July 20, 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 Cincinnati on August 1 and 2, 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.

Cincinnati Workshop Information

The workshop is dedicated to teaching her unique methods about how to help special needs children afflicted with chronic pain and other limitations regain full functioning.

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

When: August 1 and 2 – 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Courtyard Marriott Hamilton, Riverview Ballroom, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, OH 45011

Workshop Cost: $297 for the first adult and $197 for the second adult

Sophia Riggs - Cincinnati

Sophia Riggs – Cincinnati

Cincinnati Local Story: Jennifer and Andy Riggs and their daughter Sophia

I found out that ABM existed when Sophia was 5 weeks old and still in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I was researching on the internet to find out what HIE was. This was the term I kept hearing doctors and nurses saying, but nobody was explaining what it meant. I looked it up and found out it meant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, which essentially means brain injury. During my search I found a group of parents who also had children with HIE. It was one of those parents that told me about this method.

After talking to that parent and hearing her experience I wanted to give it a try. Sophia was released after 43 days in the NICU and we scheduled our first appointment for a block of lessons when she was just under 3 months old.

We were in our lesson for about 10 mins and I started to notice Sophia was able to track objects and Jon our practitioners face. This was amazing because she really wasn’t using her right eye at all. I also noticed Sophia was allowing Jon to touch her and move her without crying. Previously every time she was picked up or her position was changed she would cry. Sophia also could not handle to much noise, really almost everything was too much for her. After her first block of lessons, it was like Sophia woke up to her surroundings and started making sense of her world. She was calm and content and I was able to connect with her on a whole new level. It was so beautiful to see someone who really saw my child. The therapists we had seen previously didn’t really see Sophia or her potential, they were nice but they just didn’t see her, they saw her limitations.

Sophia Riggs Today - Cincinnati

Sophia Riggs Today – Cincinnati

Over the next several months we continued to see Jon and Sophia continued to transform, her vision went from a 3 on the CVI (cortical vision impairment) scale to 7.5 out of 10. Sophia’s opthalmologist told me she now doesn’t think that Sophia will have much of a vision problem. This is after a very long list of diagnosis, like nystigmas, strambismus and much more. We were asked to patch and possibly do surgery to correct her eye, but we didn’t have to after ABM. Some of the other changes have been, tolerating the car, rolling from side to side, holding her head up more, following instructions, reaching for toys, and most recently at 2 years old she began eating some food by mouth after only eating by a gtube since she was 5 weeks old.

We experienced such amazing changes that I decided to take the training myself to find out how this method works. It has been so rewarding for myself and my family. I can’t wait to share this work with those in my community!

Sophia’s mom and ABM Practitioner, Jennifer Riggs

We have been doing ABM lessons with Sophia since she was just a few months old. Instantly, I saw a difference in her eyes. She was very aware of her surroundings and seemed much more relaxed in regards to her spasticity. As we continued the lessons, she became even more aware of her body and her movements. I can immediately tell when she has had ABM lessons by the way she is more relaxed and moves with purpose. Her involuntary movements are reduced and her tone is greatly improved. I am amazed every time she has a block of lessons.

Andy Riggs

Cincinnati Local Story: Christi O’Brian and her son Gus

The Anat Baniel Method has given us our son back. The influence this work has had on him is far too great to even try to describe with words but I will try to brush the surface.

Gus O'Brien - Cincinnati

Gus O’Brien – Cincinnati

Gus wouldn’t look at or track a toy in front of his face. He didn’t hold or reach for anything. We were desperate to know what was wrong and how to help him. When Gus was 5 months old, we scheduled 6 cluster lessons of ABM over 3 days. In the very first session, within the first 5-10 minutes, it was like Gus woke up. He had laser like focus for Jon, the ABM practitioner. Our fears of him being blind were way off!! In the second lesson he turned his head from far left to far right to track a toy. By the third, he actually reached for a toy. I cried with joy!

We then traveled out to California to the ABM Center to have Anat Baniel evaluate and work with our son. We had 10 lessons while we there – two a day on the weekdays. Anat saw us for 3 of those and we saw Sylvia and Neil for the rest. Here is what happened!

Gus started holding his own bottle to feed himself. He is kicking and moving his legs much more freely. He plays using both hands so much better. His left arm and hand are working much better now.

Then the big miracle – HE ROLLED AND ROLLED AND ROLLED!!!

All about Anat Baniel

Anat Baniel’s breakthrough methods with children with special needs are recognized and applauded by parents, health 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.

Anat Baniel in Calgary - July 18, 2015

Anat Baniel in Calgary – July 18, 2015

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

“With this gentle approach we do not focus on the child’s limitations,” she says. “Rather than try to force children into developmental milestones they are not ready to do successfully, we carefully wake up the child’s 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 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.

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

More information is available at www.anatbanielmethod.com/events.

Video of Anat speaking at TEDx in Berkeley: https://youtu.be/-KZdvYxDZC8

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.