{Free Printable & Lesson Plan} Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks

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Have you seen the new line of Ladybug Girl board books? Board books are a great option when doing 1-on-1 activities. The sturdy pages and shortened text lend themselves well to repeated use with kids with special needs. I love this newest book in the Ladybug Girl series! It has a great message of gratitude and is filled with lots of opportunities for kids yoga: ladybug, dog, bumblebee breath, grasshopper (for Grasshopper Girl), crescent moon, standing star, tree, book (easy pose and open/close legs like turning pages in a book, pumpkin (child pose with hands at head for stem), pie making sequence (see details below) & ending with the Gratitude Relaxation guided relaxation and activities from the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck. I also include coloring as part of relaxation.

Get the free printable coloring page that I made for the yoga poses in this book:

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Pie making kids yoga sequence: 

  • roll out the pie dough (lay on belly & kids choose if they want their arms, legs or back rolled out with a pool noodle “rolling pin” or a real rolling pin – be mindful of kid’s sensory needs and always ask their permission before touching. Some kids may prefer to roll out their own arms or legs with the pool noodle)
  • easy pose legs as bowl, put in pumpkin, eggs, spices, etc., mix (stir the pot & do “washing machine” for mixer)
  • pie pose (seated angle)
  • tick-tock-toes timer (point-flex feet while saying “tick tock” as the pie “cooks” on your oven)
  • smell & “mmm” breath

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Fun idea:

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See this post for more ideas for teaching kids about gratitude and thankfulness. Includes lesson plans for several books, crafts, Gratitude Relaxation card and a music playlist:

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/11/16/thanksgiving-thankfulness-giving-and-gratitude-lesson-plan-ideas/

And this album:

An album of Fall mandalas & coloring pages:

 

Also check out this fun new song:

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Leap Day theme for kids yoga & speech-language therapy with “Jump” by Scott Fischer

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Looking for a fun book for a “leap day” themed kids yoga class? Check out all the fun opportunities in the book “Jump” by Scott Fischer!

He sings the entire book in this video: http://youtu.be/54n5QN01PcE

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The book is also full of great opportunities to target speech & language goals. I used it today in a session to target inclusion of the final bilabial sound in the repeated line “jump”. This is such a fun book to read 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Jump-Scott-M-Fischer/dp/1416978844
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{Book Review} Little Bitty Friends by Elizabeth McPike, free printable + ideas for kids yoga & speech-language therapy

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Check out this awesome new addition to the OMazing Kids collection of fabulous kids picture books: Little Bitty Friends by Elizabeth McPike (due to be released 2/2/16; hardcover, 32 pages, $16.99; the book description indicates that the book is for ages birth to 3 but I can definitely see myself using this book into early elementary ages).

  • I love the adorable illustrations and the rolling-off-your-tongue fun to read rhyming text.
  • The book has lots of great opportunities for language with unique verbs (march, tickle, reach, fly, peek, nibble, sway, sneeze, chatter, play, nuzzle, nap, rest & hug) and nouns (boy, girl, knee, nose, lap, caterpillar, flower, sky, bird, tent, snail, mouse, strawberry, tree, swing, cat, wagon, chipmunk, ladybug, grass, rock, turtle, rabbit, basket, blanket, puppy).
  • As an added bonus there are lots of opportunities for kids yoga activities based on the illustrations and text (cross crawl hike, ant (warrior 1), caterpillar (group happy baby), flower, stretch to sky, bird, tree, snail, tent (triangle or rooftop partners), mouse, weeping willow (crescent moon), swing (standing forward fold with arms on top of each other like swing seat), cat, chipmunk (toe-ga with brown pom poms), ladybug, turtle, bunny breaths, resting puppy savasana & big self-hug).

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Here is a sneak peek at a few pages inside the book:

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Here is a free printable that I made to use with this book. I have several kids that I see for speech-language therapy who respond well to getting to color or splat a small ball of playdoh on a small picture after saying a certain number of articulation target words or naming pics (Tip: When using playdoh splat mats it helps to already have small balls of playdoh pre-rolled). In my kids yoga classes, I use coloring sheets both as a visual support for kids to pick a pose to do again and as a coloring sheet to do during relaxation at the end or to take home.

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Little Bitty Friends - coloring page from OMazing Kids

https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/little-bitty-friends-coloring-page-and-playdoh-splat-mat-from-omazing-kids.pdf

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The book is available for pre-order purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bitty-Friends-Elizabeth-McPike/dp/0399172556 & http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/317196/little-bitty-friends-by-elizabeth-mcpike-illustrated-by-patrice-barton/9780399172557.

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A Color of His Own & The Mixed Up Chameleon: Lesson Plan Ideas & Free Printables

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Kohl’s is a fabulous place to get large hardcover books & a matching plush animal for just $5.00 each! Plus a portion of the sales goes to a good cause. Their latest Kohl’s Cares campaign includes some books & plush from Leo Lionni. I already had a small board book version of “A Color of His Own” but couldn’t resist getting this nice large hardcover version & the adorable plush chameleon at my local Kohl’s. Also available online:

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2284589/kohls-cares-a-color-of-his-own-book.jsp?color=Multi/None

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2284745/kohls-cares-chameleon-plush.jsp?pfm=rrrecs-pdp-gtab1

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The book has the following opportunities for kids yoga: bird, fish, elephant, pig, chameleon (plank), heather (flower), tiger, leaf, grass, mushroom (child’s pose). The book is also great for vocabulary & colors and has a fabulous message of friendship.

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The cool thing is that I can use the same plush with “The Mixed Up Chameleon” by Eric Carle (another great Kohl’s Cares purchase back in 2011). It has the following opportunities for kids yoga: chameleon (plank), tree, flower, sun stretch & breath, polar bear, flamingo, fox, fish, deer, giraffe, turtle, elephant, seal, rainbow. Love the message about being yourself.

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I use plush animals as both a story prop & as a kids yoga prop for breathing (placed on their belly) (see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSShnzaz-8A)

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Here is a printable that I made back in 2011 and just updated: 

Mixed Up Chameleon and A Color of His Own – Be Myself – free printable from OMazing Kids

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Mixed Up Chameleon and A Color of His Own - Be Myself - free printable from OMazing Kids

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Detailed chameleon coloring:

http://www.coloring-pages-adults.com/animals/nggallery/page/4/?image=animals__coloring-adult-cameleon-patterns__1

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There are also some great free printable story props for both of these books out on the Kizclub.com website: http://www.kizclub.com/stories.htm. The key is to download the PDFs you want to your computer since that website frequently disappears for several months (guessing while it is being updated). I always get the color & black-white versions of the printables.

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Here are two ideas for guided relaxation to go with this theme:

Good to be me guided relaxation

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Color Breathing guided relaxation

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I love this idea for making a clear chameleon that you can then place on a variety of surfaces: http://thatbaldchick.com/a-color-of-his-own-unit-study/

Chameleon idea

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Pinterest is full of tons of cute craft ideas for both books 🙂

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Book Review, Lesson Plan Ideas & Free Printable: Breathe by Scott Magoon

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Check out this awesome new addition to the OMazing Kids collection of fabulous kids picture books: “Breathe” by Scott Magoon.

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I saw it mentioned by my friend Jenny at Happy Planet Yoga and got a great deal on a new hardcover copy for only $1.98 + shipping for a total of $5.97 on Amazon!  I always check out the options for purchasing a new or used in good condition book before purchasing to find the best deals.

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I love the calming illustrations & short text on each 2-page spread. Every few pages there is a reminder to “Breathe”.  This book would be perfect for a whole session devoted to various yoga breathing techniques or you could go with an arctic ocean-themed kids yoga class based on the opportunities in the illustrations (whale, fish, crab, puffin, jellyfish, sun, sea kelp (forward fold), sunken ship (boat), mountain,  mindful listening to ocean sounds, polar bear, etc..). The book also has several great messages that could be used as mantras:  Breathe. Explore. Make new friends. Fear not. Find another way up. Love and be loved. Dream big.

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The “Under the Sea” guided relaxation on page 38 in “Imaginations Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids” will be perfect for this theme.

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Here is a free printable beluga whale & mantras coloring sheet:

beluga whales and mantras coloring page for Breathe by Scott Magoon

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Fun free printable craft:

Whales-Book-Printable

 

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http://scottmagoon.com/breathe/

https://www.facebook.com/scottmagoonbooks/

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{OMazing Kids Book Review, kids yoga ideas & free coloring sheet} “My Leaf Book” by Monica Wellington

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 Yippee! You all know what a huge fan I am of Monica Wellington’s books so I was thrilled to get a copy of her new release “My Leaf Book”. Autumn is my favorite season. Cooler weather, apples, pumpkins & the gorgeous colors of the changing leaves. “Apple Farmer Annie” welcomes Leaf Girl in “My Leaf Book” as a fabulous new addition to my OMazing Kids collection of  favorite fall books

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Here are a few pics of interior pages to give you a feel for the book. I love that even the end sheets are illustrated & that kid-friendly leaf facts and ideas for leaf craft projects are included!

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Opportunities for kids yoga: tree, leaf, gate, upward facing dog, basket, bird, squirrel (toe-ga with brown pom poms), gyan mudra looking glasses, book, forward fold (to pick leaves off ground), standing star, blowing wind breath with small leaves, palming (for leaf rubbing), weeping willow (crescent moon), forest of trees group pose, heart mudra, heart affirmations, heart guided relaxation, etc.. Would be fun to add leaf rubbing, leaf stamping & other leaf-themed crafts. In addition to those listed in the book, there are lots of cool leaf craft ideas on this post!

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About the book: With her trademark bold, graphic style Monica Wellington has created a picture book about autumn, trees, and leaves.  When the seasons change, a young girl visits the arboretum to collect fallen leaves and make a book with them. Brilliant illustrations show each variety of tree the girl encounters, from the common oak to the lesser known gingko.  Spreads silhouetting leaves up-close help young children learn to identify them. Like the girl in the book, young readers will be eager to make their very own leaf books.

  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 0360
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (September 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803741413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803741416
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches

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Available on Amazon & other book resellers.

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Free printable coloring sheet from the author

My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington - click pic to open 1-page PDF

 

 

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{OMazing Kids Book Review} Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods

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I love books that put a new twist on a familiar song and have a great repeated line! I have all three books in this series. The third one “Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods” has the following animals in it: woodpecker, squirrel, turkey, chipmunk, snake, turtle, skunk, moth & owl. Additional opportunities for kids yoga include tree, forest (group of trees), cross crawl hike, sandwich (picnic in woods), rock & relaxing stars (perfect for leading into a guided relaxation at the end). Teachers will love the facts about forest animals, plants & trees and activities to teach kids to be a naturalist at the end of the book.

Dawn Publications has several free printables for the book: http://www.dawnpub.com/downloadable_activities_book/

I bought my copy on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Macdonald-Hiked-Woods-Mary-Quattlebaum/dp/1584693355

 

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The Animals’ Santa: an OMazing Kids Lesson Plan & free printable coloring page

The Animals Santa book

 

The Animals’ Santa by Jan Brett is definitely a new fave in OMazing Kids! Her illustrations are a feast for the eyes and include amazing details on the sides that give clues about what else is going on in the story.

The book has the following opportunities for kids yoga activities:

  • Bunny Breaths
  • Snowy Tree
  • Forest of Snowy Trees
  • Lemming (mouse)
  • Heart-Shaped Mudra (for the heart-shaped wishing stone)
  • Bell Mindful Walking
  • Raven (bird)
  • Squirrel (use brown pom-poms as acorns to stretch and pick or do Toe-ga to pick up with toes)
  • Arctic Fox (cat pose + sign for “fox”)
  • Badger (big steps pretending to walk on snowshoes)
  • Polar Bear (extended Child Pose)
  • Moose (Seated Twist + hands on head as big antlers)
  • Porcupine (Lotus Mudra – fingers look like the quills)
  • Wolf (Upward Facing Dog)
  • Broken Ice Chimes Mindful Listening (small wind chimes or chime bar)
  • Snowy Owl (Gyan Mudra at eyes)

 

Playlist Suggestions:

  • It’s Snowing by Bobbie Lancaster
  • Silent Nights CD from Relax Kids
  • Snow by Jim Valley
  • Snow Angel & Snowy Tree on Musical Yoga Adventures CD
  • Snow Song by Mary Lu Walker
  • Snowfall by Will Hale & the Tadpole Parade

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Craft Idea: Make Wishing Stones by decorating small river rocks or glass stones with permanent markers, stickers or paint. Here’s one example: http://club.chicacircle.com/glass-painted-wishing-stones/ and another one using melted crayons: http://artfulparent.com/2014/05/diy-wishing-stones-friend.html. To promote the idea of “giving”, each child could make a wishing stone to give away as a gift. Free card to go with the gift: http://www.janbrett.com/pdf/animal_santa_christmas_card.pdf

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PDF of this lesson plan: https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/the-animals-santa-by-jan-brett-an-omazing-kids-yoga-lesson-plan.pdf

Free Coloring Page:

The Animals' Santa - click pic to open 1-page free coloring page to go with the OMazing Kids Lesson Plan

 

https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/the-animals-christmas-coloring-page-to-go-with-the-omazing-kids-yoga-lesson-plan.pdf

 

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Love the great free printable kids yoga routines from Musical Yoga Adventures:

Snowy Tree - Muiscal Yoga Adventures

snow angel - musical yoga adventures

See lots of other snowy & Christmas-themed ideas, including links to crafts & printables on these posts on my OMazing Kids blog: https://omazingkidsllc.com/category/christmas-winter/

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Snowy Guided Relaxation:

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https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/12/14/even-more-snowy-faves-two-guided-relaxation-stories-great-for-kids-yoga/

See More Snowy Faves: “A Perfect Day” by Carin Berger, kids yoga ideas and a snowy playlist:

More Snowy Faves blog post

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/12/10/more-snowy-faves-a-perfect-day-by-carin-berger-kids-yoga-ideas-and-a-snowy-playlist/

See the rest of my “Snowy Faves” in this post:

Five snowy faves post

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/12/08/five-snowy-faves-kids-picture-book-gems/

Want even more ideas for Christmas & Winter-themed kids activities? Check out these three posts:

12 days of kids yoga

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/12/01/12-days-of-christmas-kids-yoga/

Grinch Yoga post

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/11/28/the-yoga-of-dr-seuss-inspired-by-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-free-printable/

Christmas & Winter Kids Yoga post

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2011/12/03/christmas-winter-themed-kids-yoga-ideas/

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2 New Snowy Faves: One-Dog Sleigh & Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow

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Here are two new fun additions to my winter-themed book collection for 2013…..

 

Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow

This new book in the Ladybug Girl series has a great message of “perseverance” and “looking on the bright side”.  The book has the following opportunities for kids yoga: reach-stretch to put on warm clothing (long johns, snow pants, boots, puffy jacket, mittens & earmuffs), up dog (for her companion Bingo),  sun breath & stretch, cross-crawl hike through the snow, penguin (mountain + waddle), tree with snow on “branches”, blowing snow (blowing cotton balls), bell mindful walking activity, standing forward fold to dig in snow, rock-and-roll snowballs, flying winter dragon (Warrior III), mountain, snow animals (bear, dear, bunny, rhino, gorilla, lion, hippo, unicorn), hot cocoa by the fire (palming), snowflakes (standing star with wiggling fingers). The book ends with the sky turning a deep blue with snowflakes….. would make for a nice transition into Savasana with one of these snowy guided relaxations: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/12/14/even-more-snowy-faves-two-guided-relaxation-stories-great-for-kids-yoga/

Free Ladybug Girl activities & printables: http://www.ladybuggirl.com/printables.html

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One-Dog Sleigh

This book reminds me of the book “The Mitten” with lots of animals squeezing into a sleigh. I love the rhyming cumulative verses and repeated lines. The book has the following opportunities for kids yoga: horse, sleigh, up dog, squirrel, sleigh bells, owl, lynx (cat), deer, bear, tree, blowing snow (blowing cotton balls), mouse, standing star with twinkling fingers, barn (rooftop partners).

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Free “My Snow Globe” printable: My Snow Globe

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A snowman-themed glitter calming jar from In Lieu of Preschool: http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/snowman-hush-bottles/

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Links to other Winter & Christmas-themed posts…..

Snowy Guided Relaxation:

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https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/12/14/even-more-snowy-faves-two-guided-relaxation-stories-great-for-kids-yoga/

See More Snowy Faves: “A Perfect Day” by Carin Berger, kids yoga ideas and a snowy playlist:

More Snowy Faves blog post

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/12/10/more-snowy-faves-a-perfect-day-by-carin-berger-kids-yoga-ideas-and-a-snowy-playlist/

See the rest of my “Snowy Faves” in this post:

Five snowy faves post

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/12/08/five-snowy-faves-kids-picture-book-gems/

Want even more ideas for Christmas & Winter-themed kids activities? Check out these three posts:

12 days of kids yoga

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/12/01/12-days-of-christmas-kids-yoga/

Grinch Yoga post

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/11/28/the-yoga-of-dr-seuss-inspired-by-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-free-printable/

Christmas & Winter Kids Yoga post

https://omazingkidsllc.com/2011/12/03/christmas-winter-themed-kids-yoga-ideas/

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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Review & Giveaway: Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child book & Guided Meditation 4 Children – I Am the Breeze CD (plus Practicing Peace lesson plan) from Nancy Williams

Nancy Williams giveaway

A great opportunity to win a “must have” book for anyone wanting to do therapeutic yoga with kids + a fabulous guided relaxation CD & a lesson plan from Nancy Williams, a fellow Speech-Language Pathologist who has a passion for kids yoga!

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Product Descriptions:  

Yoga Therapy book

Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child: Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting by Nancy Williams. Yoga therapy can be a hugely rewarding approach for children with a wide range of special needs. This accessible guide contains simple yoga techniques that can be used with children of all abilities. The author provides gentle yoga postures and exercises that can help to promote relaxation, flexibility, strength, coordination and body-awareness. Each posture is accompanied by a line drawing, and the author offers advice on how each posture appropriately supports the individual child’s needs and abilities. Practical tips for incorporating creative fun and games into yoga sessions are included, and the author outlines the specific benefits of yoga for a wide range of conditions, including Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, social communication difficulties, Down Syndrome, and scoliosis. The book concludes with child and parent reports of how yoga therapy has changed their life. This wonderful resource is ideal for parents, therapists and instructors who want to use simple yoga exercises with children with special needs.

I frequently receive requests for info about doing therapeutic yoga with kids with special needs. This book is on my short list of “must have” resources! It is an easy read, is affordable and has great info relating yoga to other therapeutic areas (body awareness, motor planning, communication, following directions, behavioral regulation, social skills, sensory integration), ideas for creating a good yoga environment, description of poses with benefits and modifications for specific special needs. The black and white line illustrations were done by Nancy’s sister and are lovely!

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848190271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848190276
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.9 x 9.7 inches

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Guided Meditation 4 Children – I Am the Breeze CD (5 tracks)

  • Dancing in the Wind (4:20)
  • Into White (5:06)
  • Shifting Shapes (4:43)
  • Indian Summer (5:46)
  • I Am the Breeze (3:47)

The CD contains five lovely guided relaxations. Nancy’s voice is soothing and relaxing. Although the CD is marketed for kids 11 years & older it could also be appropriate for younger kids given the opportunity to build an attention span for guided relaxation.

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See a little more in this video: http://vimeo.com/16934126 and some of her precious yogis: http://vimeo.com/9636275

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The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Therapy-Every-Special-Child/dp/1848190271 and most other online book sellers.
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FYI…. Her book was recently translated into German! See this pic on Nancy’s Facebook page:
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The CD is available for purchase on CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nancywilliams2 & Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Guided-Meditation-Children-Am-Breeze/dp/B0085MJ8DU. A downloadable version is available on those websites & on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/guided-meditation-4-children/id529614372. Listen to previews on those sites. 

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The author is on Facebook and frequently shares awesome tips for therapeutic yoga on her page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yoga-Therapy-4-Every-Special-Child/151568364912636 

Website: http://yogatherapy4children.com

Blog: http://yogatherapy4children.wordpress.com/ 

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Disclaimer: I purchased my own copy of this book in 2010 & won a copy of the CD in a giveaway on the author’s Facebook page. Opinions expressed are my own. Starting in 2013, a new component of reviews & giveaways hosted on OMazing Kids is that a review will be added on Amazon.com (for products sold on that site). See my Amazon profile at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1JKVLELLSX7FD?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_aya_bb_pdp.

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Easy Entry Form:

Only Continental USA entries allowed for this giveaway.

  • Only entries with all required information will be valid. The info comes to me directly via e-mail & is ONLY used for the purposes of selecting winners and distributing prizes.

  • Helpful Info & Tips: Folks had requested a simpler entry option. I tried Rafflecopter but most folks did not enter an address so now I’m trying this online contact form instead. I will be hand selecting winners to insure products end up in the hands of folks who will put them to the best use. Briefly tell me how winning this would help you & the kids. I take the time to read each entry so details count. It doesn’t have to be lengthy…. just heart-felt.
  • If you experience any problems with the entry form in this blog post, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry problems.
  • Each “giveaway” is handled separately on OMazing Kids. So there are no rules prohibiting previous winners from entering this or future giveaways. I really do read every entry in every giveaway carefully to insure that the products end up in the best hands to impact kids lives.

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm CST on December 3, 2013.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Only Continental USA entries are 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 entries may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Only entries with all required information will be valid.
  • The winner will be chosen from valid entries on December 4, 2013.

1 Grand Prize winner will receive the following prize bundle:

  • 1 copy of the book + 1 copy of the CD + 1 “Practicing Peace” 2-page PDF handout from the author 

2nd place winner: 

  • 1 copy of the book + 1 copy of the CD

3rd place winner: 

  • 1 copy of the CD

  • The winner will be notified via e-mail, will be posted on the blog post & will be posted on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The company offering the prize may also post the winner’s name on their website, blog, Facebook page and/or other social media sites at their discretion.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the author and she will be mailing the prizes directly to the winners.  After I e-mail the winner’s info to the company, it is their responsibility to mail out prizes. Please contact them first if you are concerned about not receiving a prize. If that does not resolve the problem, then feel free to e-mail me and I will glad to assist in whatever way I can.
  • Prize Value: $19.95 per book, $9.99 per CD, handout – author’s time to create it 

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a book, CD & handout 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.

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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

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the crayons divider bar or any ads or unusual hyperlinks that may appear above. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here. I have attempted to remove the CouponDropDown but no luck so far…. DO NOT click on any hyperlinks unless you hover above them first to insure they are valid. Ones I included should appear in blue font.

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