Analiese was diagnosed in vitro at 33 weeks with a rare chromosome disorder called Trisomy 9 Mosaicism when her growth began to slow. We (or my OBGYN) had never heard of this before and we had no way of knowing what Analiese might face after birth. Although genetics did not find the trisomy in her blood, they did say if she did not begin to meet her milestones then it likely resides in her skin, her largest organ, including the brain.
Meeting her milestones was painfully slow. She did not start walking until 3. Her vestibular system was affected and her balance was unstable. She was very apprehensive to get around in her world as she lacked the confidence as to what her body could or could not do.
We were referred by a friend to Anat Baniel and I signed up for the Children with Special Needs workshop. Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement has been the best thing I have ever done with my life. I did not realize my life and body would be transformed in the process of trying to help my daughter.
I began to get intensive lessons for my daughter, and after each one, we noticed both subtle and notable changes. She started to walk more organized, her balance began to improve, her footing became more solid, and she got chattier. Her cognition continues to improve; she knows about 30 signs, and can say 6 words (is chatting regularly and making good strides with her speech therapist). She is communicating her needs really well.
She is now running all the time—it may not be perfect yet but she’s doesn’t care—she’s getting there. She has the confidence now that she was lacking, and her fine and gross motor skills have really improved this last year, along with her nervous system.
I graduated from the ABM International Practitioner Training Program in June and have a year of Children’s Mastery Workshops to go. I feel so privileged to be part of this work and to help others as well as my own family and friends. I never intended for this training to become a career but now can’t see myself doing anything else. Anything else would pale in comparison. This Method uses the Nine Essentials, which are tools that help us become more aware of how we can maximize our potential in our own lives and our children’s lives.
My daughter is a very happy little girl; she loves all people and animals unconditionally. She is a beautiful spirit and teaches me new things every day. Our lives are filled with hope and the possibilities are endless. We find the joy in each day, in the little and big things. I’ve stopped trying to ‘fix’ her, which in turn, allows her to flourish.
—Jennifer, Analiese’s Mom
Jennifer Stacks is a Certified ABM NeuroMovement® Practitioner in Orange County, California. You can contact Jennifer at movementmatters.me or call 714-915-9026.