Creating Inclusive Yoga Classes for Children with Varied Abilities and Needs
A Teacher Training with Craig Hanauer
Don’t we all have “special needs”?
The meaning of the word Yoga is “to yolk”, which speaks to the fact that yoga is all about the integration of mind, body and spirit. In accordance with this definition and intention, we at Every Kid’s Yoga approach the art of teaching yoga to groups of children as an integrated process that views them along a continuum in terms of ability and need. Because we are likely to encounter those identified as “typically developing” alongside those identified as having “special needs”, yoga teachers must have the ability to quickly assess group and individual needs and to respond accordingly. Therefore in this training you will learn how to teach yoga to groups of children with varied abilities and needs.
Discover the many ways that yoga can promote the healthy development of children, ages 4-12. In addition to learning all you need to know about creating a children’s yoga class, you will learn how the practice of yoga addresses difficulties with attention, self-regulation, speech and language, learning, and high and low muscle tone.
This experiential workshop will address how to work with children exhibiting the following “special needs” in a group setting:
- Those who are easily over-stimulated
- Those who are potentially impulsive and/or distractible
- Those who exhibit poor social skills and boundaries
- Those who are learning disabled/with an emphasis on speech and language based learning disabilities
- Those who are potentially oppositional and/or disruptive
- Those who present with high or low muscle tone
We are likely to encounter children diagnosed and undiagnosed with the following in most group yoga classes:
- High Functioning Autism
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD)
- Learning Disabled (LD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD
- Cerebral Palsy (mild)
This program is appropriate for yoga teachers and parents, teachers and therapists with a personal yoga practice who are interested in sharing the gift of yoga with children.
- Background in Specialty Area: 1 hour
- Techniques, Training and Practice: 6.5 hours
- Teaching Methodology: 3 hours
- Anatomy and Physiology: 3.75 hours
- Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics: 1.75
- Practicum: 3.5 Contact hours and 5 non-contact hours
- Total: 19.5 Contact hours and 5 non-contact hours