Located in Ottawa, ON, and travels to
Montreal, QC a few days per month
I want you to know, as a parent to a child with special needs, I am right there with you. I see you.
How it all Started
Before making a drastic career change to become a pediatric Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® practitioner, and now life coach, I was a business professional for over 10 years where I excelled in fostering change and transformation in the workplace.
The turning point in my life was the birth of my youngest daughter, Gabriela, born with Atypical Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that would leave her non-verbal, non-ambulatory, and with little to no capacity to use her arms and hands voluntarily.
Gabi's birth and the events that followed, set me on a path of deep transformation and growth. After much reflection and personal healing, I realized that Gabi’s arrival into our lives was the greatest blessing and gift our family could have ever experienced, permanently changing our view of what was the meaning of life.
A Sequence of Events
In early years, I was determined to help Gabi reach her full potential and spent months researching and exploring alternative modalities, travelling to various cities across the US and Canada. Unfortunately, conventional therapies didn't work for Gabi, forcing us to think outside the box and explore what else was out there.
In 2018, I co-founded Evolve Movement Canada, and in 2020, I founded Becoming Butterflies Inc. as a means to guide and coach families on their journey with their special needs child. A service I felt was greatly needed to empower parents in supporting their child with special needs towards reaching their full potential.
Why the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®?
I committed to ABM NeuroMovement® as a constant form of therapy for Gabi when she was one and half. It had such a beautiful impact on her development, from a physical, cognitive and emotional standpoint. Tremendous progress was made immediately after beginning treatments, and after nine months of lessons, I decided this form of therapy was worth me investing to become an ABM NeuroMovement® practitioner to help Gabi myself.
To this day, Gabi continues to progress with this modality, the biggest benefit being that changes can be observed across the board. She will never outgrow this work - it wakes up her brain and keeps her learning and evolving. I still believe this was the best modality I could have chosen to support my daughter and all the other wonderful children I am blessed to work with every day.
My transformation As a Parent
Through the training, I experienced incredible change physically, cognitively, and emotionally. I healed much of my childhood wounds, released a lot of suppressed emotions and became hyper aware of myself and others. I became more conscious, and awakened to a new way of being, seeing and living. This transformation temporarily shifted my focus from my daughter to healing myself, finding my joy, my passion and my truth, which ultimately helped Gabi find happiness in just being herself, finally feeling like she was enough.
You see, the more I healed within myself, the more I felt able to help Gabi by tuning into her needs, not my own need for who or what I wanted her to be. I began to truly see and value her, who she was and what was unique about her. What was special in her.
These discoveries completely shifted the trajectory of our therapy regimen to one that was more tailored to Gabi's interests, and her overall physical, mental and emotional health and well being. Her joy and happiness became my compass.
Getting to know her on a deeper level, beyond societal expectations, helped me support her on her path to internal fulfillment, joy and peace. It helped me understand who I needed to be for her, and how I could support her in reaching her full potential.
Becoming a Life Coach
Through my professional work and personal experience, I have come to understand that parents have a pivotal role in helping their children realize their full potential.
It is imperative that parents take time to go inwards and heal the wounds that are triggered by the challenges they or their children experience. Healing these wounds are the first step in making room for them to actually see their child as the beautiful spiritual being that is present and that is here to teach them.
Once parents loosen their grip and awaken to other possibilities, their children have more freedom to express themselves in their true essence and be loved and adored for who they are and what is special about them. Moreover, families are then able to look to modalities that better reflect the child’s needs, who they are and where they're going.
The benefits don't just stop with special needs children. This is a family affair; an opportunity for everyone to discover themselves deeply and shine their light from the inside out. When one parent heals their emotional pain and trauma, and opens their eyes to the true meaning of life, it has a ripple effect on all of those living in the household and beyond.
My goal is to help parents understand their role in their children's lives, giving them tools to get there, all the while helping the children thrive and progress through ABM NeuroMovement®. I am dedicated to helping families through guidance and education on the multiple options out there for the whole family to transform.
ABM Certified NeuroMovement® Practitioner
ABM NeuroMovement® for Children Practitioner
ABM NeuroMovement® for Anti-Aging and Vitality Practitioner
ABM NeuroMovement® for High Performers Practitioner
ABM NeuroMovement® Coach - Through Your Hands
Certified Reiki Master
Psycho-Bio Acupressure - Level 1
Certified Life Coach (in examination stage)
Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Coaching for Children with Special Needs (in training)
Take a look at my recent blog posts:
Blog #1: Life's Toughest Curve Ball can Sometimes be our Greatest Blessing
Blog #2: When is it Truly Time to Listen to That Little Voice Inside
Blog #3: Releasing the Past, Celebrating Change and Looking to New Beginnings
Blog #4: Part 1 - Learning to be Grateful for our Journey as Special Needs Parents
Blog #6: Limiting Beliefs & Conditioning are the Greatest Cause of Our Suffering on This Journey
What Christine's Clients are Saying
Infant with Cerebral Palsy
We turned to ABM and Christine in hopes of it helping our daughter Luna be the best version of herself as she lives with cerebral palsy. After only a few sessions, her alertness, enhanced posture and improved range of motion were noticeable to all, including family and doctors. Christine is patient, caring and passionate. You can truly see the love she has for these kids and the urgency to help them. Following Anat’s techniques she truly helped our daughter achieve new goals we had been working on for weeks. Her ability to be guided by the child, using ABM to awaken parts of our daughter's brain was not only fascinating but miraculous. She often told us Luna has an “amazing brain” with such excitement. At first, we were taken back, as parents of a child with severe brain damage, “amazing brain” is not something that crosses our mind when describing our daughter but as she would move Luna, limb by limb, vertebrae by vertebrae, her body responded, and with Christine’s guidance her abilities improved. Our views on our daughters' brain damage has changed. She indeed has an “amazing brain” and we will keep learning new skills and push neuroplasticity through ABM. We are forever grateful to Christine for our sessions and hope she can use her technique, compassion and skill to aide as many children and adults with special needs.
Melissa & Corey
3 year old with spastic Cerebral Palsy
In just a short amount of time, it was clear that Christine's work was effectively decreasing my son`s high muscle tone caused by cerebral palsy. This provided him with much more freedom in his movements and much more freedom to explore movement possibilities. We frequently see him ''do something new'' and gain in his gross motor skills following ABM lessons.
Christine`s ability to connect with the children she works with is remarkable. In just two short series of lessons, my son developed a bond with her and is extremely fond of her. We have now been seeing Christine L'Abbé for over a year and they continue to have a lovely, trusting, warm relationship. It is beautiful to see my son have such a beautiful relationship with someone who is helping him make connections with what his body can do. Christine L'Abbé is a calm, kind and compassionate soul and a very competent practitioner and we are very lucky to have her in Ottawa. I encourage anyone who has a child with special needs, a loved one who is recovering from a neuromuscular disorder or anyone who just wants a better mind body connection to see Christine and discover the ABM method.
3 year old with severe spasticity/dystonia
Christine came to Kingston and worked with my daughter for four days 2 sessions a day... am absolutely amazed at the connection she had with my daughter, Faith will let you know if she likes you or not. She loved Christine .. since Faith's surgery and cardiac arrests we have never seen her move so much with so much range of motion than we did in the past four days 00, Faith is usually very high tone (high spasticity and dystonia ) We definitely can not wait to work with her again and am so excited to she how far she comes with her... I would definitely recommend this approach after what we witnessed as opposed to daily forced exercises with your child. so happy we found her.
7 year old with fine motor delays and difficulties with attention/focus
Emma loved each class.
With Christine’s guidance and help, she succeeded to accomplish the exercices. She certainly felt the affectionate, so encouraging and positive approach and energy that Christine emanated all the time during our sessions.
I think that Christine, with her knowledge, professionalism, kindness and humanity is one of these “angels who may be on a mission on earth” to help others and bring so much light and hope for new possibilities in the family’s life for their “different” child.
Christine simply embraces the child as the child is. It is so uplifting for a parent to see that a therapist is also capable of putting the similar amount of believe in this child as we have in our motherly heart and that we are not alone in that.
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Christine was featured in a recent interview with Global News Edmonton on "How to Talk to Your Kids About Differences and Disabilities".
Here's an extra passage on the message she was trying to communicate:
"I would add to this and say that l believe it's important to celebrate differences, not just notice them. It's often what makes us different that helps us tap into what is unique within us.
When I speak of gifts in this segment, I speak of something you're good at, or comes naturally to you. Something that you've developed perhaps more than others, that you just get. This could be in art, music, sport, academia, but it can also be mindfulness/presence, intuition, emotional intelligence, ability to see more than what meets the eye, and so forth.
My daughter with special needs is one of the only 5 year old's I know that can sit outside quietly, enjoying the trees move, listening to the birds chirp, feeling the wind blowing in her face with absolute delight. Talk about enjoying the little things.
Here's another example - a child with dyslexia may develop immense empathy and compassion as a result of her challenges, serving her in the future in building better relationships and leading successful teams who work together and support each other.
The same applies to the sibling of a child with special needs - they have an opportunity to develop so many amazing qualities as a result of growing up with a brother or sister with special needs. Inclusion, empathy, compassion, kindness, the ability to notice qualities in others that sometimes are not so apparent at first glance, the ability to tune in to their siblings needs because they often don't communicate the same way.
Imagine how much these qualities could serve all our kids later in life.
I have the privilege to work with multiple children with special needs daily, and these children are beautiful, bright, full of love and kindness. They light up my day. Couldn't we all learn a little from them? I certainly do.
The point is that if we just expanded our view of what is a quality in a person, a gift, perhaps those with special needs wouldn't be viewed as non-equals quite as much."