Breakthrough Treatment for Autism in Children with NeuroMovement®
The Anat Baniel Method® (ABM) NeuroMovement® is a breakthrough approach in the understanding and treatment for autism in children. The job of the brain is to put order in the disorder and to make sense out of the nonsense: to organize movement, cognition, emotion, and interpersonal relations. The brain of the child on the autism spectrum has great difficulty in doing so.
Often times, these children are described as being clumsy, having a hard time connecting with others, or being unable to speak, read, and write. They seem to be in “their own world.”
ABM NeuroMovement® is a science-based approach supported by neuroplasticity (brain change) research. To help the child on the autism spectrum, we need to help the child’s brain to do its job better.
We see autism as a disruption in the brain’s ability to perceive differences, which disrupts the brain’s ability to differentiate, i.e., create new connections in the brain that would lead to integration of new skills and a healthy process of development—physical, cognitive, social, and emotional.
This disruption can be observed in the way children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) move from as early as three months old. Children diagnosed with ASD vary from the norm in how they roll over, crawl, and sit up, doing so with greatly reduced differentiation (Teitelbaum, 1998; Phagava et al, 2008; Segawa, 2010).
Through the 9 Essentials, we wake up the brain of the child with ASD and help the child to begin to be able to differentiate in order to coordinate movement well; to be able to understand and speak, read, and write; and to manifest more and more the brilliant child s/he was born to be.
I think the Anat Baniel Method and Kids Beyond Limits has a great contribution to make to our collective practical efforts to make the best lives possible for children with autism—and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.
—Dr. Martha Herbert, MD, Neuro-Pediatrician Mass General, Author of The Autism Revolution, PhD Clinical Psychology, Harvard University
Autism Spectrum Disorder Starts As a Perception / Movement Disorder
We contend that ASD starts as a perception/ movement disorder (Chester and Calhoun, 2012) which leads to the typical symptoms in the areas of cognition, communication, and behavior. The movement disorder itself results from a disruption in the fundamental underlying neurological process of differentiation in the brain (Merzenich, 2003).
With insufficient differentiation, the brain does not have enough of the necessary underlying neuro networks to achieve successful learning.
Scientists have defined the ‘rules’ governing brain plasticity. We now know how to drive brains to change for the better. It has been a great wonder to me, then, that my friend Anat Baniel, working in parallel along a completely different path, has defined almost exactly the same rules.
—Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD, Father of Neuroplasticity, Author of Soft-Wired, and Winner of 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience
Watch a 21-month-old child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder being able to make more sense of his world in his first session with Anat Baniel.
After the first session working with Anat Baniel, Jonathan’s parents reported significant changes in his behavior. After two weeks of sessions he was eating much better, talking a lot more, and interacting and playing with his brother and other children. After his mother’s testimonial, you see a short clip of Jonathan working with Anat six weeks later in the ABM Practitioner Training Program.
The approach here, far wiser, far more subtle, truly holistic, far more ingenious, far more in accord with how brain development occurs, shows ways to access the child’s own brain plasticity and yields far greater results, so that the children can spontaneously grow from within.I know because I have observed Baniel’s little patients on multiple visits…
—Norman Doidge, MD, PhD, Author of The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing
ABM Treatment for Autism in Children and the Autism Spectrum Disorder—From Fixing to Connecting
The ABM approach to treatment for autistic children and those on the autism spectrum is very different from traditional approaches. Rather than try to fix the child’s behavior directly, we understand that in order to help the child with ASD, we need to somehow awaken and support the brain’s ability to differentiate and create new connections that will be integrated into effective patterns.
Learn more in Chapter 2 “From Fixing to Connecting” of Anat Baniel’s book Kids Beyond Limits.
The only therapeutic approach we tried with Sawyer besides joining (and we tried many) in which I had any real confidence was the Anat Baniel Method.
—William, father of Sawyer (12-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder)
Read the complete post from this father who discovered how to connect with his autistic child.