Does My Child Have Special Needs?

There are great variations in the way children develop. Some are quick to reach the main developmental milestones, while others take longer. Some skip certain milestones altogether, yet end up becoming successful and healthy adults. Healthy babies and young children change constantly. Their brains are engaged in an incredibly rapid process of growth and learning. What is important to look for is that your child is curious, interested in its surrounding, moving a lot, responding to other people, changing and learning. This is how she or he will reach one milestone after another.

When the child has an obvious problem or illness, it would normally be diagnosed by the child’s physician and will trigger the process of looking for ways to help the child in his or her development. If you have concerns regarding your child’s health, or development, the first place to check is with your child’s physician.

There are times when parents feel that “something is not quite right” but can’t quite define what it is. They may begin wondering and asking: “Is there a problem with my child? Is he or she developmentally delayed?”

If you have such a concern regarding your child, it is very likely that your child is doing just fine. With the growing awareness of “developmental milestones”, many parents get concerned when their child is not doing what the charts say they should be doing at a given age. At the same time it is important that you take your concern seriously and find out whether those concerns are valid or not.

In over thirty years of working with children with special needs, very often the parents told me that they felt, early on, that something was not quite right with their child. But when they asked their doctor about it, they were told that they are just overly anxious and that nothing was the matter, or they were told to just wait and see.

With the Anat Baniel Method we understand that if the child has special challenges, even if not clearly diagnosable, the sooner the intervention, the better. When a child has special challenges, their brain still grows and forms patterns, including limiting and disorganized patterns of movement, thought, feeling and emotion due to their condition. Instead of waiting and allowing for the patterns of limitation to form, we can help the child’s brain be more successful in its process of learning. Waiting for proof that something is the matter may result in needing to tackle much greater challenges later on.

In the Anat Baniel Method Center, when we work with children whose parents have such “vague” concerns, almost always we find that the parents’ intuition was right and these children did benefit from getting a few sessions.