Sessions for children
I am trained in both The Feldenkrais Method and the Anat Baniel Method for children with special needs. I have been working with adults and with children with special needs since 2004.
Working with these methods can help children with a variety of issues to improve their ability to learn.
Many of the children who come to me have movement limitations, often due to a condition or a brain injury. The sessions can also be very helpful with speech difficulties and with children who have been given a spectrum diagnosis.
Here are some of the ways the sessions can be helpful:
- From the inital baby movements like turning the head, reaching and kicking to rolling, crawling, standing and walking and all the stages in between.
- Helping children more clearly to sense themselves in relation to the environment and others
- Reduce tension and pain
- Address sensory issues and oversensitivity
- Improve gross and fine motor skills
- Reduce the impact of trauma
- Gain confidence and feel calmer and more settled.
How do we work with children?
We use gentle movements and a focused/precise touch to assist children to learn what they need for their next level of development. Each lesson is a response to the child’s current capacity and ability. My aim in a session is to help each child learn, and become comfortable with, the relevant developmental steps which will assist them to go further.
In which ways can the method help children?
The method is beneficial for children with a variety of neurological, developmental and genetic conditions because it works with the nervous system’s capacity to learn given the optimum conditions. The principles of ABM are summarised in The 9 Essentials
I work with children both with and without a diagnosed condition, but frequently see children with the following diagnoses:
- Cerebral palsy
- Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL)
- Autism spectrum
- Developmental delay (diagnosed and undiagnosed)
- Regression/delay due to neurological disease or stroke
- Difficulties walking, crawling, standing, or with balance, co-ordination and other motor skills
Structuring the sessions
There are different ways to structure the sessions. Some parents come weekly or fortnightly for a period of time while others will come for an intensive group of sessions once every month or so. It is helpful to have consistancy and, at the beginning, I encourage parents to come for 8 sessions quite close together after which we can assess the progress and make a plan for how to continue.
External link to The Anat Baniel Method .