If, like me, you are the lucky parent of a child with with Down syndrome, you probably have a desire to find ways to improve your child's quality of life, potential and social integration. For many parents, physical therapy is an essential component of their child's care plan. However, traditional physical therapy and occupational therapy may not be enough to help children with Down syndrome reach their full potential. This is where neuromovement® comes in. In this blog post, we explore the benefits of neuromovement for children with Down syndrome and how it can help their brains perceive differences and learn. I've lived this in my own experience with my son, and I've seen this work with many kids with Down syndrome!
What is the Anat Baniel Method of Neuromovement®?
Neuromovement® is a form of therapy that focuses on the brain and nervous system. It is based on the idea that the brain is constantly learning and adapting, and that movement can create new neural connections in the brain. Neuromovement® uses gentle movements and variations to stimulate the brain and improve its ability to perceive differences and learn. The goal of neuromovement® is to help the brain function at its best, which can improve physical, cognitive, and emotional functioning.
How Can Neuromovement® Benefit Children with Down Syndrome?
Children with Down syndrome often have delays in motor development, cognitive functioning, and speech development. Neuromovement can help improve these areas by stimulating the brain and creating new neural connections. For example, neuromovement can help improve balance, coordination, and posture in children with Down syndrome. Walking, jumping and running are all important milestones, and many kids with Down syndrome take a long time to learn these.
Neuromovement can also help children with Down syndrome learn new skills and improve their overall cognitive functioning. It an also help improve their ability to communicate and understand language. By creating new neural connections in the brain, neuromovement can help children learn more efficiently and effectively. This can improve their ability to learn academic skills such as reading, writing, and math.
Another benefit of neuromovement is that it can help improve the emotional well-being of children with Down syndrome. By improving their physical and cognitive functioning, neuromovement can help children feel more confident, independent, and capable. This can lead to improved self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall happiness.
How Does Neuromovement® Work?
Neuromovement® works by stimulating the brain and creating new neural connections. This is achieved through gentle movements designed to help your child develop an inner sense of differences. Each session is tailored to the individual needs of each child according to that they can already do. The practitioner works with the child to create movements that are comfortable and enjoyable, while also challenging the brain to learn new skills. It looks like play!
Neuromovement® can be done in a variety of settings, including in a clinic, at home, or in a school environment. It is an organic process that builds on each new learning. You can program intensives with a few lessons all at once for maximum learning, or regular sessions.
Neuromovement® is an innovative and science-based form of therapy that can benefit children with Down syndrome by helping their brains perceive differences and learn. By creating new neural connections in the brain, neuromovement can help improve physical, cognitive, and emotional functioning. If you are a parent of a child with Down syndrome, consider exploring Neuromovement® as a supportive approach to enhance their overall brain function. With the right support and guidance, your child can reach their full potential and thrive.
I believe that people with Down syndrome have a lifelong ability to learn. Don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions or want to schedule in-person or zoom lessons with your child.