Feldenkrais® for children

Nancy and Mark are both trained in The Feldenkrais Method® and the Anat Baniel Method® for children with special needs.

Using these methods we can support children with a variety of issues to improve on many levels. After a series of lessons a child can improve their ability to learn, their mobility and the ease with which they can regulate emotions.

Many of the children who come for lessons have movement limitations, learning challenges and speech difficulties, often due to a specific condition or a brain injury. The sessions can also be very helpful for children who have been given an Asperger or autism spectrum diagnosis.

Intensive series of lessons

Parents tell us, again and again, that after a block of lessons the quality of improvement that the child experiences is exceptionally high.

We recommend coming for 3 to 5 day groups of sessions.

Here are some of the ways the lessons can be helpful

  • Support early developmental movements like turning the head, reaching and kicking to rolling, crawling, standing and walking and all the stages in between
  • Helping children more clearly to sense themselves in relation to the environment and others
  • Reduce tension and pain
  • Address sensory issues and oversensitivity
  • Improve gross and fine motor skills
  • Support recovery from trauma
  • Gain confidence and feel calmer and more settled

How do we work with children?

We use gentle movements and a focused/precise touch to assist children to learn what they need for their next level of development. Each lesson is a response to the child’s current capacity and ability.

In which ways can the method help children?

The method is beneficial for children with a variety of neurological, developmental and genetic conditions because we work with the nervous system’s incredible capacity to learn when given optimal conditions. The principles of ABM are summarised in The 9 Essentials

We work with children both with and without a diagnosed condition, but frequently see children with the following diagnoses:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL)
  • Autism spectrum
  • Developmental delay (diagnosed and undiagnosed)
  • Regression/delay due to neurological disease or stroke
  • Difficulties walking, crawling, standing, or with balance, co-ordination and other motor skills