HANDLE is an approach that builds on an extraordinary understanding of how neural pathways in the brain develop and how they continuously change throughout life, depending on a wide variety of factors such as “what we do or don’t do, nutrition, environment, stress and more. Through skillful observation and analysis your HANDLE provider can decode which the strong areas in the brain are and which are the areas that need some support. Once these are determined a home based individually tailored activity program will be created.
HANDLE activities might involve particular massages, rhythmic organized movement or games. Some may need simple equipment and others can be done anywhere.
HANDLE was created by the late Judith Bluestone who had over 15 years of advanced study including: education, nutrition, counseling, human development, neuropsychology, visual processing, sensory-motor integration, reflexology and more. Her doctoral studies were in neurodevelopment. In1989 Judith's program received the National Price for Early Childhood Education of the State of Israel. In the US, she received in 2002 the Case Western Reserve University Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2004 she received the Jefferson Award which led to the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award. All these for her outstanding services.
HANDLE gets to the root of what some might consider problematic behaviors by listening and observing, not pushing or judging.
HANDLE can assist children and adults labeled with, but not limited to: ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tourette's Syndrome, Anxiety, Depression, Seizure Disorders, ODC, ODD, PDD-NOS, Issues of Aging, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Genetic Disorders, and more.
For more info, go to www.handle.org
The Effectiveness of HANDLE Activities for Individuals on the Spectrum within a School System - a project run within a Nova Scotian high school
Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery - in collaboration with the University of Washington
HANDLE for Whole Class Use - Wembly U.K.
HANDLE with Foster-Adopt Children
In 2018, HANDLE received a $ 2.25 million dollar 4 year grant to be implemented, train staff and be researched in the school district of Alameda County, California. Stay tuned for updates!