Children with Down Syndrome Can Become Brilliant Learners

The human brain is built to grow, change, and organize itself. The brain puts order in our movements, thoughts, feelings, and emotions; and makes sense out of the flood of stimulation that constantly comes to it from the inside and outside. And at no time does the brain grow faster than in infancy and childhood. It’s miraculous to watch how a newborn just a few months later is able to do things and understand the world around him/her in ways that were unthinkable earlier.

The Brain of a Child with Down Syndrome

The brain of a child with Down syndrome has some challenges in doing its job. And at the same time, this child’s brain can still put order in the disorder and make sense out of the nonsense. In other words, the brain of the child with Down syndrome is also a brilliant brain. Our challenge is to help facilitate the child’s brain to do its job better. And this is completely within reach!

Wake Up Your Child’s Brain

My colleagues and I have worked with numerous children diagnosed with Down syndrome who have become magnificent learners. They have improved in remarkable ways in their ability to move, think, and interact with others. Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® defines the Nine Essentials that wake up the brain and rapidly enhance its ability to do its job well. Learn more about how to use the Nine Essentials with your child.

View the video below of a young boy with Down syndrome who learned the alphabet backwards. His mother sent us the video clip and said: “We taught him the ABCs but he decided to figure out how to say them backwards.”

From Fixing to Connecting with Your Child

If you want your child to become a brilliant learner, what we have found is that the very first thing to do with any child is to shift your own attitude from trying to fix the child to learning how to connect with the child. Discover the full potential of your child’s brain by connecting with your child.

The Story of NoraKate

View the video of NoraKate, a 2-year-old child with Down syndrome, below. This clip shows NoraKate’s progress with a few ABM lessons. When she first came to see me, she could not stand or walk.

Today, NoraKate walks independently.

Today, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day.

In recognition of this day, I invite you to share your stories with us.

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Anat Baniel