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Not A Box: An OMazing Kids Yoga Lesson Plan & Book Review

Not A Box: An OMazing Kids Yoga Lesson Plan & Book Review

We had SO much fun in OMazing Kids Yoga this week doing yoga to the story “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis!

I brought a medium sized cardboard box for each child since we had a small group of 5 kids & I wanted them to be able to experience being “in” and “out” of the box. I also selected this size of boxes since I wanted large surfaces for them to be able to put pictures on since the kids I see in that group have difficulty with fine motor control. The paper template in the Not A Box Activity Guide listed below would be great if you had a very large group and the kids had the ability to handle that level of fine motor task. Or you could also have each child bring their own box to the group (of course have a few extra boxes on hand in case someone forgets to bring one).

As a motivator/reinforcer for the kids to participate, they earned a coloring sheet for each pose they participated in and then got to glue it on their own box. To keep the flow of the group going, we saved the coloring of the pictures for the end. Worked like a charm…. the child who had so much difficulty staying engaged last week was a great yogi this week and was SO proud of his “not a box” creation. Wish I could have taken pictures to share but that’s not possible in the hospital setting due to HIPAA rules.

Opportunities for yoga poses/activities in this book:

  • bunny breath
  • racecar (Could do as group pose or individually sitting in your box or on the yoga mat. Sit with legs & arms straight out. Point/flex feet to hit the gas pedal or brakes. “Steer” your car with arm motions or could also add a hula hoop to be the steering wheel.)
  • mountain (We stood in the box to do mountain pose. It was a great opportunity for the kids to use motor planning skills to figure out how to get in/out of the box and to practice asking for help when they needed it.)
  • firefighter (a variation on elephant pose & crescent moon pose – hold hand together at midline to be the firefighter’s hose and then bend in different directions as you squirt water on the burning building)
  • robot (move & freeze like robots. Could also incorporate mindfulness to see how closely the kids can imitate specific robot movements)
  • pirate
  • balloon breathing
  • elephant
  • boat
  • humming breath (as we are thinking “Hmm”)
  • rocket (variation of volcano pose  – squat down with hands together at heart, countdown (we did 3, 2, 1 given our kids short attention spans), then “blast off” as you jump up, lift your arms and exhale loudly)
  • star
  • planets (group activity – one child in the middle as the “sun” and the rest of the group move in a circle “orbiting” around the sun)
  • Affirmation: I am creative – I use my imagination!
  • Relaxation: Listening to relaxing music as we colored all the pictures we had glued on the “not a box” creations. Each child was given only 2 crayons so they would have the opportunity to practice social skills in asking to trade colors with the other kids.
  • Each child took their “not a box” creation with them to play with later

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“Not a Box” Playlist

This book will also be great to use in my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. So here are several other reasons I LOVE this book:

  • Simple text.
  • Clear illustrations (combination of black, white, red & yellow) are great for young kids and will especially be helpful for kids who may have difficulty attending to pictures in other books due to visual impairments or conditions like ADD/ADHD or Autism. Many kids with cortical visual impairments tend to respond well to these specific colors so I can’t wait to try this book out the next time I have a patient with CVI.  (Here’s a great CVI tip sheet: http://www.unr.edu/educ/ndsip/tipsheets/cvi.pdf)
  • Great repeated line “It’s NOT a box”. Repeated lines provide great predictability for emergent readers, are great for intraverbal fill-ins in a ABA Verbal Behavior program and are great opportunities for kids to participate in reading the story either verbally or through the use of a single message voice output communication aide (ex: BigMACK).
  • Opportunities for practicing inferencing & predicting skills (looking at the details in a picture for “clues”).
  • Lots of practice of “positional” words (in, on top, beside,  behind, etc…)
  • Great use of two “Wh” questions (why, what)
  • Great way to teach “negation” (the concept of “not”)
  • Encourages “flexibile” thinking & creativity (often very difficult for many kids with special needs…. Especially those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder).

I purchased my copy of the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Not-Box-Antoinette-Portis/dp/0061123226

Free Activity Guide (9 page PDF): http://files.harpercollins.com/PDF/ActivitiesGuides/0061123226.pdf (also saved on my blog at: Not A Box Activity Guide)

Printable Coloring Pics to Color & Paste on a “Not a Box” Box – I use them as a reinforcer for kids to try each pose in the Therapeutic Yoga Group for our inpatients at the JD McCarty Center. They get a pic to add to their box for each pose. The large pics work well on a large box – like copy paper comes in or larger. The small pics work well on smaller boxes or with kids that get too focused on coloring.

not a box (full page pics) – 11 page PDF

not a box (small pics) – 4 page PDF

bunny puppet for It’s Not a Box

bunny puppet for It's Not a Box

See the entire book in this cute YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KXuBcdmktY

Great review & ideas from Picture Books & Pirouettes http://kerryaradhya.blogspot.com/2011/04/its-not-box-so-what-could-it-be.html & Maria’s Movers http://mariasmovers.com/2011/04/26/its-a-box-not/

Great blog post from another SLP with more ideas for this book: http://all4mychild.com/not-a-box/

More out-of-the-box fun in this blog post: http://www.teachpreschool.org/2012/09/all-you-need-is-a-box/ & bought Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard to extend the box theme: http://www.teachpreschool.org/2012/09/a-story-in-a-box/

Encourage some out-of-the-box “food fun” with these creative snack ideas:

Food Fun

There are lots of fun Pinterest pages & blog with fun kids snacks & bento box ideas! http://www.creativekidsnacks.com/category/snacks/

Here’s a great “think outside the box” mini poster from FableVision Learning to go with this theme: http://fablevisionlearning.com/blog/2011/06/think-outside-the-box/  

(1 page PDF – http://www.fablevisionlearning.com/posters/fablevision_thinker.pdf / also saved on my blog at: Think Outside The Box mini poster)

Also love this:

See how we used this book in a free storytime event for Better Hearing & Speech Month at the JD McCarty Center in May 2013.

Feel free to comment & share your “not a box” ideas 🙂

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

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

Blog: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

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Asana Alphabet Workshops coming to Oklahoma – February & March 2012

Asana Alphabet has several workshops planned in Edmond, Oklahoma in February & March 2012!  Here’s the scoop:

Teaching Teen and Preteen Yoga

February 10 – 12, 2012

Friday: 7pm-9pm

Saturday: 11am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-4pm

 

This workshop is for teachers, yoga teachers, family members and others who want to pass the gift of yoga on to today’s teenagers. Asana Alphabet’s teaching preteen and teen intensive gives informed guidance in how to modify techniques and reach regular tweens/teens and at-risk populations (addressing stress, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety and other issues this age group faces). Pulling from Kundalini Yoga and Hatha yoga forms, the course includes demo and lecture from Ann Robideaux, along with ready-to-go lesson plans for easy implementation. Yoga poses, community building, yamas/niyamas integration, breathwork and deep relaxation/meditation covered. Take as a stand alone or in conjunction with our certification program. Includes our teen teaching guide. Letter of completion with number of credit hours given at course end (can be used towards Yoga Alliance hours).

 

Pricing: $225 if registered by February 3, 2012; $275 after February 3

Friday/Saturday Only (Partial Workshop): $175

 

Decompress: Yoga Class for Teens (as part of the teacher training that Sunday)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

11am-12pm

 

Students in middle school and high school are invited to this hour-long yoga class on Sunday. Sun salutations, Kundalini fun, Partner Yoga and Deep Relaxation all included. Bring your friends!!

Suggested Donation: $5

Asana Alphabet’s Teaching Yoga to Babies and Families

Saturday, March 10, 2012

11am-4pm

 

This intensive workshop will give yoga practitioners, caretakers, and teachers essential know-how to create amazing yoga classes for babies and families. Dozens of baby songs, baby massage, benefits, developmental stages, lesson plans and video samples all comprise this comprehensive training. Teaching guide and other yoga goodies included. Baby/family yoga is a great way to assist healthy physical, mental and social development in children.

 

Pricing: $108 if registered up by March 1, 2012; $125 after March 1

 

Teaching Yoga to Kids with Special Needs

Saturday, March 10, 2012

5pm-9pm

 

Case studies and discussion on symptoms and strategies for working with children with autism spectrum disorder, asperger’s, sensory issues, ADD, and ADHD. Registered yoga alliance teacher and Asana Alphabet™ founder Ann Robideaux guides participants in yoga know-how for reaching these populations. Can be taken as a stand alone or as part of advanced kids yoga certification with Asana Alphabet™.

 

I’m totally pumped that Ann has invited me to be a guest teacher to help at this workshop!

 

Pricing: $108 if registered by March 1, 2012; $125 after March 1

 

ABCs of Yoga: PreK-First Grade

Sunday, March 11, 2012

11am-4pm

A is for Archer, B is for Bow….this workshop gives you 26 lesson plans following the letters of the alphabet primarily for students in PreK-First Grade (though certainly other ages love it too). Integrating children’s books and stories into fun yoga classes also included. Lesson plans and “Yogi and Yogette’s” kids book included. This is a must for anyone interested in working with young kids! Can be taken as a stand alone or as part of advanced kids yoga certification with Asana Alphabet™.

 

Pricing: $115 if registered by March 1, 2012; $135 after March 1

 

Kundalini Yoga: Strengthen your Glandular System

Sunday, March 11, 2012

5-7pm

 

Your glands are the guardians of your health. Tonight we’ll take Kundalini yoga kriyas and a breath meditation to help keep your glandular system in tip top shape. Ann Robideaux, native Oklahoman and long-time Kundalini teacher, visits from NYC!

 

Price: $12 pre-registered: $15 day of workshop

For all workshops:

Please email AsanaAlphabet@gmail.com for more information.

Register through 3rd Street Yoga – see contact info below

 

Printable PDF flier with workshop info: Asana Alphabet workshop flier – Oklahoma – Feb-March 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

 

We need your help…… As is the case with any workshop or training they will have to have a certain number of folks register for it to be offered. So please help spread the word by sharing this info with as many folks as you can. This is a rare opportunity for affordable kids/youth yoga teacher training here in central Oklahoma. 🙂

 

Thanks!

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

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

Blog: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

 

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Printable Visual Supports for Kids Yoga

Looking for Printable Visual Supports for Kids Yoga?

Several folks have sent e-mails requesting printable versions of some of the visual supports I have made to use in OMazing Kids Yoga so I have uploaded several to this blog in PDF format:

 

I used a combination of Boardmaker, MS Word, MS Paint, Google Images and the “snipping tool” in Windows 7 to make these visual supports. Boardmaker is a software program commonly used by Special Education teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists and other therapists to make communication boards, educational materials & visual supports for kids with special needs. Mayer Johnson offers a 30-day free trial of the program (http://www.mayer-johnson.com/downloads/trials/) and free online trainings on how to use it (http://www.mayer-johnson.com/training/recorded/details/id/2189/).

 

I would LOVE to see examples of visual supports that other folks have made & use in yoga groups with kids and teens! Feel free to post them here on my blog, on my Facebook page or send them to me via e-mail so I can share them 🙂 

 

The “4 B’s of Self Control” is a wonderful support created by Barbara Gini at BodyLogique in collaboration with Lisa Auerbach Baum, OT & owner of KidsPlayWork – Pediatric Occupational TherapyHere is the PDF version I shared at my presentation at the Oklahoma Autism Conference: 4 B’s of Self Control – A 4-step method for relaxing tension, refocusing & calming.

Together we can create supports that kids with different learning styles or disabilities will need in order to be successfully included in yoga groups….. inclusion of ALL kids should be our goal 🙂   (as you can tell, this is an area that I am passionate about!)

 

For more details about the importance of using visual supports to be inclusive of different learning styles, see my blog post: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/using-visual-supports-in-yoga-groups-for-kids-teens-being-inclusive-of-learning-styles/

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

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

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

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Using Visual Supports in Yoga Groups for Kids & Teens – being inclusive of learning styles

Looking for ways to include kids & teens with different learning styles in your yoga groups? Want to use positive ways to support participation and reduce problematic behaviors? Then you might want to consider using “visual supports”.

Many of the kids I work with in OMazing Kids Yoga have difficulty understanding & following verbal instructions. This can be due to a difference in learning style (visual vs. auditory learner), difficulty maintaining attention (ex: ADD/ADHD), difficulty tuning out extra sensory input to be able to attend (ex: Sensory Processing Disorders), focusing in too much on an area of high interest to the point that the child has difficulty attending to other information (ex: Autism Spectrum Disorders), specific learning disabilities, etc…

Regardless of “why” the child is having difficulty understanding & following instructions, this will make it difficult for them to participate in a meaningful way in activities, including a kids yoga class.

Adding “visual supports” (ex: pictures of the poses, pictures to depict the sequence of activities that will occur in the group, pictures to show the “steps” within an activity, showing “first ____ / then _______”, etc…) can make a BIG difference for many kids.

Here are a few examples of visual supports I created to use in OMazing Kids Yoga:

Some kids do well with a “Social Story” describing the expected behavior and how that makes other feel:

Some kids do well with a left-to-right schedule showing what will happen in the group (other kids do better with a top-to-bottom type schedule):

(this file is saved out on Boardmaker Share at: http://www.boardmakerachieve.com/Activity/1865866)

Some kids need extra visual cues to help them understand concepts:

(Note: These are just a few examples of the many different visual supports I use. Every child is unique so I often modify things or make new visual supports to meet those unique needs. Some kids do better with photos, black & white symbols or just words.)

Looking for PDF printable versions of some visual supports?  Here are a few: yoga breathing visual support (flower and candle), Social Story “Good Behavior in Yoga Group” with picture symbols, Peace Tree – guided visualization.

 How Do I Make These Visual Supports?  I use a combination of Boardmaker, MS Word, MS Paint, Google Images and the “snipping tool” in Windows 7. Boardmaker is a software program commonly used by Special Education teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists and other therapists to make communication boards, educational materials & visual supports for kids with special needs. Mayer Johnson offers a 30-day free trial of the program (http://www.mayer-johnson.com/downloads/trials/) and free online trainings on how to use it (http://www.mayer-johnson.com/training/recorded/details/id/2189/).

More About Visual Supports

Visual supports help many children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs understand their world better.

Just as many adults need calendars, to-do lists, shopping lists and planners to remind them of their activities for the day, many children need visual schedules and other visual supports.

Visual supports enhance understanding of what is going to happen and clarify expectations during that specific time period or activity.

In addition, visual supports often help the child move from one activity to the next with less frustration and reduced behavioral outbursts because the symbols turn the unknown into something the child understands.

The consistency provided by a visual support is crucial in establishing an atmosphere of trust and
security. Visual supports can also provide motivation for the child to work through a less preferred activity knowing a preferred/reinforcing activity is coming soon.

The type of symbols used, number of activities and amount of time shown on a visual schedule depend on the individual child’s needs.

If you want even more info about “visual supports”, check out these websites:

http://www.autism4teachers.com/autism4teachers_028.htm

http://www.autism4teachers.com/autism4teachers_020.htm

http://cdd.unm.edu/swan/autism_course/modules/environ/visualschedule/index.htm

http://card.ufl.edu/content/visual.html

http://www.polyxo.com/visualsupport/

http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/visual-supports

http://www.usevisualstrategies.com/VisualStrategiesInformation.aspx

http://visualaidsforlearning.com/

http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/visual-supports.pdf 

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma
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
Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

Overview of the STOP and Relax© program – Part 1 in a series of reviews/updates

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….

OMazing Kids Yoga is now on Wimgo – forming kids yoga groups at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma

Info about OMazing Kids Yoga forming kids yoga groups at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma is now on Wimgo (http://wimgo.com/norman-ok/omazing-kids-yoga-groups-now-forming-at-the-jd/events/226286) – also see the new widget in the right side bar.  🙂

How yoga assists children with Autism – Yoga in My School Blog Talk Radio interview with Barbara Gini of BodyLogique

                                                                                                     

An interview about the benefits of yoga for kids with autism – it was OMazing!

Founder of BodyLogique, Barbara Gini discusses yoga for children with autism spectrum disorders. This in depth interview includes common adaptations of yoga poses and breathing exercises, techniques to improve sensory integration and ways to promote social interaction. Teachers, parents, therapists and aides who work with children with autism will greatly benefit from Barbara’s wealth of expertise.

On Original Air Date on Blog Talk Radio with Yogainmyschool.com: April 6, 2011

http://yogainmyschool.com/2011/04/06/yoga-for-autism-with-barbara-gini/

http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/yoga-for-autism-barbara-gini/id369773913?i=92822960

(P.S. I am currently looking into funding options to bring Barbara here to present in Oklahoma so we can learn from her OMazing expertise! )