Children who have been diagnosed with AD(H)D that attend yoga therapy have been shown to improve their executive functioning, ability to focus, self-regulation, body awareness, symptoms of anxiety, and sleep difficulties.
Yoga therapy as practiced with children who have been diagnosed with ASD has shown to significantly improve: eye contact, sitting tolerance, body awareness, sleep issues, anxiety, and gastrointestinal problems.
Yay for yoga therapy success stories!
Here are some incredible resources for yoga for these kiddos and you as parents:
Kids Yoga Books!
I love all of these books! I’ve read them to nearly all of my classes. And “Breathe Like a Bear” is by Kira Willey, who is an incredible children’s yoga musician – check out her music on iTunes and Spotify.
These three books are amazing resources to learn more about the neurological and physiological needs for children with ASD or SPD and how yoga can be used as an intervention. My favorite is Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs. Louise Goldberg goes through many different diagnosis, including Down Syndrome, ASD, ADHD, and SPD. She includes different lessons and exercises to do with children and explains the expected outcome.
These videos are specified for ASD but really, any child can benefit from these classes. I enjoy her teaching because she teaches the kids without too many special effects, toys, and sounds. How do you and your kids like them??
This is an active class with lots of movement to get energy out and moving! Then it ends with a great mindfulness exercise for the kids to practice. Definitely try this on high energy days!
Autism Parenting Magazine – 6 Benefits of Yoga for Children with Autism
Yoga Calm – Yoga for Focus and Self Control
I hope you’re able to use some of these resources! Let me know how they work for you. Do you have any other yogic tools that you’ve used with children with special needs?