This page is dedicated to sharing research & articles relating to kids wellness, including yoga, with a focus on Autism and other special needs.
Articles are listed in order of publication dates with most recent publications listed first.
When available, I am sharing links to full research articles rather than just the “abstract”. Advocates and practitioners are cautioned not to read just the “abstract” in order to understand research study results because abstracts rarely mention any limitations to the study, they report only key findings, and the brevity of the paragraph (typically 120 words) may tend to provide an overly optimistic read of the study and what was found. For more info about reading & understanding research articles: http://www.uky.edu/CRVAW/files/Understanding%20Scientific%20Journal%20Articles.pdf & http://www.womenshealthapta.org/pdfs/HowToResearchArticle.pdf
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share an article to be posted 🙂
Yoga on our minds: a systematic review of yoga for neuropsychiatric disorders
By: Meera Balasubramaniam, ShirleyTelles and P. Murali Doraiswamy. Published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, January 2013
Mindfulness starts with the body: somatosensory attention and top-down modulation of cortical alpha rhythms in mindfulness meditation
By: Catherine E. Kerr, Matthew D. Sacchet, Sara W. Lazar, Christopher I. Moore and Stephanie R. Jones, Published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, February 2013, Volume 7, Article 12.
Efficacy of the Get Ready to Learn Yoga Program Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Pretest-Posttest Control Group Design
By Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR/L, RYT & Satvika Garg, MS, OTR/L, Published in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2012, Volume 66, Number 5
Full PDF: https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/efficacy-of-the-get-ready-to-learn-yoga-program-among-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders-a-pretest-posttest-control-group-design-am-j-occup-ther-2012-sep665538-46.pdf
Relaxation Response–Based Yoga Improves Functioning in Young Children with Autism: A Pilot Study
By Lucy E. Rosenblatt, MA, Sasikanth Gorantla, MD, Jodi A. Torres, BA, Rubin S. Yarmush,BA, Surita Rao, MD, Elyse R. Park, PhD, MPH, John W. Denninger, MD, PhD, Herbert Benson, MD, Gregory L. Fricchione, MD, Bruce Bernstein, PhD, and John B. Levine, MD, PhD, Published in The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, November 2011
Yoga and Autism: A rewarding (and challenging) assignment
by Hannah Gould, Published in Yoga Therapy Today December 2010
Yoga as a Complimentary Therapy for Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Clinicians
By Lisa C. Kaley-Isley, PhD, RYT-500, John Peterson, MD, Colleen Fischer, PhD, and Emily Peterson, CYT
Published in Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2010 August; 7(8): 20–32.
Transformative life skills: Pilot studies of yoga model for reducing perceived stress and improving self-control in vulnerable youth.
By Ramadoss, R., and Bose, B.K. (International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 2010).
Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students
By Meiklejohn, J., Phillips, C., Freedman, M. L., Griffin, M. L., Biegel, G., Roach, A., Frank, J., Burke, C., Pinger, L., et al. (Mindfulness, March 2010).
Executive Summary: http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/component/docman/doc_download/867-executive-summary-of-integrating-mindfulness-training-into-k-12-education-fostering-the-resilience-of-students-and-teachers?Itemid=243
Yoga for Children on the Autism Spectrum
by Jennie Ehleringer, Published in the 2010 edition of International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Application of integrated yoga therapy to increase imitation skills in children with autism spectrum disorder
By Shantha Radhakrishna, Published in International Journal of Yoga. 2010 Jan–Jun; 3(1): 26–30.
Perceptions of Children Who Participated in a School-Based Yoga Program
By Jane Case-Smith; Julie Shupe Sines; Maryanna Klatt
Published in Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 1941-1251, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2010, Pages 226 – 238
Yoga for the Special Child: Working with Autism
by Jennifer Davis, Published in Yoga Therapy Today, Volume 5, Number 1 / March 2009
Using the Biopsychosocial Model to Understand the Health Benefits of Yoga
by Subhadra Evans, Jennie CI Tsao, Beth Sternlieb, Lonnie K. Zeltzer
Published in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 15 (2009)
The Effects of Mindful Awareness Teaching Practices in the Wellness Works in Schools Program on the Cognitive, Physical and Social Behaviors of Students with Learning and Emotional Disabilities in an Urban, Low Income Middle School
by Desmond, C.T. (2009) Millersville University, September 2009.
Yoga Therapy for Autistic Children
by Miriam Behar, MA, OTR/L, Published in May 2006 edition of Yoga Therapy in Motion
Yoga for children in the mirror of the science: working spectrum and practice fields of the Training of Relaxation with Elements of Yoga for Children
By M. Stück and N. Gloeckner
Published in Early Child Development and Care, Vol. 175, No. 4, May 2005, pp. 371377
Teaching Yoga to School-Aged Children: Principles and Personal Experiences
by Heidi M. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Published in International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Volume 15, Number 1 / 2005
Yoga as an Intervention for Children with Attention Problems
By Heather L. Peck, Thomas J. Kehle, Melissa A. Bray & Lea A Theodore
Published in School Psychology Revies, 2005, volume 34, no. 3, pp. 415-424
The effects of yoga on the attention and behavior of boys with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
By Pauline. S. Jensen and Dianna T. Kennv, Published in Journal of Attention Disorders, Vol. 7, No. 4/May 2004
Creative Relaxation: A Yoga-Based Program for Regular and Exceptional Student Education
by Louise Goldberg, M.A., R.Y.T., L.M.T., Published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, No. 14 (2004)
A Study of the Yoga Ed Program at the Accelerated School
by Slovacek, Simeon, Tucker, Susan, & Pantoja, Laura. (2003).
Integrated movement therapy: Yoga-based therapy as a viable and Effective Intervention for Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
by Molly Kenny, M.S., Published in International Journal of Yoga Therapy,12 (2002), 71-79.
Improvement in Static Motor performance following yogic training of school children
By Shirley Tellles, B. Hanumanthaih, R. Nagarathna, and H. R. Nagendra
Published in Perceptual Motor Skills. 1993 Jun;76(3 Pt 2):1264-6.
Other websites with great info about yoga & wellness research:
Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma (http://www.jdmc.org/)
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
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