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Functional Integration

Working with children

Every child has special needs

Creating new movement possibilities, and therefore new neural pathways, forms the basis for learning new actions and behaviour.

I use my knowledge of typical developmental movement to first observe what a child can do, to then help them learn the missing pieces of developmental movement which are most useful to them right now.

I look for what arouses a child’s attention and interest (a favourite toy, their relation to a parent, or the way they perceive light or sound for example) in order to connect with them so that they engage in the process – the method is not something we do to your child but with them.

This is how every child learns.

By establishing trust and connection with a child, I explore what they can already do since this will be the base upon which we can build new possibilities

Working with your child not on them

Respecting a child’s emotional, psychological and physical needs and helping them to feel comfortable and secure is of primary importance in this learning process.

At times I may challenge them in order to learn, but never to the point of stress. Stress inhibits learning while comfort and enjoyment supports learning.

As a result, I work not only with improving a child’s physical abilities, but also to support their emotional and psychological development.

As a child’s movement, perception and behaviour develops, their cognitive abilities also often improve.

My intention is to support your child to become as physically, emotionally and psychologically independent as possible

Creating conditions for learning

I work not only on the child’s learning and development during the sessions, but also on partnering with and empowering you and your carers to support your child’s ongoing development.

By placing our emphasis on creating fertile conditions for learning, everyone involved learns to develop their own actions and behaviours to best support their own and the child’s growth.

Besides my Feldenkrais training, I have a post-graduate Advanced Training for Feldenkrais Practitioners with Theory and Techniques from Anat Baniel Method (sm) for Children taught by Nancy Aberle.

I was introduced to working with children by my wife Sophie Dingemans ( with whom I collaborate. Since we have different but complementary skills as Feldenkrais practitioners, we encourage parents to work with both of us.

We also travel to offer five-day long intensives in Horsens (Denmark), Odense (Denmark), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Bucharest (Romania).