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We aim to build a comprehensive database of therapies on the Firefly Garden. The children and conditions they’re suitable for, where they’re available, their cost and so on!

What therapies to you do with your child which would be considered ‘alternative therapies’?

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06 January 2015 08:54 PM # 1

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These are all considered alternative therapies.
Prices on any of these are most always out-of-pocket costs.  These can range from weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly sessions, to intensive sessions (days or weeks) to camps (weeks or months).  Therapies can range from $50 hourly all the way into thousands of dollars for intensive sessions and camps.  Some can be done locally (state-to-state) some are specific to certain areas and require room, board and traveling expenses in addition to the cost of the therapy. 

*Conductive Education  
* Feldenkrais Therapy
*MNRI (Masgtova Method Therapy)
*Stem Cell Therapy
* Dolphin Therapy  
*Reiki Therapy
*Gesret Method Therapy  
*Hippotherapy
*Cranial Sacral Therapy  
*ABA Therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis) 
*Warm Water Therapy  
*Music Therapy  
*Dance Therapy
*ABR (Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation Therapy)
*ABM Therapy (Anat Baniel Method)
*Acupuncture  
*Bones for Life  
*Therasuit Therapy
*MBS Therapy (Mind, Body & Soul)   
*Massage Therapy
*Chava Shelhav Method Therapy  
*Color/Light Therapy
*HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) 
*Vision/CVI Therapy
*Movement Therapy
*Therapy Through Art  
*Yoga Therapy
*Vital Stim Therapy
*Aromatherapy  
*Tactile Therapy
*Animal-Assisted Therapy
*Medek Therapy

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08 January 2015 11:07 AM # 2

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I’m not sure about alternative, I guess because I am very sceptical about most alternative therapies. But these are a few non-NHS provided things that we do.

* Music Therapy (though Nordoff-Robbins http://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/ for UK based people they are a brilliany charity that provide music therapy in London and I think elsewhere)
* Snowdrop (http://www.snowdrop.cc/)
* Brainwave (http://www.brainwave.org.uk/)
* Footsteps (http://footstepscentre.com/)
* Consuctive Education (http://www.smallsteps.org.uk/)

30 January 2015 08:40 PM # 3

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We also do Snowdrop (http://www.snowdrop.cc), which has been fantastic for us.
It was the first time sensory processing was ever mentioned and I love the holistic approach.
So hard to tell what therapies (or even any of them!) have helped with progress and development, but we think the snowdrop programme has definitley improved Twinkle’s vision.

06 February 2015 10:49 PM # 4

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We have started Anat Baniel therapy in London having found a provider here in the UK. If you are interested in the holistic approach then I can’t recommend her book enough - Kids Beyond Limits. It has altered my viewpoint and, at times, my parenting style as well as a therapeutic approach.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0399537368/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

06 February 2015 11:00 PM # 5

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jburger83 - 06 February 2015 10:49 PM

We have started Anat Baniel therapy in London having found a provider here in the UK. If you are interested in the holistic approach then I can’t recommend her book enough - Kids Beyond Limits. It has altered my viewpoint and, at times, my parenting style as well as a therapeutic approach.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0399537368/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

So glad to hear that London has ABM, we have been doing it a little more than 5 years.  It has been so successful for us, we love the method.  Even had a chance to attend a parent class with Anat.  She’s truly gifted.  I also really love her other book Move into Life and her Children with Special Needs DVD was excellent.

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07 February 2015 08:02 PM # 6

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Healing Heart - 06 February 2015 11:00 PM
jburger83 - 06 February 2015 10:49 PM

We have started Anat Baniel therapy in London having found a provider here in the UK. If you are interested in the holistic approach then I can’t recommend her book enough - Kids Beyond Limits. It has altered my viewpoint and, at times, my parenting style as well as a therapeutic approach.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0399537368/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

So glad to hear that London has ABM, we have been doing it a little more than 5 years.  It has been so successful for us, we love the method.  Even had a chance to attend a parent class with Anat.  She’s truly gifted.  I also really love her other book Move into Life and her Children with Special Needs DVD was excellent.

Ooh haven’t come across the DVD, so will have to look. Whereabouts does she practice in the USA? Until we found the London practitioner I would have considered coming over to NYC to find someone as I was so inspired by her book. We can’t go as often as I would like but it has been great. Such a gentle, wonderful method that gives the child a voice - at the risk of sounding like a total hippy!

08 February 2015 04:21 AM # 7

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jburger83 - 07 February 2015 08:02 PM
Healing Heart - 06 February 2015 11:00 PM
jburger83 - 06 February 2015 10:49 PM

We have started Anat Baniel therapy in London having found a provider here in the UK. If you are interested in the holistic approach then I can’t recommend her book enough - Kids Beyond Limits. It has altered my viewpoint and, at times, my parenting style as well as a therapeutic approach.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0399537368/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

So glad to hear that London has ABM, we have been doing it a little more than 5 years.  It has been so successful for us, we love the method.  Even had a chance to attend a parent class with Anat.  She’s truly gifted.  I also really love her other book Move into Life and her Children with Special Needs DVD was excellent.

Ooh haven’t come across the DVD, so will have to look. Whereabouts does she practice in the USA? Until we found the London practitioner I would have considered coming over to NYC to find someone as I was so inspired by her book. We can’t go as often as I would like but it has been great. Such a gentle, wonderful method that gives the child a voice - at the risk of sounding like a total hippy!

Anat practices in San Rafael, CA.  But occasionally she travels which is how I was able to attend one of her parent classes.  She offers intensive sessions at her location in CA (although costly, I hear very worth it).  Practitioner Marcy Lindheimer is in NYC, and I hear she is excellent and works closely with Anat.  It is a bit hard sometimes to explain ABM to someone at first, as it’s different from most traditional approaches, but it’s one of those therapies if you try it you tend to love what it does for your child.

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16 December 2015 05:10 AM # 8

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My Son is 15 months old and he has been doing CME (Cuevas Medek Exercise)  for 4 months now. Its the only “alternative” method we’ve came across in Lisbon, Portugal so far… Its an intensive program so we go to the clinic 3 times a week and also do it at home for at least 45 min every day. He is also doing Fisioterapy 2 times a week since he came home from hospital and hidroterapy since he was 7 months old ( he LOVES the pool!).
Starting CME was a very good decision, for he was not cooperating with the Fisotherapy ( he could not stand to be touched or moved ). CME is a series of very simple passive exercises that are repeted many times in order to “print” this information in brain.  Each exercise is a small part of a movement we want the child to be able to do on its own. For example the action of seating is subdivided in about 4 exercises that are repeated from 3-5 times on each side. Once each of these exercises are done correctly they are joined together.
My son cooperated very well with this method and started to enjoy doing this simple exercises as they were a game.

08 March 2016 06:53 PM # 9

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Hi. New to this group. We do alternative therapies with our daughter. Conductive Education and HBOT, hippotherapy.  Does anyone have experience with MNRI therapy? Something I have just learned about.  Thanks

28 March 2016 03:54 AM # 10

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selemke80 - 08 March 2016 06:53 PM

Hi. New to this group. We do alternative therapies with our daughter. Conductive Education and HBOT, hippotherapy.  Does anyone have experience with MNRI therapy? Something I have just learned about.  Thanks

Hi Selemke80,
We have been doing MNRI for about two years and have seen great results.  It is a therapy I would highly recommend.

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