What does it mean to have experienced learning? Do we learn what has been taught to us, or do we learn when the opportunity to experience the action arises? While here at the ABM center I have had the time to sit back and observe the subtle affects of movement within Archer. After reading the Kids Beyond Limits book by Anat Baniel, founder of method, I began to apply some of the essentials into Archers routines, to be truthful I didn't fully grasp how or what I was doing. I needed more, I needed to experience the lessons. For those of you that know me, I'm a researcher and desire to fill my mind with knowledge in order to master concepts, yet I need to be more free in my approach, and, ok, with not being a master. It comes back to the concept of experiencing the movement, and that is when we truly learn. For lack of better terminology I referred to our trip out here as intense therapy, but the correct reference is "lessons" of learning how to find movement. We are on a journey, one of brain plasticity; the ability to grow, change, adapt and creatively map unique neuronal pathways. Are we walking away from the center (literally) NO. Have we gained valuable insight into where the journey will be taking us, YES. I have dropped my desires to professionally advance myself, but ABM just may be the red thread to launch both Archer and I's lives. We are not taught to move, we must experience the movement for it to be mapped in our brain, and when there are a few less parts or roadblocks along the way what are we to do?
Most approaches would say, well let's try to keep reaching those typical goals and adaptive equipment to reach them. So, we did and we helped map the technique of standing. We couldn't be more pleased with Archer's skill. Two days before his second birthday he even pushed the wheels of his stander across the room to get to his dad. He showed us that he has the will to move independently. I was in tears, daddy disguisingly let his glasses drop down his nose a little further and we upheld Archer for his actions to meaningfully push across the room, but he was bound to metal with straps and Velcro forcing his position.