do you have a CHILd WITH SPECIAL NEEDS?
CERTIFIED ANAT BANIEL METHOD® NEUROMOVEMENT® PRACTITIONER, PTA
“I work with special needs children that are challenged in their ability to move, learn, and connect. I help them overcome their limitations allowing for breakthroughs in movement, learning, and connection with others.” -Mauricio Herrador
A child’s brain, regardless of its limitations and challenges, is always prime territory for making new neural connections. The science of neuroplasticity has demonstrated time and again that the brain is plastic, or that it can change, for the better. We need only to feed it meaningful information in a relevant functional context; for the brain to learn and perform a function well, it needs to gather all the little pieces of the puzzle. This happens through a great deal and variety of movement: a typical baby learns to roll onto her belly before learning to crawl, crawl before learning to stand, stand before learning to take her first step, and so on, each milestone requiring a great deal of playful exploration, experimentation, and practice in variation before achieving the next approximation to greater complexity. Miss a link and the result is merely a semblance of mature walking. We now know through experience and the neuroplastic sciences, given the opportunity and loving attention that the brain of a child with special needs makes approximations as well, on its own time.
Mauricio uses the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® and its Nine Essentials to help children with special needs improve their ability to move, learn and connect with others, even in the face of hopeless diagnoses and prognoses. NeuroMovement® is a gentle and direct way of communicating with the child’s nervous system through deliberate and highly informative movement, creating the proper conditions for the brain to make new neural connections, connections that a typical child will generate on her own and without the need for another's intervention. Special Needs families discover through this work the seemingly surprising possibilities available to their child, thereby replacing doubt and frustration with hope, just when everything else has produced limited results which in turn only reinforce the child's diagnosis/prognosis and failure to progress.
“After a few lessons with Mauricio, my son began using different postures, and his gait has become better, and I believe he’s retaining a lot of new information. I think he’s doing much better in just a month. He is also more affectionate towards me. Being able to recognize me as his mom and his love for me is enormous. This is the first time I can feel his love. He’s walking with me everywhere. We believe we don’t need a stroller in the future. He’s not using the stroller much now.
The foundation that Mauricio has laid on my son has helped him to retain a lot more information, and his strength is much better, and he’s more sturdy than before. Improved muscle tone and ability to climb the stairs holding the railing and getting down the staircase with much ease, also his balance is much better. After a series of two ABM lessons, his teacher at school reported he was focusing much more.
I’m glad we found Mauricio and ABM. I’m happy my son loves him like his own grandfather. I really see him showing affection towards him and connecting with him.”
Shriti K, mother of 5-year-old boy, Sunnyvale, CA
CERTIFIED ABM® NEUROMOVEMENT® PRACTITIONER, PTA