How do I incorporate kids yoga into therapy?

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One of the most frequent questions that I receive is from other SLPs wanting to know how to incorporate yoga into our work. Here is the info I typically share in reply:

I’ve listed all the trainings that I’ve attended on my blog. You need to know what you are doing before you add this to your therapy toolbox: https://omazingkidsllc.com/trainings-online-trainings-webinars-about-kids-wellness-mindfulness-and-relaxation/.

I have a list of other therapists that I’ve connected with who incorporate yoga into their work with kids (not sure if all the contact info is current since it’s been awhile since I’ve updated it… but still worth checking out): https://omazingkidsllc.com/connection-corner/.

If you are looking for recommendations for kids yoga & mindfulness materials, I’ve reviewed lots of them and have a list of most of them on my blog: https://omazingkidsllc.com/books-dvds-cds-specifically-designed-for-kids-yoga-or-mindfulness/.

I often design kids yoga activities around picture books and have listed ones that work well for that here: https://omazingkidsllc.com/kids-books/

And I have a list of toys and props that I use here: https://omazingkidsllc.com/yoga-props-toys/.

How I incorporate kids yoga into therapy depends on the age and needs of the patient. I use activities to promote sensory regulation & calming frequently in my work and kids yoga is one of the tools in my therapy toolbox to do that.

Just in case your fellow therapists think you are a little hippie/odd for incorporating yoga, there is research to support kids yoga and yoga for kids with special needs: https://omazingkidsllc.com/research-roundup/

You do need to know what you are doing though and to be aware of contraindications for certain poses and breathing activities. To avoid being sued, I am not posting those contraindications here since 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.

Hope this helps 🙂

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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