Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs

A how-to manual for yoga with kids in classrooms and therapeutic settings

Yoga can improve behavior and focus, increase strength, flexibility, and balance, and promote self-regulation in children with special needs. This book presents principles and processes of Creative Relaxation® through posture, breathing, and mindfulness and teaches postures selected specifically for children on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, sensory processing and emotional/behavioral disorders, and other exceptionalities.
Description

Readers are shown how the benefits of yoga therapy — to calm and energize, create a sacred space, and develop sensory and bodily awareness — can be applied to children with special needs. Drawing on the author’s 30 years’ experience working with diverse populations, you will learn lessons for use in school, at home, and in therapeutic settings.

Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs offers a curriculum for calm and self-regulation. This how-to manual meets children where they are, providing a yoga therapy "lesson plan" that will engage them, promote play, social interaction, speech, language, and motor development, and enhance their self-esteem. Learn to use your voice and body effectively when working with children; how to minimize distractions and ease transitions; and how to create personalized yoga breaks to enhance independence and avert meltdowns.

Featuring 60 poses, 89 photographs, and 65 lessons, songs, and games designed specifically for children with attention and sensory challenges, this manual walks readers through child-friendly instructions for posture, breathing, and mindfulness exercises. All poses and routines include suggested adaptations and precautions for use, and are organized to address specific sensory skills. This comprehensive text explores current research on the benefits of yoga for health and learning, and how, through yoga practice, the brain’s response to stress can be effectively mitigated.

Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs provides parents, therapists, and educators the tools to successfully develop a therapeutic yoga program for children with diverse exceptionalities and learning styles.

This text and the DVD Yoga for Children are included in Louise’s Creative Relaxation® Teacher Trainings.

Advance Acclaim

“Anyone who is considering teaching yoga to children with special needs should read this thoughtful, loving, and impressively thorough book. Yoga Therapy for Children With Autism and Special Needs provides a wealth of essential information and how-to advice, delivered with clarity and sensitivity.”
--Roger Cole, PhD, lyengar-certified yoga teacher, Del Mar, CA

“Although this book is intended for kids with special needs, it is filled with practical and fun activities that any child will love and benefit from. This is a wonderful resource for all those who love yoga and wish to share it with children in a safe, grounded, and heart-centered practice.”
--Molly Lannon Kenny, MS, SLP-CCC, Founder and Director, The Samarya Center

“Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs offers the wisdom of Louise Goldberg’s 30-plus years of bringing yoga to children and their parents. This well-organized treasure trove of information about the practice as well as its practical applications provides both rehabilitation professionals and yoga teachers with insights, guidelines, and resources that will allow them to nurture children of various capabilities.”
- Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, E-RYT 500, Founder and Director, Dynamic Systems Rehabilitation Clinic, PLLC
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REVIEWS

  • Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs is a beautifully rendered and thoughtful book that thoroughly covers the fundamental elements of introducing yoga to children. This is a book that can serve parents, students, instructors, and, certainly, therapists.
    K.M. McCann, PhD, PsychCentral.com
  • The author draws upon her 30 years of yoga therapy experience to create a rich and nuanced work that will inspire teachers, therapists and parents alike. It is a book that can be appreciated by experienced practitioners as well as by individuals who are just beginning to explore the benefits of yoga therapy for children. . . . I highly recommend this book and I thank Louise Goldberg for sharing her expertise and experience with us.
    Yoga for Depression's Research Newsletter
  • [F]ull of wisdom & insight into working with kids with special needs. . . . I get several requests per month from folks wanting information on how to do therapeutic yoga. This book will now be added to my short list of 'must have' resources. The concepts in this book are solid beyond the scope of a therapeutic yoga class. … anyone who works with children with special needs should read this book!
    OMazing Kids
  • This book will absolutely be among the seminal texts for relatively experienced and competent yoga therapists beginning to practice in this field. It gives very sound information, plenty of encouragement, a solid and unwavering sense of love for these children, [...] and a natural starting point for continued study. I am thrilled to see this book among the many emerging texts of yoga therapy -- it is timely, empirically sound, and very much needed.
    Yoga Therapy Today, Winter 2013
  • I have been meaning to contact you to THANK YOU for all of the time, thought, creativity and knowledge that you put into your book. What a FABULOUS resource for people who are looking for a more natural, holistic and effective way to bring light into the lives of these children. I am posting a link to buy your book on my FB page. Best of luck, love and light to you:)
    Allison Morgan | Zensational Kids, LLC
  • "For decades Louise Goldberg has immersed herself in yoga and in teaching children with special needs, particularly along the autism spectrum, and this gives her unique and valuable qualifications for the task at hand, and perhaps most importantly, she shares her insights with unerring and consummate skill. One can almost hear the kind and experienced voice speaking behind the printed words."
    Yoga Teacher Magazine | Link
  • “Anyone who is considering teaching yoga to children with special needs should read this thoughtful, loving, and impressively thorough book. Yoga Therapy for Children With Autism and Special Needs provides a wealth of essential information and how-to advice, delivered with clarity and sensitivity.”
    Roger Cole, PhD, lyengar-certified yoga teacher | Del Mar, CA
  • “Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs offers the wisdom of Louise Goldberg’s 30-plus years of bringing yoga to children and their parents. This well-organized treasure trove of information about the practice as well as its practical applications provides both rehabilitation professionals and yoga teachers with insights, guidelines, and resources that will allow them to nurture children of various capabilities.”
    Molly Lannon Kenny, MS, SLP-CCC | Founder and Director, The Samarya Center
  • “Just bought this book on Amazon. The book is amazing. Late for work 2 days this week because, I couldn't put it down..”
    Virginia Arnold | Children's Yoga Teacher
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