Promoting health and wellness in the school setting.
by Melissa C. Fedosh
The author, an occupational therapist and registered yoga teacher, offers a “unique yoga program [ for kids]-Yoga with a Twist®–that incorporates the promotion of health and wellness in the school and community for children and youth.”
Occupational therapists are among the foremost promoters of using yoga in therapy. Yoga, the author states ” is a great form of exercise and the benefits are wonderful at any age. Yoga is a social activity that is a great form of exercise that positively impacts physical and emotional health. A structured yoga class is a wonderfully rich sensory experience and can help open the lines of commutation, ultimately helping children learn functional coping strategies for dealing with stressful life situations.”
The author offers several unique yoga exercises including “What is in your sandwich?” stretch and “apple picking” stretch that can be used with a variety of age groups.
Original Source: Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners
Here are slides from Christine’s presentation at the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention in Philadelphia Nov 2010. This presentation reviews the benefits of yoga and yogic exercises, such as breathing techniques, that can be employed to help remediate speech and language disorders in children.
The presentation addresses the benefits of yoga on kids and especially those receiving speech and language services from speech-language pathologists (SLP). Children with disordes such as articulation, language, autism specturm, ADD, ADHD, fluency can all benefit from yogic exercises which reduces anxiety and lowers stress levels resulting in more attentive, more task-focused and more retentive children.