Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child: Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting

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Yoga therapy is gaining rapid recognition as a form of treatment that can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of children with a variety of complex needs. This book contains a specially-designed yoga program for use with children of all abilities, and provides both parents and professionals with the knowledge they need to carry out the therapy themselves.

The program consists of a series of postures, each of which is explained and accompanied by an illustration. The ...

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Overview

Yoga therapy is gaining rapid recognition as a form of treatment that can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of children with a variety of complex needs. This book contains a specially-designed yoga program for use with children of all abilities, and provides both parents and professionals with the knowledge they need to carry out the therapy themselves.

The program consists of a series of postures, each of which is explained and accompanied by an illustration. The postures are designed to help children understand and use their bodies, and work towards positive changes such as realigning the spine, encouraging eye-contact, and promoting calm and steady breathing. Consideration is given to creating the right setting for carrying out the therapy, assessing an individual child's particular needs, and making the sessions fun using games and props. Sections on yoga therapy for specific conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy are included, and the book concludes with child and parent reports on how the program has worked for them, and a list of useful contacts and resources.

This practical book is a must for parents, teachers, therapists and other professionals, and anybody else who wants to help a child to develop through enjoyable and therapeutic yoga sessions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848190276
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 883,461
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 13

1 Introduction 15

Normal development 15

Developmental challenges 16

Similarities between yoga and neuro-developmental therapy 17

Yoga meets therapy goals 17

2 The Benefits of Yoga 19

The breath 20

Body awareness 21

Motor planning 22

Spirit of communication 23

Behavioral self-regulation 24

Social skills 24

Universal awareness 25

Multidisciplinary 25

Sensory integration 26

Natural setting 27

Multidimensional approach 27

Healthy body 28

Restorative 29

Sleep patterns 29

Skill set 29

Energetic alignment 30

3 Getting Ready 31

Creating a space 31

When, how often and for how long? 33

Assessment by observation 34

Introducing the setting 34

4 The Yoga Program 35

Paradigm for success 35

Yoga program sequence 37

Namasté 38

Breath work 40

Tibetan bells 46

Mudra and mantra 48

Savasana (resting supine) 50

Full body stretch 52

Leg extensions 54

Supine spinal twist 58

Arch 62

Spinal roll to sitting 64

Forward bend 66

Table 68

Volcano 70

Butterfly breathing with yoga hug 74

Butterfly 79

Flower 82

Sitting spinal twist 84

Sitting sway pose 88

Cat 92

Downward dog 94

Upward-facing dog 96

Child's pose 98

Squat 100

Standing mountain 102

Helicopter 104

Half moon 106

Half wheel 110

Umbrella 112

Triangle 114

Tree pose 118

Helicopter 120

Savasana with guided imagery 122

Closing mudra and mantra 130

Namasté 133

5 Yoga and the Energy Body 135

The root chakra-stability 136

The navel chakra-relationship and creativity 138

The solar plexus chakra-self-esteem 139

The heart chakra-love and compassion 140

The throat chakra-communication 141

The browchakra-divine vision 143

The crown chakra-spiritual connection 144

6 Yoga Games 145

Games to build strength 146

Mudra and mantra games 147

Games to build confidence 148

Games using props and toys 150

Breathing games 152

Games to develop imagination 154

7 Yoga for Specific Conditions 157

Precautions 157

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 158

Autism Spectrum Disorder 159

Cancer 161

Cerebral palsy 162

Compromised respiration 163

Developmental delay 164

Down syndrome 165

Emotional sensitivity 166

Fluency disorder 167

Hemiparesis 168

High tone 169

Language delay and/or disorder 170

Low tone 171

Post-traumatic stress disorder 176

Sensory integration disorder 177

Social communication delay 178

Scoliosis 179

8 The Response: Yogis and Parents 181

References 195

Resources 197

Glossary 199

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