Therapeutic Yoga for the Child with Developmental Challenges

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Therapeutic Yoga for the Child with Developmental Challenges


Therapeutic Yoga for the Child with Developmental Challenges

Presented by Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR/L, RYT

September 28-29, 2018
Suma Kids, Inc.
1190 Burnett Avenue, Suite D
Concord, CA

Faculty:  Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR/L, RYT has been a practicing pediatric therapist for 30+ years and a pioneer in the use of yoga as a therapeutic modality for the past 16 years. Her work with yoga has been researched, published and cited in numerous journal articles and is the foundation for a researched preparatory program widely used in NYC schools-special needs classrooms. Anne brings a wealth of treatment options to pediatric therapy through yoga and continues to expand her knowledge and sharing through her dynamic yoga trainings.

Course Description:

This DYNAMIC workshop shares clinically tested individual yoga therapy protocols as well as the therapeutic use of specific yoga modalities and modifications for children of all ages. This program highlights the use of YOGA therapy for INDIVIDUAL treatment sessions and strategies for even your most challenging clients. Through experiential labs, participants will focus on the physical, regulatory, physiological, sensory-motor and emotional benefits of specific therapeutic yoga postures, breath-work and relaxation techniques. Breath and sound and relaxation exercises to enhance regulation, endurance and organization will be highlighted. Clinical care analysis will demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of each sequence with children challenged by:

  • Self-Regulatory Issues
  • Autism
  • Anxiety-OCD
  • ADD
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Sensory-Motor Immaturity-Motor Planning/Executive Function Issues
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Degenerative Neuromuscular Conditions

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Course Objectives:

  • Become familiar with specific yoga breathing and postural techniques to address self-regulation, anxiety, central attention, sensory–motor registration, endurance, motor skills organization and executive function.
  • Create a therapeutic environment that will calm even the most anxious child and experience a series of clinically tested 5-part yoga sequences with individualized modifications for specific challenges and a wide range of therapeutic benefit.
  • Enhance self-regulation, self-awareness and self-control through timing, sequencing and repetition of yoga posture.
  • Address neurological immaturity and facilitate body awareness, motor planning and motor skills through a developmentally choreographed yoga practice.
  • Enhance circulation, oxygenation, immune system support with postural, breath and relaxation technique.
  • Become familiar with the use of props (straps, blocks, pillows, towels, blankets) to enhance alignment, breath control, body awareness and motor control.
  • Build strength, coordination, balance and motor skills through active flow and holding of posture.
  • Become familiar with individualized body- breath strategies to regulate arousal, increase engagement , and build brain body connections.
  • Learn to reduce stress and enhance integration with progressive relaxation techniques for students with ASD, ADD and LD (hands on and off). 

*12 contact hours awarded to all attendees/1.2 AOTA CEUs awarded to all OTs and OTAs

Early registration fee (before September 1st) is $300, registration after is $375.

Click to Register ($375)