You may have to wait a bit for the video to load, but this little girl is very similar to Caleigh's situation. She is 15 mths old, PVL and her left side is very spastic. She also can not roll over.
Here's the general idea.......
Often, when a body isn't functioning at the highest rate, the problem is caused by a lack of communication between the brain's nervous system which governs the body's movements and the muscles that actually move the body's limbs. In other words, the brain might not know how to make proper use of those muscles. The connection just isn't there.
The aim of the Anat Baniel Method is to make the connection between the brain and the muscles, helping the body get to know itself, thereby enabling it to take proper advantage of all of its muscles.
Unlike most therapies, ABM is not a goal based system. These therapists will not allow a child to learn to stand before they can crawl, for example. The only goal is to get the body to figure itself out, step by step without skipping, always at its own pace. Just like a newborn would do.
Do a quick search of the website and the internet and you will find that ABM has worked miraculously for some very desperate cases. What you might not find is that although it has made miracles for some it has simply not worked at all for others. Generally you will know if it is working within the first 3-5 sessions. Either way, we have decided to give it a try.
Our job as Caleigh's parents is to attempt everything possible to help her achieve to her highest ability. If this particular therapy doesn't work for Caleigh then we will move on to the next one. Which we already have a few others of interest, i.e Craniosacral Therapy.
The Anat Baniel Center is located in California and just out of our reach at this point. Our first appointment is next Wednesday in Tyler, the only place in Texas that offers this type of therapy. We will be going twice a week for therapy. In September a practitioner from California, who has been doing ABM for 30yrs, will be coming to Tyler and we already have appointments scheduled with her for an intensive week.
So I've called, tried, fought and lost the possibility for our insurance to cover ABM or any other alternative therapy. 'Alternative' = no coverage.
Here lies our problem. Eric and I have made it to a point in Caleigh's journey that we just can't do it on our own financially. Even though it can be a pain, our insurance coverage is amazing and we are fortunate to have it. We are also truly blessed to have MDCP Medicaid for Caleigh's health coverage. On top of that, there have been so many generous people & groups of people that have come together to help us. Those generous individuals have made the financial past year manageable. Eric and I are not the type of people to ask for help. I'm sure most of you have figured that out by now. We are usually on the giving end. Receiving is hard for us. Plain and simple. Even though it is difficult for us; we are beyond appreciative when it comes to the generosity that our family has received. The human heart is amazing and sometimes it takes a shift in every day life for one to realize that.
Our realization as we near her first birthday is that Caleigh's needs will be something that takes time and we need to be able to provide her with every opportunity we can. With all of that said, Eric and I have decided to start a fund for Caleigh. We have set up a bank account for Caleigh's medical and therapeutic needs that aren't covered by our insurance or Medicaid.