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The Best Lesson Plan ~ Follow Your Passion

I have had several inquiries this week regarding recommendations for the best kids yoga teacher trainings, where to find lesson plans & how I create my lesson plans. There’s not a simple answer.

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I do what works for me & for the kids I see. I work in a very unique setting with very unique kids. The JD McCarty Center is a pediatric rehab hospital for kids with developmental disabilities. We serve kids ages birth to 21 years of age & the patients are assigned to therapeutic groups by their treatment team (which I may or may not be a part of). The kids in my theraeutic yoga group change from week to week depending on admissions & discharges from the hospital (think “revolving door”…. some kids will overlap in their time in the group but not much). So I don’t have the luxury of having a long period of time to teach yoga foundations that I can then build upon in later sessions. We’ve had a few patients stay with us an extended time that have gotten to be in our therapeutic yoga group over several months…. but that’s the exception not the rule. I’ve had kids as young as 2 1/2 yrs. & as old as 20 yrs. in the same class. Not ideal but I made it work. When I did yoga at our summer camps, the kids ranged from 8-16 years. Again…. not ideal but I made it work. The only time I’ve been able to set my own age parameters for a class was the “inclusive” kids yoga class I offered last summer for kids ages 4-8 years. Even then that was not an ideal age range (big difference between 4 yr olds & 8 yr olds in attention span, interests, size, physical abilities (including balance), etc…) but I had to make it that broad in order to get enough kids registered to be able to offer it.

My 24 years of experience as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist has taught me how to modify everything “in the moment” to meet individual needs (not just in kids yoga but in everything I do). I am always equipped with visual supports & props (because I know they are helpful for most of our patients). I always have a general idea / lesson plan of what my goals or intentions are for a kids yoga class (just like I plan for my speech therapy treatment sessions). But I’m not tied to the plan. It becomes obvious very quickly when I am going to need to modify in the moment. I have had several patients lately with physical limitations & orthotics that made it very difficult to transition from sitting to standing. I often don’t know that until they show up in my class. So I modify poses & activities in the moment so that all kids can be included & feel successful.

While I learned alot in my yoga teacher trainings, it is not the only info I use to create my classes. I have attended several other trainings, have read lots of books, reviewed lots of materials & constantly gain new ideas from blogs & social media sites. I also incorporate all that I know about developmentally appropriate practices, child development & inclusive practices from all the continuing ed I have attended over my career and life lessons along the way. I incorporate arts & crafts, music & books into my kids yoga classes. How I do it depends on the needs of the kids in that particular class.

One of the most frequent requests I get via e-mail & Facebook comments or messaging is asking for a recommendation for “THE best kids yoga teacher training”. My typical response is “there are LOTS of great kids yoga trainings out there. The best one for YOU depends on lots of factors: where you will be teaching kids yoga (a yoga studio? school? hospital? yoga-themed birthday parties? camps?), what ages of kids you will be working with, will you also be offering “family yoga” or “mommy/parent & me yoga”, if your classes be inclusive (include kids with special needs), where you live or your ability to travel to a training (both time & expense), the amount of $$$ you have to invest in a training, etc…”

Most yoga teacher trainings include info about developing lesson plans and/or materials that will give you inspiration for lesson plans. But there is no perfect lesson plan. Please don’t be offended…… I LOVE lesson plans. You see me sharing them all the time. They are great inspiration for ideas. But if you have a lesson plan that you love so much that you can’t deviate from it or modify it in the moment, it’s a recipe for disappoinment / disaster. In my opinion, that holds true regardless of the particular kids in your class (2 or teen, with or without special needs) or where you will be teaching. You need to be flexible to connect with each individual.

My advice is to combine what you learn in any kids yoga teacher training with everything you already know & already love to develop lesson plans that work for you. They will then be from YOUR heart…. from YOUR passion. So I guess there really is a “simple” answer….. “Follow your passion”. You can’t go wrong with that 🙂

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 I love to connect & exchange ideas! Feel free to leave a comment below or on the OMazing Kids Facebook page :)

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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

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OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

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Inclusive OMazing Kids Yoga Classes at JDMC – Winter 2012-13

 

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

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 Winter 2012-13 Registration Form:

https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/winter-2012-13-inclusive-kids-yoga-classes-at-jdmc-registration-form.pdf  (1-page PDF)

(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-class 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!

The 1st Monday of each month at 4:00-4:30pm at the JD McCarty Center, 2002 East Robinson Street, Norman, OK 73071

  • December 3, 2012 (registration deadline: 11/28/12)
  • January 7, 2013 (registration deadline: 1/2/13)
  •  February 4, 2013 (registration deadline: 1/30/13)

Registration Fee:

$7.00 per child per class. If registering for more than one class, please make out a separate check for each class.

  • Make checks payable to “J.D. McCarty Center”.
  • Payment must be submitted with the registration form.
  • Put “Attn: Angela Moorad” on the envelope.

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 of the classes at this affordable rate.  A limited number of spots are available in each class series so register early!

 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

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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

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Inclusive OMazing Kids Yoga Classes at JDMC – Summer 2012

I am SO excited to announce that it looks like I have finally found enough families to be able to offer some inclusive kids yoga classes here at JDMC!

  • Thanks to Katie Kriegel, a parent who connected with me via Facebook and has helped to spread the word 🙂

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 3:30-4:00pm

  • Series 1: June 4, 11 & 18, 2012              (registration deadline: May 31, 2012)
  • Series 2: July 9, 16 & 23, 2012              (registration deadline: June 18, 2012)
  • Series 3: August 6, 13 & 20, 2012          (registration deadline: August 2, 2012)
$15 per child for each 3-week series. A minimum of 10 kids must register for us to offer this incredibly affordable rate of $5.00 per class. Maximum class size: 12. If the first class has reached maximum capacity and enough folks are interested, an additional class may be added at 4:30-5:00pm on those same dates.
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

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

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Tips for Working with Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Working with kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders is my passion & area of expertise as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I have had several folks contact me recently via Facebook and e-mail asking for a few tips.

The most important thing when working with kids, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders or any other special needs, is to get info about the kids and get to know them as individuals. I have been a SLP for 22 years and have worked with hundreds of kids with ASD ranging from infants (pre-diagnosis) to 21 years of age….. and the saying is definitely true “when you have met one person with Autism, you have met ONE person with Autism”. Every child is a unique individual….. like each of us is a unique individual. But there are also some general things that are helpful to know if you are considering working with kids with ASD so here are a few general tips:

* use visual supports (see several posts: https://omazingkidsllc.com/?s=visual+supports).

* have a predictable routine.

* be mindful of the sensory issues of each individual child (many are easily overstimulated by smells, lights, extra props, music, noises, etc…). Be mindful of this when picking yoga mats to use. Avoid ones with a strong odor, over-stimulating colors and/or distracting designs or patterns. Kids with ASD can take things very literally so if you have a yoga mat with a certain animal or pose on it they may think that is the only pose they can do on that mat. Non-toxic, eco-friendly yoga mats in solid, calming shades of blues & greens are my typical recommendation. There is actually some research about kids with special needs reactions to certain colors and many individuals with ASD were drawn to blues & greens and I have found this to be true in my personal practice as well.

* be aware that many individuals with ASD have difficulty making and maintaining eye contact. Many teens and adults with ASD have described eye contact as an overwhelming and sometimes painful sensory experience. Many have also described that eye contact can be so overwhelming that to look and listen at the same time is too much sensory information. In my work as a SLP, I have found it helpful to teach kids how to “approximate” eye contact by periodically looking at something in the facial region (ex: eyebrows, nose, chin, rim of eye glasses) of the conversational partner as a way to be socially engaging while still respecting their own sensory needs. I have seen way too many kids with ASD in my career where direct, unatural eye contact was overemphasized and the results are not usually good.

* don’t be too quick to judge whether or not a child with ASD is “enjoying” yoga or any other activity….. I have seen many kids initially be resistant or ambivalent to yoga and other activities end up loving it when given the opportunity to experience it on their own terms & at their own pace.

* be mindful of group dynamics & group size… many kids with ASD are overwhelmed in large groups.

* be mindful of the sensory aspects of the poses and breathing activities. Kids with ASD often have very significant Sensory Processing problems and can be very sensitive to poses that require balance or inversion. In general, poses that provide “flexion” tend to be calming, poses that provide “extension” tend to be alerting & energizing and poses that use both sides of the body and/or cross midline tend to promote focusing.

* many kids with ASD have “high interest” areas….. with some kids these make good theme choices to get them interested.

* many kids with ASD have poor motor planning skills and auditory processing problems so you may need to modify/simplify poses and use very simple instructions (one step at a time). You may need to wait a few seconds to allow the child to process verbal information. It is also helpful to provide a consistent cue before giving instructions and pairing verbal instructions with simple sign language/gestures and visual supports.

* always ask the child’s permission before touching or offering help with a pose & get info ahead of time about how that child reacts to touch. As a general rule of thumb more of them tolerate deep/firm pressure better than light touch…. but this can vary greatly from child to child.

Here is a link to a presentation I did at the Oklahoma Autism Conference: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2011/11/20/omazing-kids-yoga-therapeutic-yoga-for-kids-and-teens-with-autism-handouts-links-for-presentation-at-the-oklahoma-autism-conference-11-19-11/. It includes links to lots of great resources, video clips and research articles.

And a post I did about inclusion: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/01/16/universal-design-for-inclusive-kids-yoga-inclusion-is-belonging/

There are lots of great folks out there doing adapted yoga for kids with ASD. Here are links to a few of my faves:

 

Bodylogique: http://www.bodylogique.com/http://www.facebook.com/BodyLogique, blog: http://bodylogique.blogspot.com/. Check out the interview Barbara did last April: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yoga-in-my-school/2011/04/06/yoga-for-autism-with-barbara-gini. She also did a webinar “Yoga for Children with Autism” earlier this month with Donna Freeman at Yoga In My School (available for purchase: http://yogainmyschool.com/store/webinars/).

 

ZensationalKids:  http://zensationalkids.com/http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zensational-Kids-LLC/201943263172877Allison  is a licensed occupational therapist, a Registered Yoga Teacher and is a trainer with Radiant Child Yoga. She co-teaches their specialty course “Yoga for Differently-Abled Children: Working With ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Issues”. 

 

S.T.O.P. and Relax:  http://www.stopandrelax.net/http://www.facebook.com/stopandrelax.net

 

A great post on the Spirit of Autism blog: http://spiritofautism.org/2011/11/10/7-benefits-of-yoga-for-autism/

 

A great book isYoga Therapy for Every Special Child – Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting” by Nancy Williams. It’s a “must-have” for anyone doing adapted or therapeutic yoga. Nancy is a Speech-Language Pathologist &  Registered Yoga Teacher. http://yogatherapy4children.com/index.htmlhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Yoga-Therapy-4-Every-Special-Child/151568364912636.

Hope this helps!

You can also reach me at amoorad1@juno.com if you ever want to chat via e-mail 🙂

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

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

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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Review & Giveaway: The Swingset Mamas CD’s

Check out the fun, energetic & interactive music from the Swingset Mamas!

I first fell in love with the Swingset Mamas’ music when I found the song “Colors of the Rainbow” last year as I was looking for a song to encourage kids to try healthy foods in my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Love the calypso beat of that song and it is my fave on their 1st CD.

Hear mp3 samples at: http://www.amazon.com/Music-for-the-Whole-Family/dp/B0012MB1U8/ref=tmm_msc_title_0#mp3TrackPlayer

Then when I heard their song “Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes” and heard the story behind the song I was totally hooked!

Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ3LnuQ-nE0

I love that Lizzie Swan and Marlowe Bechmann, the Swingset Mamas, have a strong commitment to using music as a way to spread the message of inclusion and acceptance of differences for all children and adults of all abilities. Their song “Take A Walk In Someone Else’s Shoes” was inspired by Marlowe’s family and their journey with Autism.  

As the mother of a child with autism, Marlowe values and utilizes music to communicate with her daughter.  See this page on their website for tips on making music with your family, Autism Awareness and more: http://www.swingsetmamas.com/wordpress/?page_id=26

Transitions and daily routines are often a challenge for parents of kids with special abilities. Try Downloading “Dressed” (free), and turn your morning dressing routine from a power struggle into a game! Or put on “Buckle Up” (also free) for an easy way to get the kids loaded up into the car.

I received free copies of their 2nd CD “Dance Around the House” and 3rd CD “Mamamorphosis” to try out with the kids I work with both as a SLP & in OMazing Kids. I love their unique music that has a strong beat but is not too fast or overstimulating. Here are my favorite tracks on each CD:

 

Dance Around the House: My favorite tracks are:

  • Knock Knock Blues – would be fun to use in introductions in any kids group activity, including social skill groups, kids yoga groups, etc….
  • Sunscreen Dance – will be fun to use in my summer beach-themed groups & would help any parent who has a battle getting their child to wear sunscreen. Check out this fun printable to go with the song: http://www.aolcdn.com/ch_kids/swingset-mamas-sun-printable.gif
  • Dressed – any parent who has a battle with their child getting dressed has to hear this song…. Getting dressed to this song would be FUN!
  • Dance Around the House – fun to use during any movement activity, including yoga freeze dance.
  • Books – would be fun to use as a transition song for storytime or going to the library.
  • Buckle Up – ever had a battle getting your kids to wear their seatbelt? This song will make that fun too.
  • Bugs – LOVE this song & can’t wait to use this the next time I do a bug-themed yoga class! See the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E0X5-vi1WM
  • Rain & Thunder (two separate tracks) – We are planning a free event around the book “Rain Talk” for Better Hearing & Speech Month at the JD McCarty Center and these will be perfect to use! Would also be cool to use as a way to desensitize kids who are frightened of rain & thunder.
  • 5 More Minutes & See Ya Later Alligator (two separate tracks) – would work great to help in transitions when it’s time to wrap up an activity and get ready to go. See the See Ya Later Alligator video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbeYhYPRpqc
  • Hear mp3 samples at: http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Around-the-House/dp/B0012KRG9A/ref=tmm_msc_title_0#mp3TrackPlayer

Mamamorphosis: My favorite tracks are:

  • Love Makes A Family – Love the lyrics about movement, affirmation & acceptance of differences and beat of this song!
  • Dancing Pants – fun to use during any movement activity, including yoga freeze dance.
  • Great to Be Me – awesome affirmation song.
  • Water Safety Rules – fun way to teach water safety this summer. Many kids with special needs are attracted to water so it is imperative that we teach ALL kids about water safety.
  • Ralph and Rosie (Metamorphosis) – it would be fun to do a whole frog & butterfly metamorphosis themed kids yoga class around this song 🙂
  • If I Became President – LOVE the message of peace & taking care of our planet in this song. See the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRtUFQ7hIyM
  • Time & Counting (two separate tracks) – adding music to concepts that can be challenging to learn.
  • Off Center – does a great job of describing what it might feel like if you had sensory processing difficulties.
  • Take A Walk In Someone Else’s Shoes – An AWESOME song with a wonderful message of inclusion & acceptance!
  • Hear mp3 samples at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MY3X4K/ref=dm_att_alb1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335640836&sr=8-3-ent#mp3TrackPlayer

 Website: http://www.swingsetmamas.com/wordpress/

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

 YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Swingsetmamas/videos

Available for purchase at: http://www.swingsetmamas.com/wordpress/?page_id=89 – website includes direct links to downloads on iTunes, Amazon & CD Baby.

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 the music with your child or the children you work with AND which CD you want if you win. (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 the music with your child or the children you work with AND which CD you want if you win. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  3. Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save me the step of having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on April 30, 2012.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Only USA 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 may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Two (2) winners will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on May 1, 2012.
  • Each winner will be sent one (1) copy of the CD they selected in their entry.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • If a winner only entered via blog post, their mailing address will be obtained via e-mail.
  • In the event that a winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the company and they will be mailing the CD directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price up to $14.00 depending on the CD selected

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

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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

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Universal Design for Inclusive Kids Yoga: Inclusion is Belonging

I have had this on my heart to share for a while and decided that today would be a good day as we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Inclusion & Universal Design

Inclusive programs create accepting environments and send a powerful message that all children are welcomed and valued.

When inclusive practices are fully embraced, we provide all children with an authentic sense of belonging.

Materials and programs that are developed with “universal design” concepts are designed from the beginning to be flexible enough to accommodate the unique needs of a wide range of individuals, including those with and without disabilities.

The intent of “universal design” is to simplify life for everyone by making products and programs usable by as many people as possible at little or no extra cost. Universal design benefits people of all ages and abilities. Have you ever used automatic doors or “curb cut” ramps? Then you have benefitted from universal design.

Inclusion is Belonginghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9-XX9227ek

Here’s my dream: Let’s use the concept of “universal design” as we develop and implement yoga programs and materials for kids and youth. What simple modifications can we make to be inclusive and supportive of kids and youth of all abilities and needs in our classes? Can we add visual supports? Simplify instructions? Modify poses for specific physical and/or sensory needs?

Before offering “separate” classes or creating “separate” materials for kids & youth with special needs, consider what could be done to support inclusion in what is already available.

Ok….. I’m not Pollyanna. I know that inclusion may take more thought and planning. Inclusion may be uncomfortable the first time you are faced with how to handle a challenging behavior. And there may some situations where it would not be safe for a particular child to be included at that point in time (ex: due to extremely aggressive behaviors). But based on my 21 years experience working with kids of all ages (0-21 years) & a wide variety of special needs, it is pretty rare to have a child with that extreme of a behavioral issue unless you are working in a program/setting specifically designed for those intense needs.

  • Who better to “be the change we want to see in the world” than those of us doing yoga with kids & youth?
  • Where better to truly teach the concept of inclusion than in yoga programs for kids & youth?

Need help knowing how to take steps towards inclusion? One great resource would be to collaborate with folks who are passionate about inclusion in your own community. Look for a teacher, a parent of a child with special needs, a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, social worker, etc… who shares your passion for inclusion.

And I’m here to brainstorm ideas via my OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page….. The reason I established it was as a means to promote inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities…. So I’d love to help!

Here are some great online resources for inclusion:

http://www.inclusionproject.org/

http://www.includingsamuel.com/resources/inclusion.aspx

Supporting Inclusion for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Community Programs

http://www.kitonline.org/html/about/publications/Supporting-Children-with-Autism-Disabilities/eMagFiles/source/Binder1.pdf

Supporting Social Emotional Needs

http://www.kitonline.org/html/about/publications/KITSocial-Emo-Bookletindd/eMagFiles/source/KITSocial%20Emo%20Booklet.pdf

Supporting Children with Developmental Disabilities

http://www.kitonline.org/html/about/publications/Supporting-Children-with-Development/eMagFiles/source/Special%20Hope%20Resource%20Guide.pdf

Visual Support Video Series: How to Use Pictures to Enhance Activities

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=720vEFf40ls

Visual Support Video Series: How to Use Picture and Object Schedules

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpsJoZSn61c

Defining expectations: How to Teach Children What is Expected of Them

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZb_FqBAu7Q

Sensory support: How to Accommodate Children Who Are Over or Under-Sensitive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmsPYQd_Gmk

 

My goal in providing these thoughts & resources is to inspire and support inclusion. Namaste! 🙂

 

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

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