The Anat Baniel Method for Children transforms the way children with special needs learn. Dr. Goldman Schuyler has been a close associate of Anat Baniel since 1999, and assists her in training new practitioners as well as working directly with children. The work with children is based on the understanding that many diseases of childhood interrupt the normal conversation that needs to take place between the child's brain and the world around it. This method recognizes that the brain does not learn through repetition alone, nor does it respond positively to being forced.
By replicating the remarkable ways that healthy children explore, children with disabilities can learn new varieties of movement and use their natural curiosity to help them explore their world in new ways. Even small changes in movement learning enhance global changes in children's functional abilities. Many detailed stories written by parents can be downloaded from the Anat Baniel method web site, where videos can be viewed (online or downloaded) that show the method in action.
A Free Children's Clinic is available to introduce parents to the power of the Anat Baniel Method for children with developmental disabilities.
Many parents report that the first changes they see include:
- Improved mood
- Better sleep
- Greater comfort
- Increased alertness and awareness of their surroundings
As children "wake up" to themselves, their experiences in and outside of the lessons provide a variety of information that their brain organizes.
Functional changes that have been seen as children continue the work include:
- More effortless movements
- Better balance
- Improved ability to move; crawl, walk, run, jump, reach
- Greater problem solving skills
- Improved speech
Children with many different types of developmental disabilities have been helped by the Anat Baniel Method for Children, including Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X, Multiple Sclerosis, Periventricular Leukomalacia. The Method also has made a huge difference for children who were injured during the birth process or were born prematurely.
Kathryn Goldman and Anat Baniel
with a child during a training program