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Asanas for Autism and Special Needs

Asanas for Autism and Special Needs

Yoga to Help Children with their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness

Shawnee Thornton Hardy

Quick Overview

This how-to handbook gives parents, teachers, and yoga instructors step-by-step instruction to teach yoga poses to a child with autism or other special needs. They will learn how to teach yoga in a fun and interactive way using games and activities with numerous benefits to the child from teaching body parts to emotional and sensory regulation.
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Paperback / softback
2014, 9.61in x 6.77in / 244mm x 172mm, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-988-6
2014, ePUB, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-059-7
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Teaching yoga to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs is easy using this visual how-to handbook.

Breaking down yoga instruction pose by pose, body part by body part, breath by breath, this book uses easy-to-understand language and clear photographs to show parents, teachers, yoga instructors, and other professionals how to introduce the life-long benefits of yoga to a child with special needs. These benefits include gaining greater awareness and understanding of the body, learning to self-regulate the nervous system, and developing coping skills to work through difficult emotions such as anger and anxiety. Creative yoga games, activities, relaxation exercises, and chair yoga poses are included to make learning yoga a fun, interactive, and calming experience for children with a wide range of abilities.


'This excellent handbook (...) is written by a teacher in special education who is also a yoga practitioner and teacher... All in all, any child who learns what the author offers herein will develop greater concentration and focus, increased strength and flexibility of body and mind and become a calmer, happier person: life-long benefits any adult would wish to bestow on those in their care, whether or not they have special needs. Highly recommended for use at home or school and in particular, for those with special needs.'
- Jill R Bennett


By (author): Shawnee Thornton Hardy