Learn how to reach the hearts and minds of neurodiverse children with creativity, intuition, and excellent therapeutic tools. In the process, we’ll learn what these very special children have to teach us.

MEDITATION / RELAXATION to decrease stress and promote stillness of the mind for increased attention and ability to focus
MOVEMENT to improve motor planning, balance, coordination, strength and flexibility
plucaBREATH to enhance self-regulation, modulation and organization as well as supporting respiration for language

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Discover how to use yoga-based activities to support and enhance the effectiveness of your treatment for children with special needs
  • Understand how yoga strengthens the brain-body connection and enhances learning for all children
  • Create fun and innovative yoga lessons that address therapeutic goals for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language therapy
  • Examine therapeutic variations for specific disorders and learning challenges
  • Demonstrate breathing techniques, yoga poses and meditations for facilitating relaxation, self regulation, attention and ability to focus
Guiding the course will be expert Yoga therapists, behavior specialists, and Occupational Therapists who work every day with children with CP, Down syndrome, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, and other physical and mental challenges.

18 class hours, 2 hours at home journaling Includes morning Sadhana practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. No pre-requisite. Counts as 20 hour module for Radiant Child 200 and 95 hour certification. Counts as 20 Continuing Ed credits with Yoga Alliance.

Instructors

shakta

Shakta Khalsa

alison

Allison Morgan

Taught by Shakta Khalsa, ERYT-500, and Allison Morgan, MA, OTR. They will join together along with Radiant Child Yoga Trainers who have expertise in SPD to teach this exciting exploration into Yoga for Children with Special Intensions!

As a pediatric physical therapist attending Yoga to treat the Differently-abled Child, I brought home a plethora of clinical applications, ideas, techniques and games to put use with my patients. The 2 instructors complimented one another beautifully with all their clinical knowledge along with their yoga and meditative expertise. I loved the use of music and movement as a yoga treatment option. I highly recommend this class for health care clinicians, along with educators and yoga instructors looking to integrate the special needs population in their classes
Kathy Harrington, MA, PT Winchester Hospital, MA
In teaching kids’ yoga classes since the training, I have found a new direction. It is almost as if before, I was just going through the motions, and now after the training, I have a much deeper aspect to my teaching. I think also that as I deepen my own personal practice, this will reflect in how and what I teach with children.

I have also incorporated many of the activities/techniques, such as the caterpillar in a cocoon (rolling the child up in a blanket), and find that the kids love it and want more. We run out of time every class to do everything that they (and I) want to do!

I also loved all the science behind the poses. It all just makes so much sense! I am incredibly motivated to continue learning!

Nellie P.