Yoga for Kids with Special Needs I: Focus on Autism and ADHD

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Shawnee Thornton Hardy

Shawnee Thornton Hardy is a C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500, RCYT, M.Ed, Educational/Behavior Specialist and the founder of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs and  Founder/Director of Yoga Therapy for Youth. She has worked with children and youth for over 20 years, specializing in...

Many children with autism, ADHD, and other special needs face challenges in how they respond to stress, tension, worry and anxiety. They can end up in a constant state of heightened arousal or anxiety, which can negatively impact health, mood and behavior.

When we get stuck in this “fight or flight” state, we can develop digestive problems, irregular sleep patterns, tension in our muscles and joints, weakened immune systems, anger or agitation, difficulty coping, conflict with others, social withdrawal, OCD behaviors and a variety of other issues.

Fortunately, yoga can help children with autism and ADHD develop better coping skills and give them tools for dealing with stress, tension, worry and anxiety.

In this 3-part course, yoga therapist and Founder of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs, Shawnee Thornton Hardy will show how to design a yoga practice to support children with special needs. Shawnee will show how to activate the parasympathetic nervous system through specific breathing strategies, yoga poses and other yogic techniques to help children feeling grounded, safe and connected to the world around them as well as to support their physical health and well-being.

Learn how to give children tools for reducing anxiety, releasing difficult emotions and tension in the body, developing healthier sleep patterns, improving digestion and optimal functioning in the body and improving mood and behavior as well as tools to make the practice accessible to children of diverse abilities. This course will benefit parents, teachers, yoga instructors, and other professionals looking to introduce the life-long benefits of yoga to a child with special needs. This is part one in a two-course series.

What you will learn

  • The impact of predominant autonomic nervous system functioning, the fight/flight/freeze response and how this affects mood, behavior, social engagement and overall health and well-being.

  • Strategies to teach and reach children with autism or ADHD of diverse abilities and needs.

  • Strategies to teach children body awareness, how to “tune in” to their internal landscape and how to express and release difficult emotions.

  • Physical Poses and Breathing Strategies that activate the parasympathetic (rest and reset) response.

  • Suggestions for poses and breathing strategies to support with improved, sleep, digestion, mood and behavior.

This Premium Course also Includes These Bonuses:

  • Yoga practice video: A yoga practice with Shawnee designed specifically for this course. 

  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions - both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.

  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.