Success Stories From Parents

Below are several success stories about infants and children who have used Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® to overcome their challenges after experiencing a stroke. We have worked with strokes in children, stroke in newborns, stroke in babies, stroke in infants, and children who suffered in utero stroke.

We have also worked with children and teenagers with severe brain damage and extreme limitations who experienced transformational and life-changing results. Their mobility, speech, cognitive, and social capabilities increased dramatically. Their brain mapped more of their bodies giving them more freedom and control in their action, and a fuller sense of self and personal empowerment. Learn more about children and strokes.

We have had similar results with adults. (See strokes in adults.)


Elise suffered a stroke shortly after birth and was unable to speak, use her left hand, or walk until she began getting lessons in the Anat Baniel Method. Today Elise sang part of the “I Love You” song from Barney for the very first time. Pretty incredible considering that 4 months ago she only uttered vowels. She lifted and opened her hamper with her left (previously paralyzed) hand and placed her clothing in the hamper with her right hand. She couldn’t do any of that one month ago. She is now sliding down short slides sitting upright and centered. We’re getting there!

—Heather, mother of Elise


Isaac was born five weeks premature and on his 30th day of life contracted meningitis and suffered seizures and a stroke. Isaac was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and left visual field impairment. We began taking him to physical therapy which was a miserable experience for us. At five months Isaac had his first session with Anat. She told me that despite Isaac’s brain trauma he was fundamentally healthy and had every chance of developing normally. I found it hard to believe. This was contrary to what all the medical professionals were telling me but decided to work exclusively with the Anat Baniel Method. Even though it was a long road, she was right! Today, Isaac is a healthy, intelligent, and happy boy in first grade; he speaks three languages; and has no problems with vision. He walks, runs, and keeps growing.

—Rosemary, mother of Isaac


Lucas is a beautiful five-year-old boy, full of vitality and curiosity. However, he has not always been that way. Lucas was born with a congenital heart defect that required immediate surgery after birth, and then suffered a massive stroke. We first heard about the Anat Baniel Method when Lucas was about two-and-a-half years old. At that point, he had already been in the therapeutic system for two years and we were told that it was very likely that Lucas would never walk unassisted and not talk. Therapy was an incredibly traumatic experience for Lucas. We decided to take Lucas for a visit with Anat Baniel. Lucas was and continues to be absolutely transformed by the work of Anat and the practitioners that she has trained. Lucas has surpassed all of the highest hopes we held for him. He can walk, run, talk and play just as any “normal” child can. He went from a fearful, withdrawn child to one who takes on every challenge he can find! He loves life! He is a brilliant child, and it was the Anat Baniel Method that helped him to recognize his brilliance again.

—Jackie and Lee, mother and father of Lucas


Our son Conan was born at 27 weeks and sustained a grade IV bleed in his brain. Doctors told us it was practically certain he would develop cerebral palsy. He started receiving Anat Baniel Method sessions from Zahava Wilson at 3 months, and today, at five years old, his neurologist is amazed that he has no signs or symptoms of cerebral palsy. We are so grateful.

—Betsy, mother of Conan