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Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child: Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting by [Williams, Nancy]
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As a yoga teacher I found this book inspiring. It clearly shows how to bring joy into a child's life through a well-balanced yoga programme...I would highly recommend this book as a handbook for yoga teachers who would like to work with special children or for parents/carers who have a good personal yoga practice. The book would be an invaluable guide for parents/carers whose special children attend yoga therapy, to help them explore and develop their understanding and, perhaps, to start their own yoga journey with their special child by attending workshops or classes with them. This book has struck the right balance between simpicity, playfulness and balance in yoga. -- Frontline This book contains a specially-designed yoga programme for use with children of all abilities, and provides both parents and individuals with the knowledge they need to carry out the therapy themselves. This book is a must for parents, therapists and other professionals and anybody else who wants to help a child develop through enjoyable and therapeutic yoga sessions. -- OM Yoga & Lifestyle Although this work will be valuable for yoga therapists and yoga teachers who want to expand their teaching skills, the accessible writting and many illustrations make it an ideal book for parents, school teachers, and therapy professionals as well...The poses, breath exercises, and guided meditation presented here should be invaluable not just for special needs children, but for all children. -- Elizabeth Millard, ForeWord Reviews Williams, a pediatric speech and neurodevelopmental therapist, offers a playful mix of poses, breathing, relaxation, and yoga games for children with special needs...realistic child-friendly practices and spot-on tips for dealing with developmental challenges. -- Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine These exercises can help children within the autism spectrum, with physical disabilities, and much more. With practical applications for parents, "Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child" is something well worth considering for parents who want to try a new approach to caring for their children. -- The Midwest Book Review I liked this book from the start...The material is so well-planned and meticulously written, that parents and caregivers with intermediate level (or higher) knowledge of Yoga can successfully put together a Yoga programme for their child...It was obvious to me that the author has an excellent knowledge of Yoga by how carefully she writes her instructions for asanas. Her creativity as a therapist comes through in how she approaches her Yoga programme, using such child-friendly props/toys as blowing bubbles to improve breathing and breath awareness, using glitter balls to attract the child's attention, and Tibetan bells to make the child aware of his movements...I would highly recommend this book to any parent of a special needs child. -- BellaOnline: The Voice of Women

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As a yoga teacher I found this book inspiring. It clearly shows how to bring joy into a child's life through a well-balanced yoga programme...I would highly recommend this book as a handbook for yoga teachers who would like to work with special children or for parents/carers who have a good personal yoga practice. The book would be an invaluable guide for parents/carers whose special children attend yoga therapy, to help them explore and develop their understanding and, perhaps, to start their own yoga journey with their special child by attending workshops or classes with them. This book has struck the right balance between simpicity, playfulness and balance in yoga. (Frontline)

This book contains a specially-designed yoga programme for use with children of all abilities, and provides both parents and individuals with the knowledge they need to carry out the therapy themselves. This book is a must for parents, therapists and other professionals and anybody else who wants to help a child develop through enjoyable and therapeutic yoga sessions. (OM Yoga & Lifestyle)

Although this work will be valuable for yoga therapists and yoga teachers who want to expand their teaching skills, the accessible writting and many illustrations make it an ideal book for parents, school teachers, and therapy professionals as well...The poses, breath exercises, and guided meditation presented here should be invaluable not just for special needs children, but for all children. (Elizabeth Millard, ForeWord Reviews)

Williams, a pediatric speech and neurodevelopmental therapist, offers a playful mix of poses, breathing, relaxation, and yoga games for children with special needs...realistic child-friendly practices and spot-on tips for dealing with developmental challenges. (Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine)

These exercises can help children within the autism spectrum, with physical disabilities, and much more. With practical applications for parents, "Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child" is something well worth considering for parents who want to try a new approach to caring for their children. (The Midwest Book Review)

I liked this book from the start...The material is so well-planned and meticulously written, that parents and caregivers with intermediate level (or higher) knowledge of Yoga can successfully put together a Yoga programme for their child...It was obvious to me that the author has an excellent knowledge of Yoga by how carefully she writes her instructions for asanas. Her creativity as a therapist comes through in how she approaches her Yoga programme, using such child-friendly props/toys as blowing bubbles to improve breathing and breath awareness, using glitter balls to attract the child's attention, and Tibetan bells to make the child aware of his movements...I would highly recommend this book to any parent of a special needs child. (BellaOnline: The Voice of Women)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1569 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon (15 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQ8NTKC
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have resource for anyone wanting to do yoga with kids with special needs! 12 Jan. 2013
By Angela Moorad, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must-have resource for any parent, teacher or therapist wanting to do yoga with kids with special needs! It has great info relating yoga to other therapeutic areas (body awareness, motor planning, communication, following directions, behavioral regulation, social skills, sensory integration), ideas for creating a good yoga environment, description of poses with benefits and modifications for specific special needs. This book is my #1 recommendation when folks contact me asking for info about adapted & inclusive yoga for kids!

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Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC - inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

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5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child: Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting 20 Aug. 2012
By Casey Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. The book is very informational and helpful. I highly recommend this book to any Yoga Teacher or Early Childhood teacher working with special needs children. Even if they are not.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 12 July 2013
By Nina - Published on Amazon.com
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Is easy to review the information and the drawings are very specific to understand postures that help my child with brain damage.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More drawings, less talking 10 April 2010
By 😇 Trouble - Published on Amazon.com
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This is actually a useful little guide for yoga for children, special or not. I have tried to use yoga before, especially with children who have ADHD, but it always ends up being too complex and requires too much setup for implementation. This guide is much more useful as the exercises are simple and flow in a natural pattern. Children are sitting, then laying down, sitting, on all fours, standing, in a savasana, and then sitting at the end. It is a logical progression and it invites relaxation.

The exercises were gentle and accessible, making them useful in a variety of situations, even in a classroom with small groups. I've done this series several times with two groups of preschoolers as young as two and the children really love it. They enjoyed it. They took the moves very seriously -- even the two year olds watched to see if they were doing poses correctly.

I think the most serious flaw of this book is how hard the author works on selling yoga and the large claims made by the author about the benefits. For instance, "The world comes into scope for the child and she feels a stronger desire to know what is happening in the world." This is the kind of vague, all encompassing statements that are really frustrating and they run rampant through this book.

Many of the claims of the benefits of using yoga are huge generalizations and always supported by the use of "Some parents" and "Many parents." For variation, the author used, "Several parents." I did not appreciate the vague statements of support. Somewhere, there must have been actual research documenting yoga's benefits with special needs children but in fact, the book's bibliography is mostly made up of book guides, of which there are many, while only a few of the journals listed are peer reviewed and can be taken seriously. Of those, the research is dated.

So all in all, more drawings, less talking. The drawings of children in poses were beautifully done and self-explanatory. The series of exercises this writer developed for use with children provides what the book says it will. This writer is an experienced therapist and has used yoga with children who have special needs. These are all standard yoga poses but the knowledge of how to use them with children and which exercises to choose makes this book a valuable resource.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for professional and parent alike! 24 Jan. 2010
By AlexJouJou - Published on Amazon.com
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My son has been diagnosed with several disorders among which are Autism and Bipolar. At this point in time the label doesn't really matter-it is the characteristics of what is happening with him that do. His physical skills have always lagged behind his other skills and as he has gotten older this difference is more pronounced. Some things I don't really care about (he can't jump and it is unlikely he will be able to nor can he ride a bike) but issues like occasional falls and still being unable to walk one foot after the other up or down stairs actually have a big impact on his life--preventing him from things his peers take for granted. He has yoga instruction in school and really enjoys it. So he had some introduction before I got this book.

Firstly the style is very nice--it is not overly chatty nor does it presuppose you are a yoga instructor. I was a little worried it would rehash everything yoga--and that I can get in other books and really didn't want this one to waste time with--kudos to the author and publisher because they didn't. It gives some background but it is not a full treatise on yoga. Hooray!

The chapters are broken down well and very clear. At first I didn't really like the illustrations but they have grown on me the more I've used the book. To be honest I first thought the drawings deliberately kind of exagerated the disability or made it more apparent but I realized the drawings are slightly more rounded with soft edges--likely on purpose which makes sense but it wasn't until I had used the book several times that this occured to me.

I especially liked the energy section and the section with suggestions depending on the child's issue. Not because I would only use the items marked for autistic or adhd and so on kids--but because there were some stories mixed in that I found interesting.

What we've noticed as the benefits of yoga are increased flexibility and some physical toning. The largest and most noticable change is a greater confidence in physical-ness (is that a word?). He seems more stable on his feet. We are working on pieces that would allow him to use yoga to calm down when anxiety or anger hit--but he is not there yet. We hope this book assists with that!

Overall I think this is an excellent resource for a parent. I believe it would be for the teacher or therapist as well but, since I am not one, I cannot really verify that. The size of the book too is good--it is not difficult to hold it open and it's big enough that the drawings are good sized.

Very highly recommended!
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