Making Connections:

Feldenkrais® Informed Perspectives on Working with Infants, Children & Their Families

Online workshops exploring innovative applications of the Feldenkrais Method® for children with special needs, their families and caregivers.

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Making Every Movement Count for Healthy Hip Joints- Carla Oswald Reed

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Carla is known as the “hip person” among many of her Feldenkrais® and ABMNM® colleagues because of her passion for preventing hip subluxation or dislocation. She will share the MANY ways that practitioners and children’s families can bring variation of movement into the ordinary care and activities of children from infancy so that the risk of hip subluxation or dislocation is vastly decreased.  The younger these variations are introduced for the child the more normally the child’s hip joints will develop and the less likely the child will manifest hip subluxation or dislocation.

About Carla

Carla Oswald Reed has been a Pediatric Physical Therapist since 1969.  Carla is a published author and presenter on the Feldenkrais Method and ABMNM; creator and presenter of Making Every Movement Count workshops for parents, professionals, and fellow Feldenkrais and ABMNM Practitioners; and mother of four and grandmother of seven. Her practice has been transformed by training with:

  • Berta and Karel Bobath in NeuroDevelopmental Treatment® (NDT) of Cerebral Palsy 
  • Moshe Feldenkrais in the Feldenkrais Method®
  • Magda Gerber of Resources for Infant Educarers®
  • Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement® (ABMNM) 
  • Chava Shelav Silberbush’s ChildSpace Method
Making Feldenkrais Financially Accessible to Exceptional Children - Gabrielle Allen

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In 2016 Gabrielle founded the Community Program for Exceptional Children (COPEC) to make NeuroMovement® lessons accessible to exceptional children, their families and classroom aides from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. The presentation will discuss the status quo of federal and state-funded child development intervention, the need for adequate developmental learning opportunities for children with special needs and their parents, and funding options for a Feldenkrais-informed approach over the long-term.

About Gabrielle

Gabrielle discovered her passion for working with children through her experience with her son, who had sensory integration issues and dyslexia, and the children she witnessed as a volunteer in schools. She saw how their unrecognized deficiencies prevented them from keeping up socially and academically.

Gabrielle was initially trained in physiotherapy in Germany. She worked for ten years in hospitals and private practice with people with muscular-skeletal problems, post-orthopedic surgery, repetitive stress injuries, and neurological disorders. Gabrielle has been a certified Feldenkrais Method Practitioner® since 1996 and a certified Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement® Practitioner for children since 2012. She has maintained a private practice in Oakland, CA since 2006,  since 2012 predominantly serving children with special needs.

Today, Gabrielle attends IEP (Individual Educational Plan) meetings of the children she works with and educates teachers and therapists about the Nine Essentials of Neuroplasticity and consults with them on how to integrate these principles with daily activities in the classroom.

Community Program for Exceptional Children (COPEC)

From Powerlessness to Agency: The Parent-Child Relationship as the Context for Learning - The Moving Center

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The Moving Center co-founders Andrea Hennen, Eytan Lerner and Matty Wilkinson present their NeuroDevelopmental approach to working with the emotions of parent and child as they seek to create the conditions that support learning and change. Through case studies and guided experiential processes they touch upon dependency and agency, power and helplessness, emotions and their embodiment in movement, posture, and learning.  

About The Moving Center

Andrea Hennen, Eytan Lerner & Matty Wilkinson founded The Moving Center in 2020 offering online and in-person sessions and workshops for children with special needs, their caregivers, and the professionals who work with them.

Andrea Hennen began her career in 1984 as a massage and physiotherapist in athletics. She trained in the Feldenkrais Method® from 1992-1996 in San Francisco. Since then Andrea has had a full-time practice in various countries, including Switzerland, Germany and France. From 2017-2020 Andrea trained as an Anat Baniel – NeuroMovement® Practitioner. Andrea has travelled the world to work with children with special needs and their parents including many visits to UAE, Egypt, KSA, Hong Kong and India. Andrea loves being active in nature, walking, meeting new people and cultures but also enjoys calm days with gardening , long walks with her dog Oscar near her beautiful home town Losheim am See, Germany.

Eytan studied the Feldenkrais Method® with Anat Baniel from 1990-1994 in Jerusalem. He has been an ABM NeuroMovement® practitioner since 2014, and a Jeremy Kraus Approach® practitioner since 2017, working with adults and children with neurological and other injuries. Eytan applies his training and experience as a singer and voice announcer in his work with children and has created workshops for singers, actors, dancers and musicians. Eytan has been frequently invited to work with children and their families worldwide in Turkey, Cyprus, Ukraine, Scandinavia and Africa. In 2018 he moved to Canada and established The NeuroDevelopment Center for Movement with Attention. As a father to two lovely, bright kids, Eytan also brings 9 years of experience in the unschooling and homeschooling approach.

Matty Wilkinson is a Feldenkrais Method® and Anat Baniel Method® for Children practitioner in private practice in Boston and online. In 2001 Matty began teaching preschool, studying child development, and joined a Feldenkrais® training, which he completed in 2003. He completed his ABM for Children training in 2006 and earned a MA in Child Development from Tufts University in 2009. Matty coaches parents and educators to create optimal conditions for children’s learning, applying his expertise as an early childhood educator, sensorimotor practitioner, and father.

Empower Yourself to Empower the Child with Special Needs- Sylvia Leiner Shordike

Streaming Replay Available

Over decades working with children with special needs, Sylvia noticed the attitudes and approaches that consistently led to optimal outcomes. She came to realize that parents and practitioners can quickly learn many effective skills to make real differences in developmental trajectories. Using videos, photos and stories Sylvia and host Matty Wilkinson discuss her way of working and how she teaches parents and others to empower children with special needs in her 15 month NeuroHorizons® seminar program.

About Sylvia

Sylvia is the originator of the innovative NeuroHorizons® Experiential Movement® Parent Seminars and Professional Supervision Intensives, attended by hundreds of practitioners, parents, and caregivers around the world. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 1994, and a former Trainer in Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® Professional and Children’s Mastery training programs. She has been in private practice in Europe and California since 1994, serving Children With Special Needs and their families. Sylvia is the author of The NeuroHorizons Primer: Empower Yourself to Empower the Child With Special Needs. (Europe) (California) (private lessons)

 * $30 per talk

* $100 for series of four talks

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* Nancy Neiditz torticollis presentation recording is sold separately – see below

Unique Strategies for Evaluation & Treatment for children with Torticollis- Nancy Neiditz

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$20 if you signed up for the live series or Nancy’s talk, $40 for anyone else.

Nancy taught a condensed version of an 8-hour CEU course she has taught to PT’s and OT’s around the USA and abroad. Her talk encompassed the etiology of Torticollis, the contraindications to treatment, and how to best engage and work with babies and toddlers with this ubiquitous diagnosis. She sees at least five new babies almost weekly and can help them with only a handful of sessions. On her website Nancy offers materials she developed for a family-home program to help children recover from torticolis. Nancy and her work: “Infantile Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Fix it at Home”, was chosen as an e poster along with a brief synopsis to premiere at the Copenhagen International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare in May 2023. 

About Nancy

Nancy Neiditz has been a physiotherapist for 33 years, a Feldenkrais® practitioner since 1994 and Anat Baniel Method for Children® practitioner since 2006.

In 1995 she began working exclusively with infants and toddlers in the New York City Early Intervention program, and has been a part-time therapist at a large public clinic in upstate NY for fifteen years, where she sees children with varying degrees of neurological and musculoskeletal injuries. Nancy utilizes her skills from her dance, yoga, and Pilates training as well as her work with ABM and Feldenkrais. 

In 2003 she met the orthopedic pediatric doctors Dr. Jordan & Dr. Nuzzo and shared her experiences with them of the Feldenkrais and Anat Baniel Methods. Working with these doctors has allowed very spastic children to have greater freedom of movement with little intervention or pain, and she refers children to them.  

Nancy’s greatest gift is knowing what the child needs next in order to get to the next level in their development.

* Nancy Neiditz torticolis presentation recording $40

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* Those who purchased the live workshop are eligible for 50% discount- please check your email for discount link. If you need assistance email us.

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