I’ve been seeing LL for Anat Baniel Method for children lessons. This was our second lesson together.
This edited video exemplifies a common approach of bringing awareness to an emotionally charged habit. L. had a pattern of responding to most initial encounters with “No no no no no”. As you can see in the video, it carries a significant emotional charge. We found creative ways, using sounds, imitation, engaging Mom & Dad in the counting game and gentle ,slow, weight-bearing shifts to turn his learning switch on to empower him to communicate his needs more clearly. First steps were to use the 9 essentials to help LL:
1). Hear what he was saying
2). Use variation once he could recognize what he was hearing
3) Find social contexts to use the word more powerfully, and and introduce the opposite to No. Yes.
4). Create the conditions for LL to embody this new opposite.
You can see how happy he becomes when he recognizes that No can also be neutral, that it needn’t carry the emotional charge it had in the beginning of the lesson. This led to his ability to differentiate’ No’ from ‘Yes’. and his subsequent discovery of Yes.