HANDLE: Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment & Learning Efficiency
I had the special opportunity to ask a real life mom about what HANDLE has done to help her son. Check out below the short interview and insightful answers from Idil Cakim.
HANDLE stands for Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment & Learning Efficiency designed to help the brain “gently change itself.” It was founded and developed by Judith Bluestone, author of “The Fabric of Autism” and an example of neuroplasticity.
What do you like best about HANDLE?
Idil: I came across HANDLE through a recommendation from a friend who knew I was looking for sensory integration solutions. I joined the Level 1 training and I personally felt the positive impact it can have on someone’s body. I was later able to apply it to my son during our play time. It’s non-invasive, effective and smart.
When do you use HANDLE? Is it spur of the moment/as needed or a more regular session?
Idil: We first started using HANDLE while on vacation when we did not have access to other therapies. We had a short set of recommendations put together by a HANDLE practitioner who had observed our son (in a very non-intrusive, humane way) and had put together a mini program for him. After that week, our son started showing less struggle with high sensory areas such as the art table or dinner table. He then started holding his own spoon and feeding himself, which he did not want to do before.
We applied HANDLE basics for up to a year almost every day. I noticed the tapping exercises calmed him down and helped him regulate. He moved closer to the midpoint in certain activities.
What is the name of your favorite exercise? What does it help?
Idil: To this day, I use the skull tapping, finger and toe stimulation, hand/feet kneading and catwalk down my son’s back on a regular basis – at least several times a week. I find these help “put out little fires” he may be experiencing in his body and help him both relax and regulate.
Thank you so much for these insights, Idil.