Yoga for the Special Child® is a safe and gentle style of yoga therapy that addresses the needs of infants, children, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and ADHD.

 

Flexibility & Strength

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We teach a balanced sequence of yoga poses designed to increase body awareness, flexibility and strength.

Testimonial
“Yoga is a gentle method of movement that involves lengthening of muscles, as well as core stability postures. I have seen wonderful changes in Ashleigh’s core strength as well as fluidity of movement through her legs .... The core work has given Ashleigh more stability to help her with her physical therapy goals of sitting with less support, standing for transfers, and activities of daily living and assisted walking.”

– Mary Clark Wyler, PT, PCS

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Relaxation Techniques

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Individualized breathing exercises and relaxation techniques that help concentration and minimize hyperactivity.

Testimonial
“You help make our children’s lives become more independent and fulfilling as well as improving the world for children with disabilities. It is difficult to put into words how much your contribution means…these smiles say it best! Thank you once again for making the camp memorable and special for many children.”

 – Janet Lutha, CTRS, Caring for Kids Coordinator, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Early Intervention

 An early intervention program to ensure the healthy development of babies and young children in the formative years.

Testimonial
“Your program allows children with disabilities to become more independent while increasing their self-esteem, coordination, and strength...."

– Jenny DiLaura, CTRS, CCLS, Cassie Smith, CTRS, Caring for Kids Program

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A Typical Yoga Class for Children and Youth with Cerebral Palsy

Carey recorded several snippets of a therapy session for National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability. Shown is just one video of music therapy.  View the rest here.

"For children with disabilities, it is best to learn and practice yoga from a certified yoga therapist or yoga instructor who has the experience and background knowledge in teaching children and youth with disabilities.

The International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga for the Special Child websites are among the institutions that provide listings of yoga therapists.

A typical yoga class for infants is usually 30 minutes long. Individual or group classes for children and youth last for 45 minutes. The components in a typical yoga session for children and youth with disabilities are discussed in the following sections."