Neil Sharp and I recently went to Park City, Utah, where Tracy Meier, from the National Ability Center, and Liza Howell, a wonderful parent to a child on the autism spectrum, organized a fantastic sequence of events for us.
We did a free presentation on the Anat Baniel Method (ABM) on the first day and a one-day ABM for Children with Special Needs workshop the next.
On the third day, we worked with recreational therapists at the National Ability Center, discussing and demonstrating ways to implement the 9 Essentials in their daily work with the kids.
We worked with kids on horses and on the climbing wall…it was great fun!
The National Ability Center (NAC) is an absolutely amazing place, and these people do inspiring work with the kids!
Their mission is to empower individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs.
We loved the NAC therapists’ enthusiasm even though for some it was a challenge to learn the ABM “quiet” approach to enthusiasm. They were so open and welcoming and eager to learn, even though some of what we introduced to them was foreign and occasionally quite different than what they are used to doing.
In addition, ABM Practitioners Barbara, Andrew, and David all drove up from Colorado and did an incredible job, first supporting the events and then on Sunday, giving ABM lessons to a number of local kids.
We are looking for ways in the future to continue collaborating with the National Ability Center and hope to find powerful ways to bring the Anat Baniel Method to them. We’ll be posting more photos soon on Facebook, so please join us there: www.facebook.com/anatbanielmethod.
Check out the video below if you want to know more about the work that they do at the National Ability Center.
And, if you attended the event, please share your feedback. I’d love to hear from you!