Following in the footsteps of the revolutionary scientist-clinician Moshe Feldenkrais, the greatest thinker about how to improve movement in the 20th Century, Baniel shows why our mainstream approach to these children [with special needs] is often wrong, and at times damaging, because they train children to “ape” developmental milestones they are not developmentally ready to meet. 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, and time after time, I have seen children whose parents were told their brain-damaged children would never walk, or talk, or be able to think well or regulate themselves, begin to do just that with this gentle technique. I have seen the peace on the faces of these children as their minds and plastic brains suddenly begin to integrate what they have learned for the first time, the explosion of joy at their first steps and watched them grow and become more independent. Baniel is a master clinician for children with special needs, especially creative with brain-damaged children.
~ Norman Doidge, MD, author of The Brain That Changes Itself; Faculty University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry, and Research Faculty, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
Anat’s brilliant and bold Method of teaching led me to the realization that much of what I had taken for granted as the foundation of rehabilitation medical science was neither scientific nor even logical. Her Method is literally a new paradigm from which to understand human movement, human learning, and ultimately human destiny. The Method is effective where other treatments have not been, and it is at times almost miraculously effective where medical science has either given up, or where, out of desperation, painful and often counterproductive measures have become the standard of care. The obvious truth from my medical perspective is that her Method should be widely known.
~ Christopher Ryan, M.D., Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Holistic Medicine
The theory underlying Anat’s work is scientifically based, as well as it is a new paradigm. As a medical doctor, I am trained to observe and make sense out of what I see. What Anat does makes complete sense. How she does it is inspiring and often ingenious. I hope to see her knowledge benefit as many people, children and adults, as possible.
~ Cheryl Cooper, M.D., O.D., Mother of a child with special needs
Over the years, I have had many discussions with Anat regarding her theoretical understanding underlying her work. I’m very impressed with the thoroughness of her integration of neurology and human action. It is innovative and makes perfect sense. I think Anat’s book is going to be very important.
~ Lawrence Epstein, Ph.D., Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute for Psychoanalysis in New York City
Dr. Julie Reardon, an Integrative Medicine Physician
Dr. Reardon shares her experience with an Anat Baniel Method Workshop. Read the blog post here: The Center for Possibilities and Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Michael Merzenich, Neuroscientist, Author of Soft-Wired, Professor Emeritus at UCSF, and Pioneer in Brain Plasticity Research
View a video clip of Dr. Merzenich speaking about the Anat Baniel Method at the book launch of Kids Beyond Limits by Anat Baniel: