Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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by Dion E. Betts, Stacey W. Betts
     
 

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Having successfully used yoga to combat the stress of their own busy lives, Dion and Stacey Betts discovered its potential for their son Joshua, who has Asperger Syndrome.

This fully-illustrated book combines the authors' professional expertise with their experience of parenting, offering a range of gentle and fun yoga positions and breathing techniques that are

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Having successfully used yoga to combat the stress of their own busy lives, Dion and Stacey Betts discovered its potential for their son Joshua, who has Asperger Syndrome.

This fully-illustrated book combines the authors' professional expertise with their experience of parenting, offering a range of gentle and fun yoga positions and breathing techniques that are effective in dealing with the increased levels of anxiety, disorientation and tactile sensitivity often found in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

The authors give step-by-step descriptions of warming-up, strengthening, calming, and tension-releasing exercises that are suitable for reducing coping mechanisms, such as hand-flapping, and increasing muscle tone, muscle strength and body awareness. They also offer a range of short and long sequences that can be tailored to fit the needs of the individual child.

Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is ideal for parents and caregivers who want to use simple yoga techniques to help children with ASDs overcome some of the symptoms of the disorder.

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Library Journal
As the parents of a child with Asperger syndrome, special education administrator Dion E. Betts (coauthor, Homespun Remedies: Strategies in the Home and Community for Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Disorders) and yoga practitioner Stacey W. Betts are sensitive to the needs of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Here they explain how yoga can be beneficial to such children through a series of illustrated, easy-to-follow yoga poses and breathing techniques. They introduce warm-up, strengthening, tension-releasing, and calming poses; two short sequences for lighter days; and four breathing techniques. Photos present two levels of a pose, and imagery is employed metaphorically as well, to help the child better understand a pose (e.g., one must be strong in the bridge pose to hold up the cars and trucks that roll over a bridge). This book, which can be used by parents wanting to introduce their children to yoga, shows how stress and anxiety can be lessened in both parties through patience and hands-on interaction. Recommended for all libraries.-Dede Fellrath-Archer, Naples, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843108177
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
102
Sales rank:
817,400
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.21(d)

Meet the Author

Dion E. Betts, Ed.D., is Superintendent of Schools, Boyertown Area School District, USA.

Stacey W. Betts is an attorney and assists families with children with disabilities. Dion E. Betts, Ed.D., is Assistant to the Superintendent for Instructional Support at South Western School District in Hanover, PA. Dion and Stacey are the authors of Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Dion is co-author of Homespun Remedies: Strategies in the Home and Community for Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Disorders, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Stacey and Dion live in Lancaster, PA with their five children, one of whom has AS.

Dion E. Betts is a special education administrator, adjunct professor, writer, and presenter. His main interest is investigating the experiences of individuals with disabilities and finding ways to help them have satisfactory home, community, and school experiences. He is also co-author of Homespun Remedies: Strategies in the Home and Community for Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Disorders, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Stacey W. Betts has been a yoga practitioner for ten years. She is currently on leave from the practice of law and is a homemaker. As an attorney, Stacey assisted families with children with disabilities and women with domestic relations issues. Stacey and Dion live in Lancaster, PA with their five children, one of whom has Asperger Syndrome.

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I've been looking for ways of helping my grandson without the use of medication. The book is easy to use. I don't know much about yoga, but the pictures and explanations guide you through simple poses and breathing exercises. I like the book and my grandson likes to do the poses.