CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
All children learn and develop through a series of small changes to achieve the breakthroughs that we recognise such as crawling, walking, talking etc., and children with special needs are no different. Movement is the foundation of every child's learning and provides the brain with a rich source of information for growth and development. We especially begin to understand the importance of movement when we observe a child with special needs.
"If he could, he would; if she could, she would" - Anat Baniel
Children who cannot sit, stand or walk independently will often be propped up in sitting, placed in a stander, or walked around with support in the hope that this will help them learn how to do these things by themselves. Children with learning, cognitive and behavioural challenges will often be asked to practice numerous repetitions of a task that they cannot do in order to help them learn how to do it. However, this approach overlooks the fundamental role that the brain plays in learning and developing new skills, and the cumulative learning involved in the process of development.
NeuroMovement® starts with where the child is and what the child can do rather than force a child to do something they cannot do or push for a specific action or outcome. It steers away from the concept of trying to 'fix' a child and instead the process involves using gentle touch and variation of movement to connect with your child, bring awareness to the body, help them perceive subtle differences and wake them up to new possibilities for movement, thought and action.
NeuroMovement® and The Nine Essentials create favourable conditions to support your child in their ability to make sense of what they see, feel and perceive, taking them from limitation to possibility.
NeuroMovement® can be helpful for the following conditions:
TYPICALLY DEVELOPING CHILDREN
Typically developing children can also benefit greatly from NeuroMovement® and incorporating The Nine Essentials into their daily life to help them reach new levels of physical, emotional and cognitive performance. Improved posture, coordination, focus, concentration, balance, flexibility, organisational skills and logical thinking are just some of the positive outcomes experienced by typically developing children. High-performing athletes, musicians and dancers can overcome stiffness, pain and limitation, often brought on by practicing the same patterns over and over again for many years, and find comfort, flexibility, ease of movement and improved performance.
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