Overview of the STOP and Relax© program:
S.T.O.P. and Relax© is a systematic program for teaching relaxation and self-calming skills to children and young adults with disabilities such as Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, or Anxiety. Using evidence-based practices that address the “fight-flight” response, S.T.O.P. and Relax© integrates yoga, cognitive-behavioral psychology, and special education techniques to promote coping skills. As self-calming skills increase, the student is able to participate more fully and successfully in academic, social, and community settings.
S.T.O.P. and Relax© was designed by Louise Goldberg, yoga instructor, Debra Collins, psychologist, Sally Miller and Daniela Morales, two special education teachers to teach relaxation skills to children with autism, Asperger’s, ADD, anxiety, or other challenges that cause problem behaviors or “meltdowns.” (full bios: http://stopandrelax.net/About-Us-4.html)
There are three different types of kits available:
- S.T.O.P. and Relax© Complete BOX Kit
- S.T.O.P. and Relax© Complete DIGITAL Kit
- S.T.O.P. and Relax© Digital Kit PLUS
Available for purchase & more info: http://stopandrelax.net/S-T-O-P-and-Relax-Products-c11/.
Comparison of what is included in each type of kit: http://stopandrelax.net/FAQ-20.html.
What are the minimum system requirements for using the Digital Kit? For the PDF documents, they recommend the latest version of Acrobat Reader. For the Visual Cue Card Slides, they recommend a minimum of PowerPoint 2007 for PC and 2008 for Mac. Helpful Tip: If the Digital Kit Instructor’s Manual CD is inserted and shows icons titled “UDF,” then the computer being used lacks the UDF Reader to open the disk. Here is a link that discusses UDF Reader and provides a free download: http://download.cnet.com/Adaptec-UDF-Reader-Driver/3000-2100_4-10021086.html. I initially had difficulty opening the files on the disk but that was easily solved with the UDF Reader download.
I was given the Digital Kit to try out. I’ll be incorporating elements of it into OMazing Kids Yoga over several weeks, posting updates & then doing the giveaway at my presentation at the Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference in November (http://okautism.org/oaapartners/statewide-autism-conference/ ).
Many of our patients at the JD McCarty Center (www.jdmc.org) have the diagnoses targeted in the S.T.O.P. and Relax© program so I am very excited to try this out with them. 🙂
Right now we have three boys in our weekly OMazing Kids Yoga group who have Autism and frequent behavioral meltdowns. This Tuesday we will be introducing the “I Can S.T.O.P. and Relax!” social story and the S.T.O.P. sequence.
Stay tuned for updates….