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Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment and Learning Efficiency

A gentle, respectful, person-centered approach to understanding behavior and supporting efficient function.

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HANDLE Assessments and Programs

Through skillful observation and analysis a HANDLE Practitioner looks for patterns to discern vulnerable systems that may be contributing to inefficiencies in daily function - what we often call challenges.


An individualized program of seemingly simple, organized movement activities is designed to gently enhance and reduce stress to these systems resulting in improved ease of everyday function and a reduction in perceived challenges.


Through regular Program Reviews, the program of activities is adapted to reduce identified stressors and support continued developmental change.

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Learn more about HANDLE's unique perspective on common challenges.

Free Community Information Presentations at 

Redtail NeuroDevelopmental Center 

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"Kim brings a strong passion for the HANDLE program and is incredibly gentle and kind.  She meets the child at whatever level he or she may be at and treats him or her with respect throughout the program."

                        Alexis Walbridge, Parent


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Introductory HANDLE Courses
Level I: HANDLE Introduction Course

Focus: This course is designed as an entry level course or a stand alone course. It goes deeply into the foundations that provide a solid base upon which the HANDLE philosophy and clinical services stand. These are principles that apply to daily function in home, work, school and community. Five HANDLE activities are explored in detail, focusing on application for different ages, capabilities, neurodevelopmental stages and needs.

Level II: HANDLE Basics Course

Focus: This course is designed to address neurodevelopmental systems in the unique, interdependent hierarchy envisioned by Judith Bluestone, Founder of HANDLE. These systems will be explored in relation to normal development, disruption of development, damage to the system, how to recognize a disruption of system function, how each system resonates with other systems, and strategies, compensations and activities that may be used to address an affected system. It begins with a brief overview of the brain. Then through exploration and understanding of the systems, perplexing behaviors and function are explained and addressed. Introductory HANDLE Activities are reviewed and six new activities are explored in detail, focusing on application for different ages, capabilities, neurodevelopmental stages and needs.


Level I & II: Combined HANDLE Introduction and Basics Courses 

Focus: This course combines the curriculum of Levels I and II in a very compact, comprehensive, intensive two days.

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