Misty A. Watson
Life Skills – Transitions into Independent Living
Life Skills helps people with disabilities live and work with dignity in our community. Established more than 44 years ago, Life Skills serves more than 1,400 adults and teens each year. Participants in the program are provided with aid, support, and opportunities to live independently, find and keep a job, make friends, and access all that St. Louis offers.
More information about Life Skills, their specific services, and upcoming events can be found on the web or by phone at (314) 567-7705.
St. Louis Arc – Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families
The non-profit, United Way agency, St. Louis Arc has been providing support, services, and opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families since 1950. More than 3,000 adults and children in the St. Louis-area benefit from St. Louis Arc through services and resources such as community integration, early childhood services, employment, family education, and residential and leisure support.
The mission of St. Louis Arc is to provide higher quality services to help people with developmental disabilities, and their families, achieve their goals. To learn more about this organization, contact the staff at (314) 569-2211 or via email.
Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis
At the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis, the mission is to benefit the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families through individual and family support, information, public awareness, and advocacy. The association thrives on a strong set of core values and the vision to be the most comprehensive resource on Down syndrome. A variety of resources are available such as parent community support groups, a calendar of events, and education seminars and conferences. For more information, visit www.dsagsl.org or by phone at (314) 961-2504, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Chad Estes – Evaluation Through Movement
Drawing on recent developments in neuroscience and training in the Anat Baniel Method, Chad Estes ABM, GCFP works with the capacity of the human brain in order to enhance the lives of those with special needs. Movement and awareness of self are the main tools utilized to communicate with the brain, providing information the brain needs to form missing neural patterns. Whether in a child with developmental difficulties, or an adult dealing with chronic pain or recovering from a stroke, the human brain has the capacity to work around those limitations – under the proper conditions.
Evolution Through Movement is the private practice of Estes, and provides a specialty focus on facilitating the development of children with special needs, however, he works with anyone who would benefit from the services. The practice is based upon the culmination of 18 years of study and practice in the fields of education, biology, physiology, kinesiology, movement science, and neurophysiology. In addition to his experience in physical education and his 12 years in the health care arena, Estes also apprenticed under Anat Baniel over the last four years. He is a certified practitioner of the Anat Baniel Method. This method, based on the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, is scientifically based and medical doctors and specialists have validated its benefits.
The Anat Baniel Method facilitates the child’s ability to develop to a much greater extent than previously thought possible. It is effective at any age, but results are more dramatic and easily achieved if the child begins on this method during the early years when the neurological pathways are still developing.
Sessions are one-on-one and normally take place initially in clusters of 5-10 over a week’s time. The work is very gentle, non-invasive and easily tolerated by even the most physically challenged person. For more information, contact Estes at 314-249-3367.
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