How did I discover ABM NeuroMovement and why did I become a Practitioner?
My name is Mika Keaulii, wife, mother, and an Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement Practitioner. I discovered this holistic approach when my fourth and youngest son, Kaipo, suffered an anoxic brain injury at seven months old when Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) stopped his heart. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Visual Impairment as a result.
When Kaipo was two, I felt he had stopped progressing. He was receiving services from Early Intervention, but his development seemed to have plateaued.
I was stuck - we both were stuck - and I didn't know how else to help him.
I started searching for “Cerebral Palsy” on YouTube and found this video. Finally, I found a small grain of hope and possibility. The video brought me to the Anat Baniel website and confirmed my hopes
The Anat Baniel Method was - in my opinion the “missing link” to every therapy and service my son was already receiving. Physical therapy was addressing his gross and fine motor skills. Vision Therapy was addressing his vision. Neither therapy, however, focused on the root of all his issues: his brain.
It just made sense. Kaipo’s motor skills and vision were impaired by the damage to his brain. But if we help elevate his brain function, then these issues would naturally resolve themselves. My lightbulb moment proved to be true after experiencing ABM ourselves.
I knew the next step was to get Kaipo in to see an ABM Practitioner. We traveled to the mainland and luckily found the ABM Practitioners we were looking for through various connections. They were actually vacationing in Hawaii and agreed to see Kaipo.
After three “intensive” sessions over a one-year span, I had seen enough. I knew I wanted to learn this method and bring it to my son and Hawaii. I completed the Anat Baniel Method Basic Training in June of 2015, and then went on to complete the Children’s Mastery course in May of 2016.
The first step to knowing is not knowing.
- Anat Baniel