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Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents and Caregivers Paperback – 28 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd; 1 edition (28 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843108178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843108177
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 0.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In my 14 years of experience as a speech therapist and eight years of experience as a practicing Certified Yoga Teacher, I have found yoga to be the most effective form of therapy for children with Asperger Syndrome. As a result of using yoga with children with Asperger Syndrome, I have found that these children display increasing overall attention, and greater awareness of their environment as well as increasing overall socialization skills with other children. -- Judy E. Stasek, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Certified Yoga Teacher I've been practicing yoga for five years with a Certified Yoga Teacher. I have a grandson with Asperger Syndrome who has been doing yoga for about a year. He does especially well with a modified Tree Pose and the modified Spinal Twist. Both poses are relaxing and keep his arms occupied. The Tree is wonderful for strengthening his muscles and helping his balance. The Spinal Twist is a very gentle twist that is good for his upper torso. These yoga poses have helped him release energy in a positive way rather than him "flapping" his arms. I believe that Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is an excellent resource for many families who need to find ways for their children to cope with Asperger Syndrome. This book has allowed me to share my love of yoga with my grandson and feel like I contribute to making his life a little bit better. I am grateful to have access to this wonderful resource. -- Judy Waldman, Former Elementary Teacher, B.S., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA The book is a guide and there is a chapter on how the guide should be used. It suggests a basic yoga sequence that may be used for a child with ASD. Empahsis is on a well rounded practice to give physical and mental benefits. The postures are divided into four sections: Warm-Ups, Strengthening, Release of Tension and Calming...The postures described are simple and need not be physically demanding and have clear step-by-step instructions. There are also some lovely photographs of Stacey, the mother, assisting and encouraging Joshua into postures. The aim is to help the child connect improve coordination and balance. The focus that comes from trying and holding postures can improve concentration as well as promote a sense of achievement and enjoyment. Attention to the breathing can promote good health and an awareness of the breath helps an awareness of the body. It can then become a tool to use at times of stress, agitation, anger or boredom. -- British Journal of Occupational Therapy This fully illustrated book draws on the authors' understanding of autism spectrum disorders and also their enthusiasm for yoga and the ways it can be used. It offers step-by-step descriptions of gentle and fun yoga positions and breathing techniques that are effective in dealing with the levels of anxiety, disorientation and tactile sensitivity often found in children with ASDs. The book is easy to follow and aimed at parents and caregivers...This book gives hope that children with ASD can lead lives feeling less stressed and happier by experiencing daily yoga. It gives you the confidence to have a go. -- Good Autism Practice. This fully-illustrated book combines the authors' professional expertise with their experience of parenting, offering a range of gentle fun yoga positions and breathing techniques that are effective in dealing with the increased levels of anxiety, disorientation and tactile sensitivity often found in children with autism spectrum disorders. -- E-Motion This is a fantastic book. The introduction explains clearly why the book has come into existence and how you or a caregiver can relax and exercise a child with Autism Spectrum Deficiency. If your child suffers from ASD then there are ways to modify positions to make them easier to get into and following the instructions very easy. This book is recommended to anyone with an interest in teaching yoga to children with learning difficulties. -- Yoga Magazine

About the Author

Dion E. Betts is a special education administrator, adjunct professor, writer, and presenter. His main interest is investigating the experiences of individuals with disabilities and finding ways to help them have satisfactory home, community, and school experiences. He is also co-author of Homespun Remedies: Strategies in the Home and Community for Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Disorders, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Stacey W. Betts has been a yoga practitioner for ten years. She is currently on leave from the practice of law and is a homemaker. As an attorney, Stacey assisted families with children with disabilities and women with domestic relations issues. Stacey and Dion live in Lancaster, PA with their five children, one of whom has Asperger Syndrome.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deano on 4 Aug. 2013
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Very easy to read and full of very useful information and easy to follow postures. Looking forward to carrying out with my new classes soon.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Recommended 8 Dec. 2007
By Mis - Published on
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In searching for a way to work with a child in the autism spectrum, I stumbled on this book, and was immediately drawn to it, since I have done yoga myself. After reviewing the book online, I tried this with a group of autistic students. They immediately loved the simplified/adapted movements, poses and breathing exercises.
I would recommend this to a parent/teacher or therapist who is working with autistic children/teens.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good book 29 May 2006
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My brother has autism. We all try yoga together. He a little slower at it, but my mom says it relaxes him. I'd like to meet the kid in the book. He looks like he is about my age. I think you would like the book. It has a lot of pictures.


12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! 18 Feb. 2009
By T. Banks - Published on
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I LOVE this book! I am a yoga teacher interested in teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I think I highlighted most of this book, that is how informative and useful it was. Awesome for parents too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not enough guidance 3 Sept. 2009
By B. Brown - Published on
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I do not feel that this book offers enough guidance to form an effective program that would meet the needs of individual children. The author feels that the program that she has developed for her child is helpful and I have no reason to think that this is not true for her child.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thanks 6 Jan. 2013
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Great Learning tool for a Youth Yoga Teachers. My wife is a Yoga Teacher and wants to help Children cope with Life. She is very happy
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