If you are the parent of a child with special needs, you are a very special parent. You are facing challenges over and above the already enormous task of raising a child.
What’s the best way to provide help for children with special needs?
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.
Helping Your Child with Special Needs
It can be tempting to try to tackle a child’s limitations by trying to “fix” them, be that by repeatedly “stretching” tight muscles, by repeated behavioral conditioning, or by trying to get a child to sit, stand, walk, or talk when he can’t do it.
The greatest potential for transformation, though often difficult to grasp, 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.
It is of utmost importance to understand that the neuro-physiological processes in the brain of the typically developing child which lead to successful learning and growth are the exact same neuro-physiological processes that need to occur, and can occur, in the brain of the child with special needs.
The Anat Baniel Method Starts Where Your Child Is At
With the Anat Baniel Method®, we back off from trying to mechanically force the child to do what she can’t, because we know that if she could, she would. Instead, we begin working with the child where she is.
We use very gentle movements, making sure the child is comfortable and paying attention to what she or he feels. Such movements with attention, along with the other eight Essentials, flood the brain with new information it needs in order to create solutions that transcend the child’s current limitations.
Your Child’s Future Depends on Learning
Every child’s future depends on learning. The brain shapes and structures itself constantly in response to its experiences. We want these experiences to provide the child ‘s brain with lots of new information that is positive and useful.
Nine Essentials Provide Your Child’s Brain with Conditions for Learning
Rather than drilling the child in a repetitious way, the Nine Essentials provide the brain with information it requires to organize new skills. Once the child has mastered a new skill, he or she will practice it spontaneously, just as all children do.
The Essentials are easy to implement in daily life, creating the conditions for the brain of the child with special needs to become the amazing learning machine it can be and which it needs to be. Learn more about the Essentials in Kids Beyond Limits.
Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Practitioners work with children of all ages, from a few days old to teenagers. 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 after a trauma, the better.
View videos of children with special needs using the Anat Baniel Method on our ABM YouTube Channel.