{Book Review} Yoga for Speech-Language Development by Susan Longtin and Jessica Fitzpatrick




Combining years of experience as certified speech-language pathologists and as qualified yoga teachers, the authors of this pioneering book explain how yoga can be used to aid speech-language development in children up to age 12.

The book includes a range of yoga-based exercises for improving pre-linguistic communication, vocabulary development and motor planning for speech. The text is enriched by illustrations of children in each yoga pose, so no prior experience of yoga is necessary to help children carry out each activity. The book also provides information on using this approach with children with neurodevelopmental and intellectual disabilities, including ADHD and autism.


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Product details:

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon (March 21, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848192584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848192584
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches


Available for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Speech-Language-Development-Susan-Longtin/dp/1848192584

Publisher: https://www.jkp.com/usa/yoga-for-speech-language-development-34846.html


A sneak peek inside the book:




What I liked about this book:

  • Includes info about the benefits of the six categories of yoga poses
  • Includes references to research regarding the benefits of yoga for children
  • Descriptions of what yoga classes might look like for various age groups and special needs
  • Illustrations and descriptions for some kids yoga poses, breathing and activities
  • How yoga can be used for different areas commonly addressed by speech-language pathologists (prelinguistic communication: eye gaze, reciprocity, gestures; breath support; following directions; syllable structures; vocabulary; verbs; spatial concepts; symbolic play; use of themes; early literacy; etc.)
  • Lists of yoga resources (excited to see OMazing Kids mentioned twice in the book 🙂 )

This book does a very nice job of explaining the “why” behind incorporating kids yoga into your work as a SLP with a little of the “how to” sprinkled in. The authors do a nice job of sharing resources to get more info about the “how to do” kids yoga. The only info I felt was missing from this book was  contraindications for specific yoga poses or yoga breathing or at least mention that there are some. It is very important for therapists to be aware of any medical conditions that a child may have and what poses or yoga breathing you should avoid related to those conditions. Unfortunately this info is often not published due to the risk of being sued. Of course no list could ever cover every condition that your patients might have. I learned about contraindications in two different courses and through researching it online. I have created a list based on that but it’s not published on my blog for these same liability concerns. But I am glad to share it with any SLP who contacts me. The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging on my OMazing Kids page (see link below)


Want more info about the therapeutic uses of kids yoga?

I have handouts posted from three presentations that I have done: https://omazingkidsllc.com/category/handouts/

See more about how I incorporate yoga into my work as a SLP: https://omazingkidsllc.com/how-do-i-incorporate-kids-yoga-into-therapy/

Other resources on my blog:







Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with 28 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.

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