Michelle Turner explains how movement therapy can help a child with developmental delays.
I want to tell you about how movement therapy can help a developmentally delayed child but first I want to talk about my children.
My child was very sick. We had no idea why. I did have an autism diagnosis but there were other issues going on and actually his pediatric gastroenterologist suggested the Anat Baniel Method is what I do.
And the only availability that I had at the time was to go to San Rafael, California, and actually work with Anat and her team.
This method was so successful with my children, my son was walking heel-to-toe within two days.
What happens when you actually go to a therapist and you stay there for five days. Your child will get anywhere from six to ten lessons and you really almost come home with a whole new child.
And my husband just says, “When I come into California for a couple of weeks, you are going to learn how to do this.”
And I love it. I started working on my children immediately after just taking a weekend course. This was way before my certification.
My son turned around and was climbing for the first time because his pelvis could tilt.
It was so fast and I just don’t understand why more people just don’t know about it or have it available to them.
I am doing everything I can in my area to make it happen for kids here as well as other practitioners are doing around the country.
Much like I did with my children, movement therapy can help a developmentally delayed child because people look at developmental milestones. It’s just that, major milestones - rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking.
But actually to get a child just to roll over is very many, minute milestones and that’s what we look for.
We look for the way the child’s tapping their heels on the tables, the way that they are possibly lifting their pelvis off the ground, the way that they are incorporating their head into rolling over.
It’s very easy for someone like me to see very minute changes that need to happen in a system, and if I get to a child so early, can make dramatic changes.
About Michelle M. Turner:
Michelle M. Turner is a Movement Specialist and Educator. She works with her patient’s skeletal system and central nervous system creating new movement and specializes in the Anat Baniel Method. The Anat Baniel Method has been proven to decrease pain, increase mobility and improve cognitive functions and communication skills. Michelle earned her BFA from Syracuse University in New York.