Archive for August, 2012

Sibshops @ the JD McCarty Center in Norman, OK

The J.D. McCarty Center will be hosting Sibshops in Norman, Oklahoma.

Flier (1-page PDF): https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/norman-sibshop-flyer-2012-2013-2.pdf

Norman Sibshops are coming back for their 3rd year. They are continuing a journey of celebrating awesome and wonderful siblings of those with special needs. Past and new siblings are welcome to attend!

Sibshops are a great program where brothers and sisters will:

  • Meet other brothers and sisters of children with special needs
  • Have FUN
  • Talk with others who “get it” about the good (and sometimes not so good) parts of having a sibling with special needs
  • Learn more about disabilities and the services that people with disabilities receive
  • Have some more FUN!

* Learn more about the origins and philosophy of Sibshops by visiting the Sibling Support Project website at http://www.siblingsupport.org/

6-9 Year Old Siblings will meet

10:00AM – 1:00PM

  • September 15, 2012
  • November 17, 2012
  • February 16, 2013
  • April 20, 2013

10-13 Year Old Siblings will meet

10:00AM – 1:00PM

  • October 20, 2012
  • November 17, 2012
  • March 9, 2013
  • April 20, 2013

*Dates Subject to Change.

Each Sibshop is $6 per child or $20 per child for all four sessions (lunch included). For multiple siblings, they offer a sibling discount; the cost will be $15 for each additional sibling if all sessions paid up front. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Kerri Brooks for more information at 405-249-1925 or email at normansibshops@gmail.com.

J.D. McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK 73071

For more information and to register, call Kerri Brooks at 405-249-1925 or email at normansibshops@gmail.com.

Norman Sibshops are proudly sponsored by the J.D. McCarty Center, the Oklahoma Developmental Disability Council, the Oklahoma Family Network, Sooner SUCCESS, the Sooner Bowling Alley and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma

FYI…. I will not be at any of the Sibshops…. just sharing the info to help spread the word 🙂

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

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

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Review & Giveaway: Imaginations Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids

Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids

Book Description

This book provides stories to help children learn to calm their bodies and relax their minds. Wildly imaginative and whimsically joyful, Carolyn Clarke’s guide is a wonderful tool for children to learn that the most important spaces in life are often the quiet moments in between. The stories and illustrations contained in this volume help children learn to calm themselves and release the tension of their lives in a positive, healing manner. A child’s ability to consciously relax their body and clear their mind can help address a myriad of issues, such as anxiety, stress, and excessive worry; sleep disorders, nightmares, and fear of the dark at bedtime; anger issues; focus and concentration issues; special needs, including ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, autism, and OCD; depression; low self-esteem; grief; and life changes such as moving, divorce, or changing schools.

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463512023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463512026
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches

What I LOVE about this book:

  • Includes 18 relaxation scripts specifically written for kids. The scripts are short and based on kid-friendly themes (getting ready for relaxation, beach, stars, hot air balloon, bubbles, trees, flying, clouds, space, enchanted forest, hiking, sending love, under the sea, tree house, flower potion, seeds, colors, loving kindness). Most of these are themes commonly used in kids yoga classes so this book is sure to become a loved & well used resource!
  • These relaxation scripts will also be helpful in my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Many of the kids I see have high levels of anxiety and often have difficulty sleeping. I often incorporate relaxation techniques into my sessions, especially for kids with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD & Stuttering.
  • The scripts are free of any wording that have religious connotations which makes them easy to use in any setting. Only two (enchanted forest & magic flower potion) make references to “magic”. But it will be easy to modify these two scripts to leave out references to magic.
  • Each 2-page spread has a script & a full page illustration. The illustrations capture the essence of the script and many have a “retro” feel to them. I love having a picture to show kids before I read a relaxation script. Many of the kids I work with have special needs and relate well to visuals.
  • Large easy to read text.
  • Great additional info in the introduction sections. Love the simplified intro written specifically for kids!
  • Includes pictures & instructions for four yoga poses as prep for relaxation (knee hug, happy baby, legs up & starfish savasana)

A sneek-peek inside the book (from preview on Amazon):

Author’s Website: http://www.imaginationsforkids.com/ & her kids yoga website/blog: http://www.sdyogakids.com/

Price at the time of this post: $19.99

Available for purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Imaginations-Relaxation-Stories-Meditations-Kids/dp/1463512023

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention how you would be using this book.  (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this book. If you only enter via blog post comment, you must also send me an e-mail with your mailing address (send to amoorad1@juno.com. You will not need to do this if you also entered via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook since your address will be provided on that entry (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  3. Helpful Info & Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save you the step of e-mailing me your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail. FYI…. I use a free app from Shortstack for that tab and have no control over technical difficulties either on their end or on Facebook. In the event that you experience difficulties with the tab you can submit an entry via e-mail providing your full name, e-mail address, mailing address, how you would be using the book. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com. Unfortunately Facebook rules prohibit me from accepting entries directly from posts or comments on Facebook.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on August 28, 2012.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • International entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook or e-mail may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Three (3) winners will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on August 29, 2012.
  • Each winner will receive one (1) copy of the book.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • Each winner’s address will be forwarded to the publishing company and they will be mailing the prize directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: $19.99

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids book but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

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

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the wavy divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

Asana Alphabet “T is for Teacher: Teaching Children’s Yoga” workshop coming to Oklahoma – October 2012

Asana Alphabet will be offering a kids yoga teacher training in Edmond, Oklahoma in October 2012.

Here’s the scoop:

Printable PDF flier with workshop info: Asana Alphabet workshop flier – Oklahoma – October 2012

 

Asana Alphabet

E-mail: AsanaAlphabet@gmail.com

Website: www.asanaalphabet.com

Blog: http://asanaalphabetblog.wordpress.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Asana-Alphabet/177726452014

YouTube: www.youtube.com/AsanaAlphabet

 

3rd Street Yoga Studio

106 W. 3rd Street

Edmond, OK 73003

(405) 330-2211

E-mail: info@3rdstreetyogastudio.com

Website: www.3rdstreetyogastudio.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/3rd-Street-Yoga-Studio/143215447588

 

FYI….. I’m not teaching at this training…… just helping to spread the word about it. We rarely have kids yoga teacher trainings in Oklahoma so it’s a great opportunity 🙂

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

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

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the wavy divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here. 

 

New: Connection Corner on the OMazing Kids Blog

Announcing a new feature on the OMazing Kids Blog: “Connection Corner”.

https://omazingkidsllc.com/connection-corner/

The “Connection Corner” page will list therapists (SLP. OT, PT, Psychologists, Social Workers, Special Education Teachers, Nurses, etc…) and other Adapted Yoga Specialists who do kids yoga/kids wellness, their website or blog & social media sites. It’s fairly easy to find other kids yoga teachers but from my experience it is much more difficult to find folks doing adapted yoga & other therapists who incorporate yoga into their work.

Folks are listed in alphabetical order by first name. This is a free listing for the purpose of helping folks connect with each other and share ideas.

I’m NOT listing e-mail addresses at this point since I’m concerned about spammers or hackers then using that info to send e-mails that look like they are from me or one of the other folks on the list.

Feel free to e-mail me at amoorad1@juno.com if you would like to be added, deleted or your info needs to be updated :)

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

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

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the wavy divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

Review & Giveaway: My Mama Earth by Susan B. Katz (from Jamie’s Barefoot Books)

Celebrate the wonders of nature with this great new book!

Book Description

Watch the wonder experienced by a small child journeying through the world and round the day taking in the many magnificent aspects of nature. This imaginative and lyrical picture book showcases the love between a mother and child, celebrating the ever-changing beauty of the natural world along the way.

Written By: Susan B. Katz, Illustrated By: Melissa Launay

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846864186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846864186
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches

What I LOVE about this book:

  • Beautiful portrayal of a loving relationship between a mother & child.
  • Great message of admiring the earth’s beauty will inspire kids to care for our world and all living creatures.
  • Gorgeous illustrations with lots of details. Like most Barefoot Books, each time I read it I find more things on each page. It’s fun to look for the cat, boy & mama on each page! Great for working on vocabulary & lots of opportunities for kids yoga poses & breathing.
  • Beautiful rhyming text makes this book as beautiful to read and hear as is it is to see.
  • Large easy to read text.

A sneek-peek inside the book:

See a video preview on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-joIbJSDN4o
MP3 from the Youtube video: http://soundcloud.com/omazing-kids-yoga/my-mama-earth; If Soundcloud is not working, I also have the mp3 saved at: http://www.box.com/s/aeaa864ee1c306244303
Find Jamie’s Barefoot Books online – Website: http://jlkwilson.barefootbooks.com,
In addition to selling Barefoot Books she teaches kids yoga classes 🙂

Price at the time of this post:$16.99.

Available for purchase: http://www.barefootbooks.com/marketplace/4826.

Discount Code: 20% off a first time order. The code is Twenty12. (only good when ordering directly through Jaime’s Barefoot Books)

Illustrator’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Launay/117336158279681, blog: http://melissalaunay.blogspot.com/ & website: http://www.melissalaunay.com/
Author’s website:
http://www.susankatzbooks.com/ 

More things to go with this book in a kids yoga class:

Free printable mandala:

http://www.donteatthepaste.com/2011/01/celestial-mandala-box-card-and-coloring.html

Playlist:

My Mama Earth (from the Youtube video – see link to free mp3 above)

Mama Nature by Kira Willey (on the Kings & Queens of the Forest CD) – http://www.amazon.com/Mama-Nature/dp/B005VW3F3Q

Mother Earth from the Living Values Songs for Children Ages 3-7 CD – free mp3 at: http://www.livingvalues.net/books/Days-Dreams-Music/disc1/Track11.mp3

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention how you would be using this book.  (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this book. If you only enter via blog post comment, you must also send me an e-mail with your mailing address (send to amoorad1@juno.com. You will not need to do this if you also entered via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook since your address will be provided on that entry (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  3. Helpful Info & Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save you the step of e-mailing me your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail. FYI…. I use a free app from Shortstack for that tab and have no control over technical difficulties either on their end or on Facebook. In the event that you experience difficulties with the tab you can submit an entry via e-mail providing your full name, e-mail address, mailing address, how you would be using the book. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com. Unfortunately Facebook rules prohibit me from accepting entries directly from posts or comments on Facebook.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on August 24, 2012.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Only USA & Canada entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook or e-mail may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on August 25, 2012.
  • The winner will receive one (1) copy of the book.
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the publishing company and they will be mailing the prize directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: $16.99

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids book but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

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

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the wavy divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

Free Kids Music Downloads

A fantastic summer playlist from SIRIUS XM’S KiDS Place LiVE – download it for FREE til Friday (8/17/12)! These will be great tunes to use in kids yoga 🙂

Thanks Kira Willey for sharing this great find! I LOVE unique “Kindie” music!

Download the tunes at: http://soundcloud.com/bethbcpr/sets/summer-road-trip-playlist

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

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

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the wavy divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

Inclusive OMazing Kids Yoga Classes at JDMC – Fall 2012

 

We are excited to be offering Inclusive Kids Yoga Classes at the JD McCarty Center this fall!

Our summer classes were a blast! We had 12-18 kids in each class and I continue to get inquiries each week about our classes (yeah for the power of social media & word-of-mouth “advertising”!).  This fall we will continue to practice fun basic yoga poses, breathing exercises & relaxation techniques and will use creative expression, games, books, music, positive affirmations and storytelling to promote:

• Strength, flexibility, balance

• Concentration, focus and attention

• Inner strength and body awareness

• Confidence and self-esteem

• Relaxation and self-control

• Feeling of well-being and respect for others

Here is the Fall 2012 Cover Letter with more details:

Here is the Fall 2012 Registration Form:

(FYI – Here is a website that allows you to fill out a PDF form online for free without having to download any software. First save the Inclusive Kids Yoga Registration form to your computer. Then go to this website: http://www.fillanypdf.com/. Click the red “open form” button to load the form from your computer. Fill out the form using the checkmark & text tools at the top of the page. Then click “Done”, then “OK”, then “Download”. Save the “filled” form under a different name on your computer & print.)

A 3-week series of inclusive yoga classes for kids of all abilities, ages 4-8 years. All yoga poses and activities will be developmentally appropriate and can be modified to meet individual physical, sensory and special needs. Eco-friendly, kid-sized yoga mats will be provided during the class. Props and visual supports will be used as needed. Limited spots are available so register early!

Mondays from 4:00-4:30pm on the following dates:

• Fall Series 1: September 10, 17 & 24, 2012 (registration deadline: 8/31/12)

• Fall Series 2: October 1, 8 & 15, 2012 (registration deadline: 9/14/12)

• Fall Series 3: November 5, 12 & 19, 2012 (registration deadline: 10/19/12)

Registration Fee: $20.00 per child per 3-week series.

  • Make checks payable to “J.D. McCarty Center”.
  • Payment must be submitted with the registration form.

If registering for more than one series of classes, please attach separate checks for each series.

Please complete and sign all portions of the Registration Form, attach payment and return it to:

J.D. McCarty Center

Attn: Angela Moorad

2002 East Robinson Street

Norman, OK 73071

Registration forms with attached payment may be returned via mail or in person and must be received no later than 5:00pm on the day of the registration deadline.

At least 7 children must be registered in order for the center to offer each series of classes at this affordable rate.  A limited number of spots are available in each class series so register early!

All kids who participate in at least two 3-week series will receive a free copy of a kids yoga DVD to use to practice yoga at home.
 JD McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson Street, Norman, OK 73071
 
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2  
Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center (www.jdmc.org)
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
E-Mail: amoorad@jdmc.org (can Cc my home e-mail to insure I get the message: amoorad1@juno.com)
(405) 307-2802 – direct line with voicemail

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the wavy divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.