Join long time Occupational Therapist and Yoga instructor Allison Morgan for this three-part online course. Learn to bring the practices of yoga and mindfulness safely and effectively to students with a variety of special needs.
Explore the following topics:
- GUIDELINES AND PRACTICES TO MOVE FROM A THERAPEUTIC MINDSET TO A YOGIC HEART
Educational and therapeutic paths to helping children with special needs thrive are often driven by diagnosing, problem solving and goal setting. While these approaches have been implemented for decades, the ancient practices of yoga and mindfulness inspire us to shift our focus and flip the paradigm, looking beyond the typical physical, emotional, sensory and cognitive realms. Explore how this change in perspective can supply us, and these amazing children with new ways to flourish, regardless of diagnosis or circumstance.
- SENSORY PROCESSING SUCCESS THROUGH YOGA AND MINDFULNESS
A majority of children with special needs such as Autism and ADHD, have a contributing sensory processing challenge. This greatly impacts the way in which they perceive sensory experiences and interact in the world. At times, information enters their system with great force and intensity, which can be overwhelming and confusing. Other times, they seek input, demonstrating an excessive need for movement or touching everything in their path. In this webinar, we will explore each of the sensory systems to provide you with a solid understanding of how sensory processing occurs within the nervous system. You will also learn fun, interactive yoga based activities for the sensory seekers and avoiders, which help them to hone and understand their own sensory needs.
- INTEGRATING REFLEXES: AN ESSENTIAL BUILDING BLOCK FOR BODY AWARENESS, BALANCE AND MOTOR PLANNING
During the first year of life, our innate primitive reflexes generate a majority of our movement. Through the progression of “normal” or typical development, these reflexes become integrated within the nervous system, allowing us to enjoy volitional movement. Many children with special needs retain these reflexes, getting stuck in these patterns. This inhibits their ability to freely explore, play, interact, communicate and learn. In this webinar, you will discover the most common reflexes that are retained and how to apply specific yoga movement and breath sequences to help the brain integrate, develop and organize.
Purchase includes life-time access to video content, downloadable pdf of slides, and bonus practices for you and your students.
*This course is eligible for 6 Yoga Alliance CE hours
Meet Your Trainer:
Allison Morgan MA, OTR, E-RYT is a pediatric occupational therapist, and registered Yoga Alliance teacher working with children of all abilities for over 25 years in hospital, school, and home settings. As the director of Zensational Kids, LLC, Allison has developed innovative programs for schools, guiding them in the sustainable integration of evidence-based, yoga and mindfulness into classrooms. She has been dedicated to supporting overall the well-being for entire school communities and developing strategies for easeful learning and the cultivation of life skills. Her national and international workshops and trainings have been recognized as a powerful tool to help parents, educators and therapists rekindle their own and their student’s innate curiosity, wisdom and desire to learn. Along with authoring her first children’s book, Wisdom Within, she developed EDUCATE 2B: Tools for Engaged Learning and Living. This yoga and mindfulness program has been instrumental in sharing evidence-based strategies of mind/body practices with educators. EDUCATE 2B supports educators in building a greater culture of self-awareness, emotional regulation, compassion, and empathy, in their districts in order to improve academic achievement while supporting diverse learners. Allison was a contributor to the Yoga Service Council’s White Book, Best Practices for Yoga in School. Since 2011 she has been a facilitator for the nationally recognized, Radiant Child Yoga Program®. Collaborating with its founder Shakta Kaur, they created a yoga training program for professionals working with differently-abled children. She is a consultant to the International Association for School Yoga and Mindfulness and sits on several advisory boards for programs and organizations involved in the education, care and well-being of youth.Read More