What Parents of Special Needs Kids are saying...

Even though the doctor's diagnosis told us there was nothing else we could do for our son because of the extensive cerebral damage he suffered we took him for his first movement lesson.  We saw improvements immediately. His breathing improved, and he was a totally different self. He began to completely relax which was a big improvement.  His legs relaxed and he started flexing them.

We tried other methods, but all of it seemed impossible. We were in awe after seeing such change in him. With other methods we saw no substantial change whatsoever. His participation in the sessions is very notable because he makes gestures and sounds, in his own way, showing his joy for learning.

We know that with this method our son is on the right path to develop his full potential, We see him comfortable with himself and showing much attention to learning new things. It is definitely worth giving this method a chance, despite the medical diagnosis.


It's only been a week since our first session with you and I wanted to let you know what we experienced.  Our son is 33 months and currently in speech, OT and PT for the last year, mainly because he is non-verbal and his lack of speech has contributed to delayed gross and fine motor skills.  We've seen minimal progress with communication, coordination, and behavior.  A friend referred me to Anat Baniel Method and I emailed you immediately after reading about this method.

I never imagined that  after our first session I would see such improvements.  This has been the best week we've had in over a year.  The day of our appointment you could see major improvements in his coordination and awareness of his body.  Not only that, but he also began communicating with us by nodding his head yes and no, and has for the last week said "no" when he didn't want something-this is the first constant word we've had in over a year!!!  This added communication has also reduced the temper tantrums drastically and even his physical therapist commented on his sessions and how improved he was.

 I can't thank you enough for what you do and it is so refreshing to have your positive guidance!! To see more improvement in one hour than we have in a year is remarkable and I can't wait to see what else our son is capable of!

Heather W.

Ava has Cerebral Palsy. She'd hold on to a chair, pull herself with her arms as her feet dragged behind like luggage too heavy to carry. With her walker Ava walked on the balls of her feet.
Not smooth, definitely not effortless!  Exhausting, and not very comfortable.

That’s how she walked until we met Margie from "Lessons in Motion". Ava’s walk is more stable now. She trusts that her foot will be there to hold her upright as she takes one foot and puts it in front of the other.  Ava has learned to walk without her walker.

And boy! Does she ever! She loves walking, even running!  Still a little clumsy, but that is improving with time!

Nikki (Ava’s grandma)

Michael was born on Jan. 21, 2014. 5 hours after birth, Mikey had his first seizure and was put into the NICU. He spent over a month in the NICU and had multiple tests. On Feb 11, 2014 the doctor called and said they figured out why he was having seizures. This was the roughest day I will ever remember. They told us that our sweet baby had a large genetic deletion and would never walk, talk or even sit by himself. He was diagnosed with having Foxg1 Syndrome. This Syndrome is very rare, only 120 diagnosed cases. Before Mikey's 1st birthday he has had 70 doctor appointments, weekly physical/speech and occupational therapy, 30 X-rays, 3 MRIs, 3 surgeries and 6 hospital stays which equaled to 65 days in the hospital.

Mikey is doing more than anyone thought he would. Despite the seizures and all the medicines, he is learning and developing more every day. We learned about a special therapy called Anat Baniel Method (ABM). I am hopeful that this therapy could help Mikey and one day he will sit on his own, crawl and walk. We want to give our baby the best in life.

Update: Mikey is doing amazing with ABM Therapy.
He started to use his hands, putting his thumb in his mouth, grabbing at toys and rolling over.  He is more aware that he can do things, which is so amazing to watch him light up.  
The last two sessions, he gets very happy when he figures how to do a new move.  He's all around been happier.

Update: Mikey is working hard learning to sit. Thanks to ABM therapy he has come this far. We've had more success with ABM in 2 months than the year he did traditional PT.

Update: Mikey is making amazing progress in ABM therapy he's been working hard and learning to use his neck while bearing weight on his arms.


Isaac’s diagnosis of Tay Sachs Disease (classic/infantile) begin in June, 2011 at the age of 7 months.

Isaac has gotten more out of his 3 sessions a month with Margie from Lessons in Motion than he did with multiple OT and PT visits weekly. While PT and OT kept him loose and entertained,
with Margie he has started really connecting to his body again. He bridges his hips to help with diaper changes. This is huge! Today, she worked on that low back that he keeps so stiff and he
was able to start arching it to correlate with bending arms and legs. Building blocks to crawling motions!

He also looked so much better in side sitting than last session. Last session he was still stiff and kept bringing that right knee in the air no matter which side he was sitting on. This time he looked comfortable, rooted in his pelvis and legs and yet so much taller! Amazing!


Our son has Cerebral Palsy and is working on balance, body awareness, fluidity in motion, proper gait, full range of motion in joints and separating limbs from each other when excited.

Parker is more fluid in his movements and is no longer in pain.  He has better alignment and coordination.  He looks taller and is looser.  He has flexible ankles!  His balance and gait have improved.  He is able to go without his AFO’s in standing and walking for short periods of time.  He sits up smoother.  He is also happier with his new found freedom of movement. 

Here is Parker playing video games while balancing on his balance board with NO support/assistance

He is using his structure now instead of his spasticity.  He also recently participated in a jog-a-thon!

Update on Parker... 

Parker made a video for a school project that speaks for itself!  You can watch it here...

Samantha Olenick

Sofia was born with a brain bleed and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 10 months. She has limited movement in her arms and legs.  She struggles to coordinate full body movements.

After the first session my daughter has learned to go from sit to stand with assistance. She can bridge her hips up and is sitting more balanced.

V. Jones

My child has limited movement of all four extremities.  Primary diagnosis is Cerebral Palsy. Non-ambulatory, limited weight-bearing with maximum assist. Unable to roll over.  

After only one session my child has gained flexibility in both arms and is able to touch and hold his arms above his head. Full extension was not possible prior to the first session. The techniques we have learned have helped us to transition our son from lying to sitting with minimal assist.

A. Alejo

Tian has been diagnosed with autism since he was 2 years old. He has severe gross / fine motor delay. He could not walk until he was two.  He has had severe language delay. His could not say his first "Mama"  until he was 4.

I took Tian to ABM clinic in San Rafael for two two weeks intensive lessons and continue his lessons with Margie in San Diego. Following are the changes I have seen since he started his ABM lessons:
1) His balance is dramatically improved. He could only put his shoes on when sit down. Now, he can put his shoes on with one hand while he stands up and another hand holds something to support him.
2) Eye and hand coordination has improved a lot. In so many years, his physical therapist and his APE teacher worked on ball catching and did not make much progress. Now he can catch a ball with confidence and he can throw a ball to his therapist with ease. He started to play special tennis which I was not sure if he could do it at the beginning.
3) His attention span improved. He could not maintain conversion on a topic but now he can keep on the topic back and forth for several cycles. Yesterday, I took him to a puppet show. He focused on the whole show (about 30 minutes) which really amazed me (he only could stay focused about 5-10 minutes before). He can stay in the ocean to practice his surfing for more than an hour! Just a few weeks ago, he could only stay in the water for about 10 minutes.
4) He started to pay attention to the environment around him. Before, when I saw a dog, for example, I would prompt him but it was very hard for him to see it. Now he would tell me " Mom, look, a dog!".
5) His vision therapist reported that his sitting posture has improved.


Our son experienced a brain injury at birth. On day 7 of his life, neurologists told us he  would probably not have the opportunity to walk, speak.They also told us he would probably only see from one eye.

We were devastated. Neurologists also told us they would not be much to do for the first 6 months of his life. This is when we decided to spend our time and energy finding specialists who disagreed and felt they could help. We met with a homeopath, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, an osteopath, an occupational therapist, a craniosacral specialist, a Feldenkrais therapist and NeuroMovement practitioners.

Of all these methods and specialties, Benjamin has responded really well to NeuroMovement. Each time we come home from a session with Margie, we see amazing progress unfolding giving us more and more hope about his future.

Our son was showing signs of delays on his left side. His closed fists rarely opened up. His back was arching very often creating a perpetual tension all throughout his body. He would startled very often.

We experienced so many changes since we started to work with Margie. Our son now grabs objects, turns his head really nicely, takes his feet into his mouth. He is starting to use his feet to move. His neck strength is strong and can now spend stress free time on his belly.

So many changes in so little time! He smiles all the time during the sessions and babbles quite a lot.

Tania G.

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Margie Murnan

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