Feldenkrais and Autism : Jared's Story
Feldenkrais has changed Jared's life. Read about his progress as reported by his parents.
Changes in Jared after beginning ABM lessons:
AFTER 2 SESSIONS:
- No tripping up the stairs, better balance
- Asked for help to stop biting nails
- Playing with a dinky car normally
- No arm flailing when running
- Printing “I love you mom!”
AFTER 3 SESSIONS:
- Throwing and catching a ball!!
- Much better overhead arm movement
- Very interested in football
- Built a security checkpoint for our trip to Kingston (imaginative play)
AFTER 5 SESSIONS:
- Less tripping up the stairs and when running down a hill
- Toes aren’t pointed as bad
- Not leaning forward so much when walking up stairs or running
- Arms are looser at sides (not tucked in like a bird’s wings), less flapping when running
- Throwing ball better in the ball pit
- Printing “buddy” was awesome
- Asking to wear glasses
- Playing nicely at funworx
- Giving high 5 more accurately
- Dancing to “I like to move it”
AFTER 7 SESSIONS:
- Huge improvement in pencil grip and forming letters
- More symbolic play – cars with the city rug mat
- Used computer
- Doing more puzzles on own, a bit easier for him
AFTER 8 SESSIONS:
- More sensitive to cold and pain (camping with 4 sweaters)
- Lots of interest in writing, crafts, model helicopter
- Trying to turn door knobs, but still difficult
- Wrote “J” with the hook the right way
- Doing up own seat belt
AFTER 9 SESSIONS:
- Copying “happy birthday tyler” on his own from a piece of paper I’d written it on and didn’t lose his place. Letters were neat and in a straight line but he started words at the bottom of the page. Good spacing. Still struggling reading some numbers. Stuck on the teens, but better after 20.
- Big improvement in printing numbers but still tricky.
- Peeling stickers off the page himself. Never done before.
- Asking for “more massage” – back , neck, head, arms, legs. Never wanted to be touched before and couldn’t stand it for more than 2 seconds without squirming.
AFTER 12 SESSIONS: (June 27, 2008)
- SINGING! Becoming more vocal and less embarrassed.
- Said the word ‘elephant’ correctly on his own.
- Said ‘I’m sorry’ to his sister without prompting
- Actually referred to his sister as ‘My sister’. (He usually claims he doesn’t have one at all and omits her from family drawings)
- Balance/posture on bike is now straight.
- Sleeping through the night more consistently.
AFTER 16 SESSIONS (July 30)
- Is opening tricky door handles
- Had no social problems at a BBQ in an enclosed area with relatively unfamiliar kids, and his sister
- When I tell him Karen is coming now, he says “okay”.
- Karen notices he is much more relaxed and willing to be touched
- Finally said the word “hospital” correctly, on his own
- Played with a neighbour kid and his sister without incident (never happened before where they talked nicely, compromised and enjoyed themselves)
- Advocate through me: is now asking for help more consistently when his words don’t work, instead of using physical aggression as his next mode (there is still some physical aggression)
- Loves to spin and can control himself when he is dizzy
- Less fear in the pool: doesn’t mind water on his face now
- Sleeping more soundly and through the night consistently; waking up later (7/7:30 vs. 5:30 or 6)
- Drawings are becoming more complex and detailed (drew a dinosaur being hit by a meteor)
- Really enjoying playing tackle and wrestling games
- Finally interested in the computer and learning to maneuver keys