We’re still teaching classes Fridays at 11am at the Steele Lane Community Center.
“…think of your brain as the CEO of you. It manages all that you do — physically, emotionally and intellectually. For the healthy child, as well as the child with special challenges, the information his or her “CEO” brain needs in order to learn something new does not come from directly trying to perform what it doesn’t yet have the information to perform. Instead, the necessary information comes from many small and varied movements and experiences that may seem completely unrelated to the final accomplishment. With the healthy child these movements are always within the range of what he or she can already do. The brain of the child with special challenges requires the same process to be able to learn and thrive!”
The lessons we’re teaching will help you find and release tension in your chest, make bending and reaching easier, and explore moving from lying to sitting more gracefully. It’d be great to see you there. Please pass this along if you know someone else who might be interested.
Pre-registration required, space is limited.
Date: October 8, 2011. 2-4 pm
Location: New School Aikido, Santa Rosa
Cost: Sliding scale $25 – $35.
Two of California’s largest health insurers have agreed to pay for costly behavioral therapy for thousands of autistic children — services the companies have long resisted covering.
Under pressure from regulators, Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross said they would pick up the initial cost of a treatment known as applied behavior analysis.
I’m not familiar with applied behavior analysis, but I have seen what ABM can do for children. (And it’s nothing less than amazing). Wouldn’t it be great if parents could use their insurance to choose the treatment that would give their children the best chance at a happy, healthy life?
The Anat Baniel Method (ABM) is suitable for people diagnosed with a range of neurological conditions, including cerebral palsy. It uses a gentle, non-medical, learning-based approach to help the brain of the person utilise its natural plasticity to form new neural connections and patterns that take them beyond their current limitations. While it is a continual process, changes begin happening right away and are occasionally quite dramatic.
Movement and enhanced awareness of self are the main tools used for communicating with the brain, and the therapy is conducted very much with the brain and learning in mind. The work done through movement is aimed at facilitating the brain to learn new functions and new ways of acting. So the way of working is a little different to more physically directed therapies such as physiotherapy. Rather than work on the body to produce direct body change, the ABM teacher works through gentle body movements to provide information to the person’s brain which then, in turn, gets the body to change. It is a significant difference and one which means the therapy focuses on increased function and ability of the whole person in areas such as turning, crawling or walking.