September 16, 2015 – Special Local Family Personal Health — Event Advisory – Opportunity for Interview

World renowned creator of the field of NeuroMovement and best selling author of Kids Beyond Limits, Anat Baniel, will be holding a special one day workshop on NeuroMovement for Children with Special Needs in Maui on October 3 and Honolulu on October 4, 2015.

Anat Baniel is renowned for her success working with people of all walks of life young and old, afflicted with severely disabling diseases or injuries, regain vitality and their ability to pursue their dreams. Her methods are based on current understanding of brain plasticity (brain change) principles from which she has developed powerful practical applications that can be used by anyone.

In particular, she specializes in helping children and infants with developmental difficulties achieve goals never thought possible by their medical professionals. She has helped war veterans with severe injuries as well as world class musicians with repetitive motion injuries, and athletes to overcome injuries and reach new levels of performance and regain full and active careers.

Her techniques and achievements are recognized by medical professionals worldwide.

Hawaii Special Needs Workshop Information

The workshops are dedicated to teaching unique methods about how to help special needs children afflicted with chronic pain and other limitations regain full functioning. Participants learn the remarkable capacity of the brain to change physically, emotionally, and cognitively. This is hands on- learning how to reduce your child’s stress, pain and limitation, and increase everyone’s well-being and joy as your child begins to improve in new ways. Professionals will learn techniques for breakthrough outcomes with their clients.

Maui Workshop

What: NeuroMovement for Children with Special Needs Workshop with Anat Baniel

When: October 3, 2015 9 am to 5 pm

Where: Maui Beach Hotel, Elleair Rainbow Ballroom, 170 Kaahumanu Avenue Kahului, Hawaii

Local contact for more info: Ivana Gadient Email or 808-264-3976 Tel.

Workshop Cost: $125 per adult

Honolulu Workshop

When: October 4, 2015 9 am to 5 pm

Where: Honolulu Hawaii IMIN International Conference Center, East West Center, Keoni Auditorium, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848

Local contact for more info: Mika Keaulii – Email or 808-721-1773 Tel.

Workshop Cost: $125 per adult

Local Maui Story: Ivana Gadient and Her Daughter Jewel

Jewel Gadient was born three months prematurely. She was intubated for 51 days and her start in life was filled with traumatic experiences, blood transfusions, and over 27 medications just in the early weeks of her life. Jewel was not developing as her sisters were and she was eventually given the diagnosis of cerebral palsy with spastic quadriparensis, dystonia and choreoathetoid movements.

Jewel Gadient and NeuroMovement

Jewel Gadient, daughter of Ivana Gadient, ABM Practitioner, Maui, Hawaii

Although I worked hard to nurse Jewel and give her the best therapy, it was just not enough. Ten years of traditional therapy of P/T, SLT, O/T was just not able to help Jewel make gains.

When Jewel was eleven, I found out that a traveling ABM practitioner was coming to Oahu, HI, so I flew there to try out an intensive and Jewel responded to this NeuroMovement approach, and we never looked back. We went to California to the ABM Center where Jewel whispered, ‘Thank you God,’ after Anat worked on her.

Jewel’s injuries to her brain left her with a lot of pain in her life both day and night, and our nights were filled with tears from her pain, spasticity, and frustration. ABM seemed to help her nervous system enough for her to settle down and her sleep started improving and so did her ability to eat, and learn. After her intensive in California she stopped fisting. With more lessons, her speech improved as has her vision. Her pain has diminished and the integrity of her skeletal structure has improved and stabilized with continued ABM lessons. Her brain is changing as is her quality of life, and her ability to keep learning is changing her world. I am very thankful that I found ABM, even at eleven years.

My wish is for all parents to know about this method and its ability to reach our children. I am very happy that I made the choice to check out ABM when I did. Jewel keeps learning and growing as her quality of life keeps changing for the better.

Ivana Gadient, ABM Practitioner, Maui, Hawaii

Local Honolulu Story: Kaipo Keaulii and His Mother Mika Keaulii

Kaipo Keaulii was born on May 11, 2010, after a normal, healthy pregnancy and under normal, healthy conditions. At the age of 7 months, however, he contracted the virus RSV which caused a heart failure episode and seizures, resulting in brain damage. He is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and cortical visual impairment.

Mika and Kaipo Keaulii and NeuroMovement

Kaipo Keaulii and his mother Mika Keauli, Honolulu, Hawaii

Kaipo was placed in Early Intervention soon after discharge from the hospital and began physical therapy sessions twice a week with Leeward Early Childhood Services, as well as monthly physical therapy sessions at Tripler Army Medical Center. With their help over the next eighteen months, he was able to regain the skills he had lost: holding his head up, rolling front to back and back to front, and propping himself on his elbows in the prone position. However, he was not able to advance beyond these skills.

Frustrated with the lack of progression past these skills, and wondering what the future of my child could look like, I started reading books on cerebral palsy and physical therapy. One night, I went to YouTube and searched for “Cerebral Palsy” and found a video of Anat Baniel working with a boy, Carter, with cerebral palsy. The transformation that happened literally before my eyes was astounding. I quickly googled “Anat Baniel” and found her website and contacted them for a referral to an ABM Practitioner in Hawaii. Unfortunately, that person had moved away from Hawaii to Washington. Since we were planning a trip to Tucson, Arizona, to visit family, I got a referral to an ABM Practitioner in Tucson and we scheduled three sessions with her. She connected me with another ABM Practitioner who visits Hawaii each year and we were able to schedule sessions with her, as well as other ABM Practitioners that have come to Hawaii for working vacations. We have also taken Kaipo to the Anat Baniel Method Center in San Rafael for lessons with Anat and her staff.

One of the most noticeable changes was the uncrossing of his eyes. After he came home from the hospital, he preferred to keep his eyes closed most of the time and when they were open, they were often looking in different directions – one eye turned in while the other looked around. After a week-long “intensive” session with Anat and her team, we saw that his eyes had “uncrossed” and were focusing and moving in tandem. Since then, he has kept his eyes open while awake and is using his vision to look for objects. His vision is still not perfect, and his peripheral vision appears to be best so he often turns his head to the side or looks out the side of his eyes. But he is able to locate a toy and reach for it with success.

As we’ve learned with this method, there is no “big change” or “small change” – only “change.” How big or small it is depends on your expectation. After every ABM session, we notice changes and each of these changes allow for other changes, and the culmination of these changes results in that “big change” that many parents are looking for. Other progress he’s made includes: commando crawling, pivoting on the floor in the prone position, reaching for toys, answering “yes” or “no” to questions, saying “Mama,” “Dada,” “more,” feeding himself with a fork, drinking from a straw, playing with toys purposefully, propelling himself in a wheelchair or dynamic stander, pulling himself up to a standing position, giving hugs and kisses…the list goes on. And each of these changes are celebrated, because it proves he can change and he can learn…which is what the Anat Baniel Method is all about.

He is truly a happy child.

Mika Keauli, Honolulu, Hawaii

About the Anat Baniel Method

Anat Baniel in Calgary - July 18, 2015

Anat Baniel in Calgary – July 18, 2015

Anat Baniel’s breakthrough methods are recognized and applauded by parents, health and medical professionals, and those at the cutting edge of the neurosciences. Her techniques are being enthusiastically endorsed by leading brain scientists, medical doctors, and others in the helping professions.

She has developed a science-based approach that focuses on the brain and its remarkable abilities to change and learn. She uses gentle movements and a carefully developed set of Nine Essentials together to help people to overcome their limitations.

“With this gentle approach we do not focus on the person’s limitations,” she says. “Rather than try to force people into developmental milestones they are not ready to do successfully, we carefully wake up the brain to create new connections, often at a staggering rate, leading to spontaneous, often extraordinary breakthroughs in movement, thinking, self-regulation, and connection with others.”

Baniel believes that the greatest potential for transformation, though often difficult to grasp, is not in trying to make people do what they can’t, but in finding ways to help each persons’s brain differentiate and spontaneously discover how to go beyond his or her limitations.

Maui NeuroMovement Workshop

Honolulu NeuroMovement Workshop

Anat Baniel is the author of two books Move Into Life and Kids Beyond Limits.

More information is available at

Video of Anat speaking at TEDx in Berkeley:

Anat Baniel’s work is supported by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of My Stroke of Insight, Dr. Martha Herbert, author of The Autism Revolution, Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain’s Way of Healing, Dr. Michael Merzenich, author of Soft-Wired, Dr. Mark Waldman, author of Why We Believe What We Believe, and many others.