Everything we see a healthy child do is the result of a complex process of differentiation in the brain, creating new connections and new patterns. All the child’s experiences, whether by her own initial random movements or by what is done with her by those caring for her, is information used by her brain to develop and grow.
When a problem like a stroke, autism, cerebral palsy, or a genetic disorder occurs, this process is interrupted and the child manifests a host of limitations. A simple example of this would be, forcing a child to move a spastic arm – this will normally give very little, or no outcome, basically because the child hasn’t garnered the know how to move that arm without the spasticity.
The child has to learn to move the arm differently to ‘differentiate’ between the two ways and then the brain will choose the easiest or more effective way.
Another example would be when a child is unable to recognize and sort emotional and social interactions and cues, repeated attempts to get that child to relate to others is at best, only partially successful. This is because their brain is unable to take in the stimulation received – and turn it into meaningful information.
ABM focuses on helping the brain do its job better. It helps the brain right itself and regain its ability to powerfully and consistently create new patterns and successful solutions.