Children with Special Needs

Children with Special Needs

In April we had the good fortune of meeting a traveling ABM practitioner, Olga Lubarsky. She worked on our daughter who is 12 years old and has cerebral palsy. She is non-ambulatory, has spastic quadriparesis, and dystonia. We started ABM lessons for our daughter last summer and were happy to get the chance to get her more ABM lessons. Olga approached Jewel with such gentleness, integrity, and sweetness which made Jewel trust her right away. She allowed Olga to work on her, and her body slowly transformed, getting softer and opening up, as if moving forward. Going from tightness to openness, from congestion to open airways. When I carried Jewel to the car she was able to melt to my body and it appeared like she was carrying some of her own weight instead of spastic and stiffness. Jewel was struggling with congestion during this time and the lessons helped work out most of the phlegm, and opened up her lungs for more efficient breathing, changing the quality of her life. We had one solid night of complete settled deep sleep: this is very rare for us. Her nervous system seemed to unwind and settle down. She moved through some emotion during one period but this did not hinder her from wanting more lessons. It is as if with each group of ABM lessons, Jewel’s speech improves. She is exhibiting more neck movement and more midline control. I will continue to look forward to Jewel gaining more connection with her body and health, as we continue to seek out ABM lessons for her. It was very special to watch the lessons, how genuinely gentle, slow and respectful Olga was with my daughter. Olga has such heartfelt integrity and her caring match her skilled hands, teaching my daughter. She always asked Jewel’s permission, included her in conversation and seemed to know where Jewel needed most help. Jewel said that Olga had the “magic”, for this is how she describes the ABM lessons and what it feels like on her body.

-Ivana


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