Yoga for Kids with Special Needs II: Focus on Autism & 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...
Monday, July 22 & Thursday, July 25, 2019 
8:30 pm Eastern / 5:30 pm Pacific
Join us live or listen to the recordings!

Yoga for Kids with Special Needs II: Focus on Autism & ADHD 

The practice of yoga for children with autism and other forms of neural diversity offers many benefits. In this three-part course, yoga therapist and Founder of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs, Shawnee Thornton Hardy lays out a yoga curriculum for the three most important things yoga can offer for children with special needs to help them deal better with challenges.

Yoga can help children learn:

  • how to tune into their bodies and sensations (interoceptive awareness),

  • how to effectively process sensory information from their external and internal environments and

  • how to modulate their arousal states so they are able to feel safer, grounded and connected to the world around them.


When children feel safe and grounded, they are more open to learning, their social engagement systems are more intact, and they are better able to flourish and grow.

In this course, you will learn how to support the visual, kinesthetic, auditory and sensory needs of children with autism and other forms of neural diversity.  Through a specially designed combination of yoga poses, breathing strategies, and body awareness, Shawnee offers accessible tools to support sensory integration, self-regulation, communication, expression of emotions, balance and coordination, focus and concentration, self-confidence, and more.

This curriculum helps teach neurodiverse children how to identify and cope with difficult or uncomfortable emotions and encourages children with diverse abilities to be in tune with their bodies and sensations and gives them yoga-based coping techniques to support their social, emotional, physical, and sensory needs.

Children with autism and special needs can learn coping strategies through the practice of yoga so they may live calmer, happier, more peaceful and healthier lives. This is the second in a two-course series on yoga for the neurodiverse child with Shawnee Thornton Hardy.

What you will learn:

  • What is Sensory Processing and how do sensory processing issues impact children’s mood, behavior, learning and social engagement.

  • What are our 8 senses and why is sensory processing an issue for the neurodiverse child?

  • Physical poses and breathing strategies to support sensory integration and self-regulation.

  • Our core and its relationship to behavior and learning.

  • Poses to increase core strength and support with balance, coordination, focus, self-confidence and self-esteem.


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.


Monday, July 22 & Thursday, July 25, 2019 
8:30 pm Eastern / 5:30 pm Pacific
Join us live or listen to the recordings!