Some of the most challenging questions parents of children with special needs ask themselves are:
Am I doing the right thing for my child?
Should I be doing more?
Is my child progressing?
Awaken Your Child’s Brain with the Anat Baniel Method
When trying to help children overcome their special challenges, the thing that matters most is that the their brain is awakened to its highest potential for learning. When it is and the brain is provided with information it can use, changes begin happening right away.
The child and his brain need to form the patterns that control all the movements of the body, thinking, feeling, emotions, and social interaction. All children with special challenges need to form themselves and develop skills just like typically developing children do.
Learning Should Be Empowering for Your Child
The process of learning and growth, when working well, is pleasurable and empowering for all children.
Following is what we recommend you look for in any intervention you choose for your child, whether you implement it yourself, or a professional does:
During the sessions, your child appears absorbed and pays close attention to what is being done with her.
Your child seems happy and eager to participate most, if not all of the time. Crying and resistance should be the exception.
You begin seeing some changes, perhaps small ones at first, right away. You should certainly be seeing some changes in your child after the initial three sessions. And, of course, the changes are positive ones.
Over time, you observe how the changes continue building, that your child is clearly continuing to progress. There is ongoing learning, improvement, and maturation in movement control and dexterity, cognitive functioning, emotional well-being and social adeptness, even if not all at the same time.
Your child begins doing new things at home, without being coaxed. She spontaneously does not only what she was able to do in her sessions, but also exhibits surprising new skills no one has taught her.
Expect fluctuations in the rate of change, and occasional regressions due to illness, growth spurts, your child not receiving sessions for an extended period of time when he still needs them, and the natural fluctuations in the process of learning and growth. However, if your child has hit a plateau for more than a couple or so weeks, you may want to explore more closely what might be the cause.
If your child is not progressing despite all the work being done with him, it most likely means that your child is not learning, that his brain is not able to create the new patterns and organization that will lead to progress. When this happens, we recommend you look for other ways to try and help your child, ways that provide the brain with the conditions it needs in order to do its job well.