Practising yoga creates a sense of calm and focus and heightens awareness of the body's functions and movements. For children with sensory processing difficulties - because they either have low sensory thresholds and are overwhelmed by sensory stimulation, or because they have high thresholds and do not register stimulation - yoga can be hugely beneficial.
This book presents easy-to-follow basic postures and sequences for children and young people which can be easily adapted for adults. Nicole Cuomo gives practical advice for how to choose appropriate sequences according to the child's particular needs and mood, knowing that yoga will be most beneficial when it is fun! Photographs of each posture supplement the descriptions.
This practical book provides a wide range of ideas for therapists, educators and parents to help their children with sensory processing needs.
Nicole Cuomo has been a pediatric occupational therapist for over 15 years, working in school-based practice for most of that time and also conducting motor groups and parent and educator training, as well as individual treatment. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years, has been teaching for three, and lives in Connecticut, USA.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. What is Yoga? 2. Sensory Integration - a brief overview. 3. How can yoga and Sensory Integration work together? 4. Yoga practice and age groups. 5. Basic postures - suggestions for age groups/sensory input. 6. Integration of the practices.