Feldenkrais for Children

Lynn with child
The Feldenkrais Method changes children's lives, and their families' lives in the process!

Because the Feldenkrais Method uses gentle movements to create new pathways in the brain, it is about learning, not just movement. Your child will move better, become much better coordinated and develop more independence and self-confidence in the process. But the changes won't end there. You will also notice improvements in your child's behavior, speech, vocabulary, ability to problem solve and on and on.

We need to help the WHOLE CHILD!! When?...NOW!

Autistic boy avoids eye contact

When we receive a diagnosis for one of our children, we are encouraged to target individual symptoms rather than providing the child with support on a systemic level. PT for coordination and strength, OT for fine motor, Speech. But what if we actually worked on the control center of all of these things...the BRAIN?!

Did you know that Feldenkrais can improve your child's speech?

Children desperately want to communicate. When children cannot communicate using words or signs, they are frustrated and often not very happy. It is not merely a matter of modeling language for them, since they live in a world filled with constant communication. Instead, it is a matter to take up with the brain! The Feldenkrais Method uses movement to create new neural pathways in the brain, and for most children this means improvement not only in movement, but in speech and learning.

Turning the Learning Switch "on"! using The Feldenkrais Method™

Baby pulling toes

Curiosity is the key to learning. Think about how entranced a baby gets when she "finds" her hands and her feet. There is this fascination with the movement of the fingers as the baby begins to realize that these are part of her. That fascination with movement and attention to herself creates a healthy environment for learning. This comes about spontaneously for most children, but some children need a little help to spark this kind of exploration and interest that leads to early learning. The Feldenkrais Method™ allows a child to find her curiosity by focusing on all of the healthy parts of her rather than focusing on the places of difficulty.

We do our best learning when there is someone there to point out all of the things we are doing right and to encourage us to keep going. Instead, when a therapist or a parent tries to open the tightened fist of a child with cerebral palsy, he is engaging with the child from the place of her greatest difficulty. None of us does our best learning under these circumstances. Think of something that is not easy for you to learn. Then imagine that your teacher constantly brings this to your attention, no matter what you are trying to learn. Do you think you would learn efficiently? Would you grow to love learning and to seek it out in your world? Probably not.