The evidence-based principles of yoga and mindfulness have been documented to have a lasting effect on the physical and emotional development of young children. It is critical that children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and other neurodevelopmental disorders learn these practical and effective activities to improve executive functions and self-regulation to maintain focus and engagement while limiting maladaptive behaviors. Individuals with developmental delays present a wide variety of delays in gross motor ability which movement techniques can also improve in long-term functional development. Across the nation more and more clinicians and educators alike are finding these strategies beneficial and easily integrating them into the school, therapy, and home settings.
1 Day Training Session
In this one-day interactive course, participants will understand the benefits of using yoga as a modality for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, other neurodevelopmental disorders, and how to properly integrate it across multiple settings. Participants will gain techniques to improve strength, self-awareness, focus, and regulation while promoting executive functions and well-being. Participants will be able to utilize yoga as a therapeutic tool for intervention and screening when they return to their clinic, school, or practice setting. Each section of the program has hands-on exercises and practice. Bring your energy and find your peace.
Using Pediatric Yoga and Mindfulness Program Overview
Understanding the practice of yoga and mindfulness
Challenges and diagnoses that children face
Easily integrating yoga into any setting
Building and improving strength, balance, coordination and stability
Yoga and mindfulness techniques to improve executive functions
Sensory and motor games and resources
Course formats can be customized to meet your group's needs. Please contact us to discuss how we can customize a program for you.
Back in 2015 the idea to marry my love for yoga and my rewarding career as an occupational therapist began. In teaching yoga to those with physical, social and emotional challenges, I saw my students experience the most positive feelings. It was especially magical to see those who were non-verbal express their inner strength as brave yoga warriors.
Since then we have been committed to sharing the practice of yoga in an adaptive and nurturing way to improve the well-being of ALL individuals. We do this by practicing yoga in group sessions, private sessions, and educating others about these many benefits of yoga and mindfulness.
Lisa Irvine - Co-Owner and Director of Programming, MS, OTR/L, RYT 200
Lisa is a licensed occupational therapist and is certified in yoga instruction and pediatric yoga. She currently works with youth at the New England Center for Children (NECC), a private school for students with developmental disabilities. Ms. Irvine teaches the practice of yoga for its improvement of gross motor, fine motor, oral motor, and visual motor skills, and its benefits in reducing anxiety, promoting self-awareness, as well as increased balance, postural strength, stability, and improved focus. She has earned a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican College and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.