• Neurofeedback Training

    After 20 years of regular panic attacks, I thought it was normal to feel anxious! Neurofeedback training helped me to deeply experience being calm yet able to function…

    I was able to go back to work
    after 6 months of absence!

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  • Neuroplasticity

    According to the ATEC scoring, my son does not qualify anymore for autism. Yes, I agree with Normand Doidge:

    “…many ‘circuits’ and even basic reflexes that we think are hardwired, are not.”
    The Brain That Changes Itself

  • Assessment

    Analysing modes of physiological brain function and dysfunction

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  • Neurodevelopment Through Movement

    Giving the brain a “second chance” (Sally Goddard)

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  • An Efficient Brain

    Mental and emotional flexibility with stability

  • Optimal Brain Function

    “Neurofeedback training has helped out son to reach his true potential. Thank you so much.”
    – Parents of a young adult diagnosed Asperger

Sessions for Children

Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® Sessions for Children

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Joanne Naccarato is a certified ABM® NeuroMovement® Practitioner for Children with Special Needs.

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“…the greatest potential for transformation, though often difficult to grasp, is not in trying to make a child do what they can’t, but in finding ways to help each child’s brain differentiate and spontaneously discover how to go beyond limitations.”

-Anat Baniel

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How does NeuroMovement Help a Child with Special Needs?

ABM NeuroMovement is a neuroscience-based approach that stimulates the creation of new neural networks in the brain. It is an intuitive teaching technique that turns on the “learning switch” for thinking, speech, movement, flexibility, and strength.

Healthy children are born with natural spontaneity. They learn through random movements and experimentation, feeling their bodies in space and responding to stimuli. Genetic disorders, cerebral palsy, traumas, illnesses, autism, developmental delays and other learning disorders disrupt this process, often leaving a child stuck in very limiting patterns. When a child can’t reach certain age-appropriate milestones, the traditional approach tries to help the child “catch up” through effortful practice and exercises. But in order to promote lasting, positive change, the focus must shift from fixing a child to connecting with their brain.

“Rather than trying to force a child into milestones that they are not ready to do successfully, we carefully wake up the brain to create new connections, often at a staggering rate, leading to spontaneous, often extraordinary breakthroughs in movement, thinking, self-regulation, and connection with others.” –Anat Baniel

NeuroMovement implements subtle, gentle movements and manipulations that stimulate the central nervous system for higher functioning. It specifically avoids patterns, movements, and positions that drive pain or create a stress response. Rather, it encourages the creation of new, stronger neural networks through the perception of differences, leading to more efficient ways of moving, feeling, thinking, and speaking.

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In order to promote positive change, we must purposely avoid patterns that drive pain or that create a stress response and we must help the brain to begin the process of differentiation. In this way, the focus shifts from fixing a child to connecting.

“Rather than trying to force a child into milestones that they are not ready to do successfully, we carefully wake up the brain to create new connections, often at a staggering rate, leading to spontaneous, often extraordinary breakthroughs in movement, thinking, self-regulation, and connection with others.”
(www.anatbanielmethod.com)

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“The approach here — far wiser, far more subtle, truly holistic, far more ingenious, far more in accord with how brain development occurs, shows ways to access the child’s own brain plasticity and yields far greater results, so that the children can spontaneously grow from within.”

“… I have seen children whose parents were told their brain-damaged children would never walk, or talk, or be able to think well or regulate themselves, begin to do just that with this gentle technique. I have seen the peace on the faces of these children as their minds and plastic brains suddenly begin to integrate what they have learned for the first time, the explosion of joy at their first steps and watched them grow and become more independent.”

– Norman Doidge, MD, Author of
The Brain That Changes Itself and
The Brain’s Way of Healing

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What to Expect:

ABM NeuroMovement® for children has been observed to be the most effective when done as an “Intensive”. An Intensive consists of several, consecutive sessions within a very short time frame in order to promote better integration and retention of new information in the brain. Standard sessions are 30 or 45 minutes long and are grouped into a series of two or three sessions per day for two or three days in a row. These sessions are carefully arranged to address your child’s specific needs. An initial assessment will determine what arrangement will best facilitate the greatest progress for your child.

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How to Prepare:

For very young children and babies, sessions can be done while they are sitting on their parent’s lap, while they are breastfeeding, or while they are lying or sitting on the therapy table. Older children and teens usually sit or lie in the position that they prefer. It is very important that your child feels completely at ease so please be sure that they are wearing loose, comfortable clothing that does not restrict their movements in any way. Some children fall asleep during the session due to the gentle nature of the movements and almost all children become very hungry and thirsty because of the neuroplastic changes that occur. Please bring a snack and drink with you into the room when you arrive in order to create a seamless, positive experience for your child.

We encourage all parents to read the book Kids Beyond Limits.

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Carla Reed, NeuroMovement® Practitioner and Physiotherapist, speaks about the difference between ABM® NeuroMovement® and Physiotherapy:

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