AW - Mother to 4.5 year old boy
with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy
been on a therapy roller coaster ever since my son was diagnosed with
cerebral palsy (spastic quad with athetosis) after his premature
birth. I found Louise through good fortune after searching
local Feldenkrais practitioner to continue the therapy we started
during an intensive visit with Anat Baniel in California. My
and I quickly developed a warm rapport with her and both very much
enjoy our weekly visits with her.
Feldenkrais is a very gentle
therapy that can follow the child’s mood and initiative on any given
day. It complements the other movement based therapies we
undertake, such as conductive education. It allows my son the
opportunity to experience movement patterns that have not emerged
naturally due to his injury and expand his range of movement options.
has a very curious, learning mind and is always open to understanding
more about any therapies that might help injured children.
She took the initiative to learn more about the Anat Baniel work and
after commenced ABM training. She is an invaluable sounding
for me as I explore new therapies and treatments – never judging, not
threatened, always offering constructive ideas for me to consider in my
decision making. She’s introduced us to listening and vision
therapies that complement her movement work.
The progress my son
makes is best measured in inches rather than miles but he does continue
to improve. During our time working with Louise, a year and a
half at this point, his vocalisation has expanded dramatically to a
point where we’re certain he’s using expressive language, although it
still sounds like early babble. He’s gained more control over
gross motor movements, particularly through his trunk and
His eating has improved dramatically to where we’re no longer feeling
pressure for a gastrostomy. He has not required any surgeries
his hips remain in good condition.
We will absolutely continue our work with Louise – for both the gains
we make and the perils we avoid.
CS - Mother to 5 year old boy
with spastic/dystonic quadriplegia cerebral palsy
We’ve recently returned to Feldenkrais after a 2 ½ year hiatus with our son
(now 5 years spastic/dystonic quadriplegic CP and complex communication
We first started seeing Louise before L turned 1 and worked with her
for over a year. We would have continued but started with a new early
intervention program that required a significant time commitment.
While L always enjoyed his sessions with Louise, this time around he is
using his communication book to say ‘Thank You” and “When can I come
again?” which for him is an amazing testament to how much he enjoys the
Kids who are as physically impacted as L don’t often get the same
opportunities as their able bodied friends to experience movement,
particularly their own. Feldenkrais/ABM is a perfect therapy for this.
Louise works with L’s existing patterns of movement and supports him to
move through those patterns that aren’t useful to more functional ones.
She helps him experience his own body moving in ways it isn’t usually
Sometimes it feels like L is fighting his body all the time and that’s
something he can put down when he starts a session with Louise. It’s
lovely to see him let go his tension and enjoy the experience.
L’s body is always more relaxed and softer after a session, the tendons
in his arms and legs often feel like steel cables at other times, he
also moves more freely and is more verbal.
Louise’s skill and dedication to working with children with special
needs has only increased with time and we can’t wait to see what other
changes she can help L achieve.
We will definitely be continuing to work with Louise.
VF – Mother of 5 yr old with developmental delay
We thought we would contact you and tell you how E has been since
returning from Melbourne. We got back last weekend and originally
E seemed to have changed but there was nothing we could put our finger
So we took him to the local play park on the Sunday and tried him in a
baby swing and he actually swung himself so we put him in what we would
call a 'normal' kid swing (the plain belt swing) and he held on and sat
beautifully and swung himself! We were SO surprised! Thank you SO much
for helping him achieve this skill, he wouldn't have been able to do
that without your work.
He is also talking much better and saying close to actual words. This
morning he did accidentally blow his trumpet toy and was most
surprised. He did it again a few minutes later so hopefully he will
continue with that!
E hasn't used his AFO (ankle-foot orthotic) since returning home. E is
now more often standing on his left foot and being much stronger in his
standing/walking. We are very impressed with his progress and are
hoping it continues.
Thanks again for all your help and we will no doubt be in contact in the future!