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.