Free Clinic for Special Needs Children
at Metronome Dance Collective, May 18th
Introduces Anat Baniel Method
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco families with Special Needs Children are invited to bring their children to The Free Children’s Clinic, the second clinic of its kind in the Bay Area to offer the Anat Beniel Method for Children SM. The method has proved helpful for children whose disabilities range from Attention Deficit Disorder to Cerebral Palsy. Local practitioners will conduct lessons during which they use gentle, directed movements to help re-educate children’s nervous systems, while parents observe. The Free Clinic will take place at Metronome Dance Collective on Saturday morning, May 18th.
The Anat Beniel Method for Children expands upon the innovative work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, inventor of the Feldenkrais Method®. The Feldenkrais-based lessons help children’s brains to learn movement, thought, and feelings. Often the results of these lessons surpass those expected from other methods used with Special Needs Children.
Parents have reported that, after a series of such lessons, the first changes they see in their children include: greater comfort, increased alertness and awareness of surrounding, improved mood, and better sleep. They have also noted functional changes: better balance; improved ability to move, crawl, walk, run, jump, and reach; improved speech; and greater problem-solving skills.
The Free Clinic, organized by local trained and certified practitioners of The Anat Beniel Method for Children, offers parents the chance to see firsthand how this educational method can help their children who live with disabilities, from minor delays to major issues. Practitioners provide each child a free individual lesson in a large room where five other practitioners are simultaneously working with other children.
Metronome Dance Collective, in the Potrero District in San Francisco, has generously provided the space to accommodate the children, parents and practitioners who will participate in this clinic. Metronome Dance is located at 1830 17th Street. Directions with maps are provided on the Free Children’s Clinic website: www.moveautism.com.
Parents of Special Needs Children who would like to sign up their child for a free lesson can call 415-938-6683 to reserve a space on Saturday morning, May 18. For further information or to sign up online, go to the Free Children’s Clinic website.
Started at Oakland Hospital, the Free Children’s Clinic is a California philanthropic enterprise that, since early 2004, has expanded to six locations in northern California. To date, these lessons have provided 300 free lessons to more than 140 children. One grandmother of a child, who was severely limited by quadriplegic cerebral palsy, reported that since his lessons began at the first Free Children’s Clinic in Oakland: “The [lessons] have opened up a brand new world for Elvin. Everyone is seeing the changes. Elvin is now 13 years old and he is acting like it.”