Birth defects are serious conditions that are changes to the structure of one or more parts of the body. Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States each year.

This means that approximately 120,000 babies are affected by birth defects each year.

Birth defects can affect almost any part of the body (e.g., heart, brain, foot). They may affect how the body looks, works, or both. Birth defects can vary from mild to severe.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What’s Possible for the Child with a Birth Defect?

Are you a parent, grandparent, or caregiver of a child with a brachial plexus injury, infant torticollis, or other birth injuries or defects?

Is your child suffering from limitations despite the brachial plexus treatments that s/he is getting?

Have you been told that surgery, or splints, braces, etc. are necessary and inevitable down the road?

Then, you may want to try the Anat Baniel Method℠ with your child. The Anat Baniel Method (ABM) is a NeuroMovement® approach that helps children born with brachial plexus injury, infant torticollis, and other birth defects overcome limitations and achieve successful functioning beyond the usual medical prognosis.

There are many different conditions and diagnoses that can create special challenges and every child is different.

One thing is common to all children, and that is their need for their brains to differentiate, integrate, and form well-organized patterns of movement, thought, feeling, and emotion.

How Can the Anat Baniel Method Help Children with Birth Defects?

ABM is a science-based, revolutionary approach for waking up your child’s brain, providing it with the information and conditions to thrive and to powerfully transform limitations into often surprising new possibilities. The Nine Essentials of the Method provide your child’s brain with information it requires to organize new skills. Once your child has mastered a new skill, he or she will practice it spontaneously, just as all children do.

We recommend that your child work with an Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Practitioner. ABM Practitioners work with children of all ages, from a few days old to teenagers. We use very gentle and innovative hands-on techniques that provide the brain of the child with brachial plexus injury, infant torticollis, and other birth injuries and defects with new information necessary for it to form new neural connections and patterns.

With these new patterns and possibilities, your child quickly discovers solutions that lead to great improvements, and which may lead to full functioning despite the initial structural and/or functional limitations.

The Brain Can Change at Any Age

The brain is built to be plastic; that is, changeable, at all ages. At the same time, the younger the child, or the sooner the intervention, the better.

Because children with birth defects usually have an intact brain, they learn, change, and adapt remarkably well. While it is a process, the changes often begin happening right away and are sometimes quite dramatic.

Learn more about Brachial Plexus Injury and the Anat Baniel Method.

View a video of the Anat Baniel Method and Children with Infant Torticollis.