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Community Program

for

Exceptional

Children

Oakland, California

Mission

​Our mission is to transform the lives of exceptional children, their families, teachers and caretakers through NeuroMovement® lessons, education and support. All services are offered on a low-fee sliding scale and through volunteer work. ​

 We are a group of experienced NeuroMovement® practitioners who have joined to provide transformational movement lessons, workshops, and a safe place to connect and share your experience with other families.

​If you would like to support this program, please donate below. ​
We depend on support from friends like you, all proceeds enable more children to receive the help they need.

 

Weekend

Intensives

One weekend each month we offer series of lessons for children. Having multiple lessons in this short period of time allows their young nervous systems to absorb and integrate the critical information provided through the 4-6 NeuroMovement® lessons they receive during the weekend.

This is a highly effective approach and often results in dramatic improvement. We offer workshops for parents, caregivers, and teachers and we are available for presentations and workshops at schools. We attend IEP meetings and consult with your child's education team. 

Current

Schedule

Weekend intensives for 2018:

January    6/7
February  3/4
March   3/4
April  7/8
May   5/6
June   2/3
July   7/8
July   28/29
September  1/2/3
October  6/7
November  3/4
December  1/2

 

 

NeuroMovement® is a holistic approach to human functioning based on the understanding that movement is the language of the brain. It is movement that most powerfully provides the information the brain needs to grow and organize itself to generate deliberate movement, as well as thoughts, feelings and complex actions.

 

NeuroMovement is based on nine principles, the Nine Essentials, that drive brain plasticity, the ability of the brain to constantly change in response to internal and external events. NeuroMovement was developed by Anat Baniel, clinical psychologist and educator. In our work with the children, rather than trying to fix a condition and practicing skill the child cannot do, we focus on what the child can do.

 

We use the Nine essentials to activate and increase their ability to learn and change. Through gentle directional touch, we highlight important structural and functional connections in the child’s sensory-kinetic awareness thereby creating opportunities for the child to feel him/herself in new ways. This prompts the brain to develop new neural connections, increasing the possibilities for a more refined organization and regulation of movement, thinking and feeling.
 

In this way we engage in an open-ended conversation with the child’s nervous system and set into motion a process of potent learning and empowerment.

The human brain is a self-organizing information system. It is a very complex system that is unique in its capacity for ongoing growth and differentiation providing for unlimited refinement and adaptability to one's environment. What does that mean for a child with special needs?


In early infancy the brain relies on the sensory kinetic experience of largely random and involuntary movements to begin to form recognizable patterns that develop into increasingly complex skills.  A child with special needs though cannot generate the large variety of movements necessary to develop a brain, that is sufficiently differentiated for higher functions such as sitting, standing, walking, talking as well as the nuanced expression of feelings and complex thought processes do not develop by itself. NeuroMovement provides the child with the new and highly varied information that she would not be able to generate for herself.