A newborn baby has a relatively long apprenticeship in movement before developmental milestones are reached. It takes approximately 10 months to 1 year for a newborn to learn to stand up. In that time, the infant is exploring myriad variations of random movements. After hundreds of explorations, finally sense is made of the nonsense. And a clear developmental progression occurs. From less complexity to more complexity.
Now, the child that can’t stand up because of brain injury or other special situation, hasn’t had this apprenticeship in movement, hasn’t experienced the infinite variations that lead to greater complexity. Thus, when a parent or therapist requires a child to stand up, by exercising them in standing, it’s as if we placed someone that lives at sea level on top of mount Everest.
The effort and disorganization involved in such a demand will lead to greater effort in movement over time, and failure. Increasing the hours spent and will kill the learning switch and deny the child of self empowerment and identity.
Anat Baniel speaking to students at an ABM Children’s Mastery training.