Yoga for Autism, ADHD and Special Needs
How can Yoga help children and adults with Autism, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Special Needs?
Individuals with language, communication and attention difficulties quite often need help in recognizing and dealing with feelings of anxiety and stress. They may also have sensory issues to cope with as well as poor social skills, which might make it difficult for them to interact in social situations.
A structured Yoga class, whether one-to-one or in a group, teaches breathing techniques, yoga poses and provides visual cues which teach and enhance the following:
-Social and communication skills
-Sensory Integration (SI)
-Recognition, expression and management of negative feelings
-Boost of self-esteem
What are the physical, mental and emotional benefits of Yoga for individuals with Autism, ADHD and other syndromes?
-Improvement in neuromuscular planning and coordination
-Improvement in gross and fine motor skills
-Improved capability to concentrate
-Improved capability to maintain attention (attention span broadened)
-muscular strength and flexibility
-better sleeping patterns
-better function of digestive system
Who can do this attend this kind of a Yoga class?
The “Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs” is a structured program created by Shawnee Thornton Hardy and can be taught to all individuals, of all ages, of all needs.
-Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
-Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
-Sensory Integration Disorder (SID)
-Behavioral disorders (anti-social, aggressiveness, phobias, stress)
Classes are offered by Angela Karantoni, Speech and Language Therapist M.Sc. and Yoga Instructor (200hr) who has received the “Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs” 25h with Shawnee Thornton Hardy, certified by Yoga Alliance.