Help For Children With Special Needs with NeuroMovement®

Is your child’s progress slower than you would like?
Has your child received a diagnosis or prognosis that is frightening or confusing?
Are you searching for new possibilities for your child?

As challenging as the situation may be, there is a remarkable resource that has the potential to dramatically improve the path of your child’s development—physical, cognitive, emotional, and social. That resource is your child’s amazing brain.

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How Can NeuroMovement® Help Children with Special Needs?

With this gentle approach we focus on your child’s abilities, not her or his limitations. NeuroMovement® and the 9 Essentials utilize brain plasticity science and positive brain change to create new connections in your child’s brain. This often leads to spontaneous, extraordinary breakthroughs in movement, thinking, self-regulation, and connection with others.

“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 brain plasticity and yields far greater results.” —Norman Doidge, MD, Author of The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing

Click here to read why Dr. Doidge supports this Method.

Wake Up Your Child’s Brain with NeuroMovement®

Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® is a science-based approach for waking up your child’s brain, providing it with the information and conditions to grow, develop. and thrive. With over 30 years of experience working with children of all ages and a variety of conditions, we have seen children overcome many limitations and experience surprising new possibilities! Learn more about this Method in Anat Baniel’s book Kids Beyond Limits.

autism spectrum disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder

With NeuroMovement, children diagnosed on the autism spectrum (ASD) begin moving, thinking, interacting, and feeling better!

cerebral palsy
Cerebral Palsy

Children with cerebral palsy form new, more effective patterns of movement, cognition, feeling, and emotion with NeuroMovement.

attention deficit disorder
ADHD in Children

Children diagnosed with ADHD improve their speech, reasoning, reading and writing, social functioning, thinking, and coordination.

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Brain Injury and Stroke

Children with brain injuries or strokes become happier, improve academically, and develop more independent and satisfying lives.

genetic disorders
Genetic Disorders

Children with genetic disorders will form new neural connections that help them move past their limitations and experience new possibilities.

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Birth Defects

Children born with torticollis and a wide variety of birth defects overcome limitations and often achieve full, or almost full, functioning with NeuroMovement.

undiagnosed developmental delays
Undiagnosed Developmental Delays

Children who have undiagnosed developmental delays become more effective and powerful learners, irrespective of a diagnosis.


Children who have scoliosis experience reduced pain, more flexibility and strength in their backs, better and easier breathing, and enhanced vitality and well-being.

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Brachial Plexus Injury

Children who have brachial plexus injuries often experience breakthrough results by taking advantage of the brain’s ability to change and to “map” the affected arm, despite the injury.

Elizabeth and Anat Baniel

The Story of Elizabeth, a Child Who Was Born Missing a Portion of Her Brain

Anat Baniel and Elizabeth

“Elizabeth has been a decisive influence in my career. Over and over again, I witnessed the power of her brain to change in the face of seemingly insurmountable limitations and I realized that if it is possible for one person, it is possible for others. Through a gradual process, over many years, I have defined the conditions the brain requires for powerful brain change—what I call the 9 Essentials. I evolved what I learned from Dr. Feldenkrais and my own experience into a coherent approach that I now call Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement.” —Anat Baniel

Anat Baniel’s introduction to children with special needs began when she met a 13-month baby named Elizabeth in September of 1980. During this time, Anat was working with her teacher and mentor Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais.

Elizabeth was born missing a third of her cerebellum. Doctors diagnosed Elizabeth with global brain damage and said would never learn to walk or talk. Her prognosis was very bleak.

However, after working with Anat over many years, Elizabeth went on to walk, talk, and go to college, receiving two Master’s degrees. And she was able to dance at her wedding!


Praise From Our Parents

Children who have experienced breakthrough results with NeuroMovement®

Laird and His Mom

a boy with severe cerebral palsy

“Laird is now reading, he’s adding numbers, he’s close to crawling and sitting, he’s feeding himself, and he’s talking a lot more. We have Anat Baniel Method to thank for all that he can do.”

Nash plays ball
Allie, Wyatt, and Nash

a boy with global brain damage

Nash has progressed so far and he started walking before his 3rd birthday! This is not the end of his story…his parents recognize that there are unlimited possibilities for Nash in his future.

Joshua learns to walk
Joshua and His Mom

a boy with spastic diplegia and autism

“Joshua’s prognosis was that he was an extremely precarious walker…and eventually, he would lose the ability to walk. He started doing ABM…and yesterday, he walked off the airplane!”


Helping Your Child with Special Needs Become a Brilliant Learner

It can be tempting to try to tackle children’s limitations by trying to “fix” them, by repeatedly “stretching” tight muscles or by trying to get them to sit, stand, walk, or talk when they can’t do it.

The greatest potential for transformation is not in trying to make children do what they can’t, but in finding ways to help each child’s brain differentiate and spontaneously discover how to go beyond his or her limitations.

Science shows that the brain has a remarkable potential to create alternative solutions to physical and mental disabilities. The key is providing the right conditions and information for this to happen.

NeuroMovement Is About Connecting with Your Child

Rather than focus on the limitations of your child, we connect with your child wherever she is at. We don’t try to make her fit into traditional “milestones.”

Instead, we focus on what he CAN do. The emphasis is on the brain of your child, helping it become the incredible learning machine it was built to be. We use very gentle movements, making sure your child is comfortable and paying attention to what he feels. Movement with Attention, along with the other eight Essentials, flood the brain with new information it needs in order to create solutions that transcend your child’s current limitations. Learn more about NeuroMovement and the 9 Essentials.

brain development in children
How to Promote Child Development

How can you best support and promote child development that is in harmony with how your child’s brain is designed to grow?

from fixing to connecting with your child
From Fixing to Connecting with Your Child

The most powerful way to get the brain’s attention and to wake it up to create new possibilities is to move from fixing to connecting more with your child.

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How We Work with Your Child & What to Expect

Our approach is very gentle, using movements and the 9 Essentials that help your child’s brain to wake up and grow, learn, and evolve.


NeuroMovement®: The 9 Essentials

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