille and would walk with a cane. We left that appointment and switched to a new ophthalmologist, believing the prognosis underestimated the potential of his brain to form new connections.


Despite the dismal predictions, we remained hopeful for Christopher’s future in large part because of a both an acupuncturist and a cranial sacral osteopath. To our good fortune, we had begun working with them both when Christopher was about 4 months old. They saw a bright future for Christopher. The D.O. suggested we begin working with a Feldenkrais practitioner in his office who was in the process of completing training in the Anat Baniel MethodSM (ABM) for Children. We agreed to see her and were completely amazed at how happy he was with his lesson. He never once cried. Quite to the contrary, he laughed and squealed with delight. Even more amazing, after his second lesson, at ten months old, Christopher rolled from his back to his stomach, something never accomplished through physical therapy. We would soon be celebrating his first birthday and imagine our joy at his accomplishing this developmental milestone.


Additionally, we saw a playful, curious person emerging in Christopher. He began reaching for toys, touching our faces, and interacting in the world. It was then that we realized he was an incredibly bright child.


While we were delighted in his progress, we felt pressure to continue with physical therapy. He was still very delayed in his gross motor skill development and we were being told he needed to be placed in upright positions. But, when placed in sitting or in a stander, he would wail. It was just too painful to see him so upset. We found ourselves questioning what was right for Christopher. We ultimately decided to stop physical therapy and only pursue ABM lessons. It was a stressful process to get to that point, but it left us with peace once we made the decision.


We began augmenting his lessons with other Anat Baniel MethodSM for Children practitioners in Michigan and California. We watched him learn to get into sitting,  “commando” crawl to get toys, play with his sister and dog, and cruise anywhere else his curiosity would take him. While crawling and bear walking are still his preferred method of movement, he can walk with assistance. His vision has also drastically improved. He is far from blind!


During the first three years of his life, Christopher received home visits from therapists and teachers through our county’s Early On program. All of these wonderful people were so committed to his development and progress.

Christopher has also had lessons with Anat and enjoys learning from her. We are amazed at how happy he is during his lessons and the changes we see during and after them.

In addition to ABM lessons, Christopher works with an amazing speech therapist and attends preschool three days a week. We give thanks that he is cognitively intact and is a healthy and happy child.


We realize our journey with Christopher is progressing at a slower-pace than that of other children his age, but we are blessed to have such talented and dedicated practitioners, as well as loving and supportive family and friends as travel companions. There are so many people who have touched our lives and we will never be able to thank them. But we think of them often as we see our child thrive.

As Anat said, and we fully believe, “Christopher will lead a fulfilled life.” He already does!


Christopher’s story and the progress he has made have compelled us to become ABM practitioners. We want to offer the hope and possibilities to families of children with special needs to achieve what might otherwise seem out of reach.