Kaiden had a stroke when he was 2 days old and we knew from the beginning that he would have some form of Cerebral Palsy. As soon as we got Kaiden home from hospital we knew that we needed to be proactive and get him into therapy. We took him to hospital-based programs, which were limited to 1 visit a month, we went religiously but were always searching from something else to help him. At 1-year old Kaiden was just starting to sit up despite physio. When talking to a mom one day during swim therapy she shared with me this therapy that she was also doing called Anat Baniel Method and they had been having amazing results with her daughter who also had cerebral palsy. As soon as we got home I found Renee. I told my husband about ABM and that I found someone close to us who did lessons and he was skeptical, to say the least. I told him lets just try it, so we did, and it was life changing for us. Our physio told us Kaiden probably would never crawl…
Renee got him to crawl and he crawled perfectly. I was told he would need walkers and foot braces and with Renee he has never need either and can actually run. My son gets more and more mobility to his Right hand every lesson we have with Renee. Every time Kaiden goes through a growth spurt his muscles tighten up again, within a few lessons Renee has him loose and back to normal. You would never know that when he was 2 days old he had a stroke, all thanks to Renee and ABM!
We found out Alex had an in-utero stroke when I was 33 weeks pregnant. A few weeks after the shocking news I was told that hydrocephalus started and the prognosis of the doctors were grim:
We recently had the pleasure of taking our 9 month old daughter Robyn to see Renée. Robyn has a genetic condition that affects her motor skills and development.
Ezra has a lot of fear when it comes to new therapies or doctors from his recent journey post meningitis. Upon meeting Renée she knew she needed to work on Ezras trust for the therapy to be effective.
Hi everyone! I just wanted to share our ABM (Anat Baniel Method) experiences with you. My son is 9 years old and has ADHD and ASD. Although he is high functioning he struggles greatly socially and with managing frustration.
Ashley finished her first ABM (Anat Baniel Method)Intensive today thanks to Renée Gray. Over the past few days we witnessed Ashley discovering how to roll to her side, hold her head up in a baby cobra position and hold...
"His brain was totally mapping his right arm! As I was gently holding him, he raised up his right hand looking at it with attention. Then he raised up his left one and started comparing them, slowly moving his fingers... I stepped back, stopped any movement, even my own breath slowed down and watched my big boy discovering himself. Words can't explain this feeling. It was one of the brighter moments we have ever lived together. From the bottom of my heart thank you Renée Gray. You are the most amazing partner I could ask for our learning journey. Even though we live so far away, you and your help have already made our life full of moments like this one."
Since beginning our Anat Baniel Method lessons six months ago her child has learned how to roll, belly scoot, come up to sitting and pull himself up to standing!
"After a recent intensive with Renée, Matei has been very chatty, using his voice all the time. He was able to vocalize 'dog' today for the first time and his 'no' has been more clear."
Joanna, Mom to Matei
"Renée I just wanted to share with you this video! He was very happy at this point but he rolled like 8 times, and it all started around 12am! I think this time this Milestone is here to stay, and we owe you a big thank you for working so hard on this!"
Jeanette, Mom to Matias
Click here to see Matias Rolling!
Update: Matias is a rolling pro now traveling across the floor!
In my Anat Baniel Method lessons I am able to help children reduce their spasticity which will open more opportunities for them to explore and experience new movements that were otherwise unavailable. In the first video you can clearly see the tightness in the child’s hand. I couldn’t open the hand unless I was to use force which we never do in ABM NeuroMovement. We know that if you work against spasticity the brain will send an even stronger message to hold it even tighter. You can see there is a lot of resistance and when I go to open the finger a slight bit, it immediately snaps back. She’s holding her hand so tight her knuckles are even turning white. After working with the hand for about 10 minutes I was able to bring her awareness to her hand and her brain was able to stop sending the message to contract the hand. She was able to let go of the tightness in her hand and even in her wrist, allowing freedom and the ability to move independently while easily staying open.
He didn't feel confident trying to walk without holding onto something or someone's hand. Instead he was choosing to crawl.
Joe is feeling much more confident and ready to try walking on his own after 4 days. He's able to bring his heals down to the floor and can even catch his balance when he starts to fall.