I welcome children in my private practice and have assisted many children with neurological and/or physiological developmental challenges such as cerebral palsy and autism.
During a Functional Integration lesson with a child, I’ll use hands-on contact to gently stimulate muscles, joints, and ligaments of a child in ways that suggest more efficient organization during normal voluntary movements.
For children with developmental difficulties, I’ll provide essential sensory feedback that would have arisen typically from the child’s own movements. Giving a child the opportunity to experience basic and necessary movement options allows for improvements in functioning.
I received this e-mail from the mother of a child I’m working with, who was four at the time:
Hi Nick –
Thank you for your wonderful work with my daughter.
You have helped her transition from kid who found it so stressful to attempt any fine motor tasks, that every OT session ended in tears – to a happy, comfortable girl who is eager to try out challenging things! What she has been able to achieve through your work is a comfort in pushing her limits – and that gives her a great foundation on which to build hundreds of skills. We used to spend long days – even weeks – trying to master individual skills (holding a pen / buttoning / using a spoon or a fork). Now she moves through skills a lot easier – and most importantly, she does it with excitement and joy.
– Manpreet Kanwar, MD
Dr. Kanwar has expressed an eagerness to speak about her daughter’s experience working with me to parents considering Feldenkrais for a child. Please contact me and I can put you in touch with her.
The short video below features Sheryl Field, the prominent pediatric Feldenkrais Practitioner with whom I have trained for 160 hours in recent years. She discusses how we work with children. The two-year-old child near the end of the video is my son Ari.
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Please contact me to learn more about how your child can benefit from Feldenkrais.