Unlocking the learning brain of Children on the Autism Spectrum
Are you parent to a child who has been diagnosed autistic or on the autism spectrum (ASD)? Are you looking for ways to help them become better learners, navigate school and society and live up to their true potential? Have you tried many therapies, such as occupational therapy, ABA, physiotherapy or medication, unsuccessfully?
The Anat Baniel Method® of NeuroMovement® may just be the missing piece to unlock your child's learning ability.
Movement and learning
Learning, as a fundamental brain function, is often impaired in children on the autism spectrum due to sensory issues, processing delays and challenges in social mediation.
Learning requires the perception of differences between one signal and another. If your child struggle to acquire some skills, it is because, somehow, their brain does not recognize, distinguish or process the differences required to learn that skill.
In the Anat Baniel Method® of Neuromovement®, I will work with your child to give them opportunities to perceive increasingly complex and subtle differences. I do this by exploring their body's own movement in a way that is non-threatening and attention-building.
Calming the nervous system
For many children on the autism spectrum, learning and social situations are sources of stress. Under these conditions, learning and skill acquisition is nearly impossible. Children who have tics or stimming behaviours have developed these habits out of perfectly natural nervous system adaptations to an environment they perceive as stressful.
To help your child prepare for learning, NeuroMovement® first creates the ideal conditions required by the nervous system. I do this by promoting slow, attentive and connected movement, and by never forcing a child to perform a task they are not already able to do. I do not seek to "fix" autism, or your child; I connect with them in ways that are meaningful to them. By meeting them where they are, we are able to guide them in a continuous learning process and to empower brain change.
The results are often surprising: as children become more self-aware, they are increasingly able to connect to others, acquire new skills and reach new levels of well-being. This has impacts on the whole family.
How is NeuroMovement® different from other autism therapies?
Ever notice how the conventional occupational therapists, or ABA therapists seem to approach your child from the angle of their limitations? Or maybe you've noticed that all the conventional methods require endless drilling and repetition for the slightest learning.
Is your child happy during therapy? I know my child wasn't happy when physiotherapists tried to stand him up, or force him into uncomfortable positions. Until he was ready that is... So if your child is crying or nervous, or exhibiting meltdowns during therapy, then maybe it's time to try something else.
Under stress, a child will learn nothing. Or worse, they will learn that whatever you are trying to teach them is synonymous with pain and suffering. Trust that, under the right conditions, your child would do what you ask if they could.
I work with your child from the angle of possibilities. In every state, wherever your child is, there is ALWAYS possibility. By working with them in ways that help them see what they CAN do, what they CAN be, they develop the safety and confidence to learn. And because movement is the language of the brain, exploring movement with a child - especially a child with autism spectrum challenges - helps them upgrade their brain for all types of learning.
Whether your child is experiencing motor challenges or not, stimming, social contact issues, learning and attention deficits, verbal or non-verbal, movement is a language all humans understand. Give your child the gift of a free, learning brain.