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March 2013

Cari Bousfield

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It has been an eye-opening week for me, to say the least. This week I’ve seen Faith move in ways I never thought possible for her, barring a miraculous healing. It was amazing to see Faith push her feet in her footrests to help scoot her behind to the right place in her chair. It was amazing to see Faith “find the middle” of her chair and to sit up in a straightened position all on her own – even without the support of the laterals on her chair. She was excited too and repeated, “I did it! I did it!” I’ve come to realize that keeping Faith strapped and restrained tightly in her chair has not allowed her to explore ways for her to achieve purposeful movement. Her movement has always been so random and so disorganized, but through the Anat Banal Method, both Faith and I learned that there are ways to help her organize and move her body that are beneficial to her. In doing so, her brain can actually form new neural connections.   I’ll share some photos that I took while Faith was working with Pati Holman, who comes to Bismarck from Milwaukee, WI.

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Less is More

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When I first meet children in my practice, they have usually been to many therapists, doctors and other experts on how best to handle their challenges.  The kids have established defensive behaviors based on these experiences.  There are many reasons why parents decide to embark on the ABM process, but the most obvious is that they aren’t seeing the progress they know is within their child’s grasp, and so they continue to look outside the box.  In many ways, each parent of a child with a disability becomes a pioneer and advocate.

When I meet children for the first time, it’s extremely important to establish respect and let go of any goals that I may have for them, or that their parents have for them.  The most important thing is to meet the child and get to know them.  To find their  playgrounds of communication.  We achieve this in ABM work, by touching with the least amount of intensity.  Just enough to let the child know we are there, but not enough to feel like we are imposing goals.  All kids respond to that kind of touch very well, no matter the disability. Less is more means that no goals are predetermined, that no enforcement or repetition is implemented. The effortless touch and the response to that touch then determines  the next step.  And in this way, children become connected to themselves, and a switch gets turned on, perhaps for the first time in the long line of therapies tried.  This is why parents love the work.  First & foremost, because it respects their children.  And children thrive with it because they  feel listened to and can be the true explorers that nature intended.