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Slowing Down (Is For Parents, Too)
Posted: April 18th, 2014 | Category: News | 0 comment

What follows is the continuation of a story of my work with a little boy with autism and his family. To learn more read the first post and please leave comments below! ----- As Mary began to clean up the room, she did so continuing at a somewhat frantic pace. Seeing this, attempting to be as gentle as possible, I had her pause. Amidst Jay running around, gesticulating, and organizing his papers on the floor, I had Mary stand quietly, close her eyes, and pay attention to herself. I had her slow down her breathing, notice the contact of her feet on the floor, and be still for a moment. She immediately took a deep breathe and relaxed. When she resumed moving she did do at about one half her earlier speed. It is important to recognize when we are mo...


I want to get out!
Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Category: News | 0 comment

What follows is the continuation of a story of my work with a little boy with autism and his family. To learn more read the first post and please leave comments below! ----- The fourth lesson, this afternoon, was a pleasant one with Jay’s mother and a volunteer Amanda observing. I had wondered, entering Jay’s home, if he would be as boisterous as he had been yesterday or as calm as this morning. The answer is he was a variate of both. There were a few memorable periods where he slammed his doors repeatedly and many other episodes where he lay quietly on the floor and seemed completely intent on our work together. A specific moment that I experienced that bears some discussion. There was one period where Jay was walking across his playroom...


Overcoming Discomfort
Posted: April 15th, 2014 | Category: News | 0 comment

What follows is the continuation of a story of my work with a little boy with autism and his family. To learn more read the first post and please leave comments below! ----- Another moment during my session with Jay merits attention. He had moved from his mattress to the floor beside my table. In the interim I had given his father a short lesson and asked both of his parents to reflect on their observations of my work. When I returned to Jay he was on his belly on the floor, gently rocking his pelvis like young children frequently do. He reached out and held onto one of the supporting plastic-coated wires that facilitate the closing of my work table. He pulled on the cord, released it and expressed an contented sound at the resulting twang. Then...


Quiet
Posted: April 14th, 2014 | Category: News | 0 comment

What follows is the continuation of a story of my work with a little boy with autism and his family. To learn more read the first post and please leave comments below! ----- This morning with Jay was dramatically different than our previous work together. Having made the decision yesterday to work in his playroom, I walked up the stairs and into his room even before seeking him out and greeting him. (He wasn’t near the entrance to be greeted.) Today his mother and father were both present and eager to observe. Other than checking in with his mother about how Jay had been today, and her experience since the night before, I began immediately with my attention on Jay. One exception I made was to check in with Jay’s mother if he had watched h...


Location Matters (Jay’s Story, Continued)
Posted: April 13th, 2014 | Category: News | 0 comment

This is the second story of my account of an intensive with a little boy with autism named Jay. I suggest you read the first post and please leave your thoughts in the comments below! ----- The afternoon with Jay was a different story entirely. His mother Mary and I began with a short discussion of where I would give him the lesson - upstairs in his playroom, downstairs in the open living room, or in an unoccupied office room. In retrospect, that is a conversation that I could have and should have had by telephone before the lesson began. Because I want, in any interaction with Jay, to subtly teach him that I am associated with lessons (which, we hope, he will enjoy) taking that time out to discuss location distracted from the purpose of my visi...


Persistent Invitation – Story of a little boy named Ja...
Posted: April 12th, 2014 | Category: News | 0 comment

This is the story of a little boy named Jay, with whom I have had the pleasure of working. More coming each day... Enjoy! ----- Today I began working with a little boy named Jay. When I first entered his home he greeted me at the door with a smile and was seemingly delighted. It is hard to tell whether it was for me, or a volunteer who was also near the door at the time named Robert. Jay’s words are often unclear. Regardless, we went upstairs to Jay’s Son-Rise Program Playroom and I set up my table. He immediately climbed onto my firm, knee-hight table and lay down on his belly. His response was so immediate that I wondered if his mother Mary had drilled into him that he was to lie on my table when I arrived. It turned out not, though I only learned that later. Our first lesso...


Keep Your Expectations Unreasonable
Posted: January 21st, 2014 | Category: News | 0 comment

That’s right! You didn’t read it wrong. I believe it is more useful to have *unreasonable* expectations. When it comes to autism, or really most things in life, it pays to have hopes and plans beyond “reasonable” expectations. Would Steve Jobs have built Apple or Sir Richard Branson have created the Virgin empire if they had listened to all of the people who told them “you can’t”? No, of course not.

Reasonable-Expectations

"But I keep getting disappointed that nothing works. Shouldn’t I just hope for what’s possible?” I hear this from parents and caregivers all the time. ...


Anat Baniel Method Lessons & Workshop in Fresno, CA
Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Category: News | 0 comment

I've just returned from two very busy weeks working with families in Buenos Aires and am looking forward to my next trip to Fresno this December. I can give up to 40 lessons while I am in town and still have some availability.

Fresno, California December 5th - 9th

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I will be teaching a 1-day workshop while I am in Fresno. This provides a way for participants to continue practicing hands-on skills to help their children. Learn more about how to apply Anat Baniel Method principles to hel...


Silicon Valley Free Children’s Clinic – December...
Posted: November 22nd, 2013 | Category: News | 0 comment

Join us this December for the Silicon Valley Free Children's Clinic! Hosted at the Avalon Academy, practitioners will be providing lessons and teaching skills to parents of children with special needs. Space is limited so sign up now!

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December 14, 2013 Avalon Academy 818 Mahler Rd, Burlingame CA 94010

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Lecciones del método Anat Baniel en Argentina
Posted: November 6th, 2013 | Category: News | 0 comment

I've just arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I will be consulting and giving lessons in the Anat Baniel Method until November 11. After that, I will be traveling to the smaller city of Gualaguay, Argentina for another week of teaching and work with children. Here's a short video from a previous trip to Buenos Aires: In my 12 hours in Argentina today I've had half a dozen conversations with strangers about my work with special needs children. Every single one of them shared a story about a friend of friend's child who has autism or other developmental disorder. I'm honored to be here to work with families like these and am always looking for more that ...