A Child with Cerebral Palsy Learns to Walk, Talk, and Keep on Learning
NeuroMovement® Outcomes for Children with Cerebral Palsy
NeuroMovement® uses gentle movements and the 9 Essentials, which offer concrete, effective, and immediate ways to easily tap into the enormous potential of your child’s brain.
Your child’s brain will be flooded with new information, and quickly begin to form new, more effective patterns of movement, cognition, feeling, and emotion. Learn more about cerebral palsy and NeuroMovement®.
Begin Using the 9 Essentials with Your Child Today—download our free eBook:
“The Anat Baniel Method allows my daughter to continuously reach and redefine her potential: physically, cognitively, and emotionally. It is awe-inspiring to watch these transformations unfold, and to see the joy and inspiration on my child’s face as her body and her relationship with the world organize themselves in a whole new way. It is my hope that someday all special needs children and their parents will have access to this work and its benefits. This Method has not only transformed my daughter, but our entire family.”
Do You Know What Interferes with the Development of a Child with Cerebral Palsy?
Trying to make a child with cerebral palsy do what he should be doing given his age actually interferes with his process of development. This includes doing things such as:
- propping her up to sit when she cannot do it by herself
- using a “stander” to have him practice standing up
- propping her up to try and “walk”
A typically developing child will experience lots of spontaneous movements, experimenting and trying a lot of variations which are appropriate to his or her current level of development. In other words, by trying to force children with cerebral palsy to do what they can’t, we deny them the spontaneous experimentation that all children need to develop successfully.
NeuroMovement®: An Alternative Treatment with Tools for Children to Become Brilliant Learners
With NeuroMovement®, we connect with your child wherever she is at. We provide her with the many variations and experiences her brain needs in order to begin creating new patterns and possibilities.
To be truly helpful to a child with cerebral palsy, we need to back off from trying to make the child do what he can’t do.
We need to recognize the fundamental role that your child’s brain plays in learning new skills. Over 30 years, we have observed again and again how the brain has the ability to create successful solutions to challenges, if given the information that it needs.
Often in our work, we see the child with cerebral palsy become a brilliant learner and the seemingly miraculous begin to happen.
“Something great happened yesterday. My son walked out of the screened porch, down the stairs, over the brick path and across the bumpy lawn to help me plant tomatoes. This was no small feat. Twelve years ago doctors had told me that Phillip may never walk or talk.”
—Judith, Phillip’s Mom
One of our Practitioners Received This Message from the Dad of a 5-Year-Old Russian Girl with Cerebral Palsy:
He said that his daughter had such severe spasticity that it was making her scream and cry in pain a lot of times, that in five years of her life she never slept longer than a few hours, because pain and discomfort would wake her up….
Then he said they’ve started implementing NeuroMovement principles, trying to help her relax in many little different ways…instead of stretching and moving her. And he said in just three weeks, she is able to relax her legs now and that she sleeps without crying or waking up through the whole night.”
“Building a more effective and more powerful brain requires us to start where the child is, and where that brain is right now.”
—Dr. Michael Merzenich,PhD, Supporter of NeuroMovement
Next Steps: How Can You Help Your Child Overcome Limitations from Cerebral Palsy?
Start using the Essentials with your child today: Get our Free eBook How to Use the 9 Essentials with Children.
Read Anat Baniel’s book Kids Beyond Limits—download free chapters here.
Learn how to use the Essentials with one of our NeuroMovement® video programs for children with special needs.
Attend one of our NeuroMovement® Children with Special Needs Workshops.
Find a NeuroMovement® Practitioner to work with or come to the ABM Center in San Rafael, CA, for a consultation and private lessons.