Having a child with special needs puts enormous demands on the parent and other caregivers. It creates extraordinary challenges that none of us are ever prepared to take on. Anat Baniel suggest “Don’t let fear and uncertainty dictate either the goals you set for your child or the path you take in trying to help him or her attain those goals.” There are ways to harness the extraordinary capacity of the brain to re-wire itself for healing. Anat Baniel has created an extraordinary and effective process that leads to the improvement of brain functioning and that, in turn, translates to an improvement in motor and cognitive skills of the special needs child or adult. She has found the key to engaging the miraculous capacities of the brain to change and heal. She has found ways to access the brain’s own plasticity and has demonstrated over and over seemingly miraculous transformations. She says, “When the brain gets information it needs it will organize that information . . . [and it] starts forming new connection at a ridiculously fast pace.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Anat Baniel was born in Israel and worked with the great master of movement Moshe Feldenkrais, who frequently taught classes in her parents’ home. She has established an international reputation for her work with children with special needs. A clinical psychologist who, since the early 1980s, has refined her method for working with children and now runs the Anat Baniel Method facility in Marin county in Northern California.
She’s the author of:
- Kids Beyond Limits: The Anat Baniel Method for Awakening the Brain and Transforming the Life of Your Child With Special Needs (Perigee Books 2012)
To learn more abou the work of Anat Baniel go to www.anatbanielmethod.com.
Topics Explored in This Dialogue
- What does Baniel do that is different from physical therapy and psychological work
- What is the first step in turning on the “learning switch” in a special needs child
- Why is movement considered the language of the brain
- Why repetitive movement does not make changes in the brain and hinders learning
- Why “tummy time” was a misconception in the placement of babies
- Why we need to slow our actions down. In going fast we can only do what we already know
- What is the difference between stimulation and information
- Why imagination is a huge marker of health in the human brain