Posts Tagged ‘guided relaxation’

{New FREE Kids Guided Relaxation App} Wellbeyond Meditation for Kids

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{New Free Kids Guided Relaxation App} Very well done! Great hand painted illustrations, five short guided relaxations (sleep, focus, feelings, centering & kindness) with pleasant voiceovers & gentle music. No religious messages or undertones. Will definitely be recommending and using this new FREE app at OMazing Kids:

Wellbeyond Meditation for Kids by Wellbeyond Inc.
https://appsto.re/us/-65Iab.i

(universal iOS app that works on an iPad, iPhone or iTouch)

https://wellbeyond.com/kids

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Update 6/2/16:

Okay this new app from Wellbeyond is worth it’s weight in gold! I used it today with great success. I am a speech-language pathologist and kids yoga teacher who works with kids with severe disabilities. Many are nonverbal and have limited means of self regulating. One was so upset this morning that she was engaging in self injurious behaviors. I got her into a quiet room, laid her on a bean bag chair and turned on the “sleep” guided relaxation in this app. Within less than a minute she calmed down, quit banging her head and fell asleep. This app has earned a rare permanent spot in the valuable limited memory real estate on my therapy iPad. ūüôā

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC ‚Äď inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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Review & Giveaway: 2 Guided Relaxation CDs by Checka Antifonario & Shakta Khalsa

Guided Relaxation CDs Checka and Shakta Giveaway

Product Description:  Rainbow Walk (Fun, Peaceful Meditations and Relaxations for Children Ages 3-8) & You Are Made of Energy (Guided Meditations and Relaxations for Children Ages 9-14) are two new downloadable albums of guided meditations and relaxations backed by soothing and uplifting music to help children stay connected to who they truly are. Checka Antifonario & Shakta Khalsa collaborated on this project with the intention that these audio albums would be a lovely balance between communicating in a way that honors children’s depth and wisdom and giving them tools that are fun and totally relevant to their lives and interests.

 

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Here’s what I LOVE¬†about these guided relaxations:

  • Lovely calming voices….. I’ve heard LOTS of guided relaxation CD’s and the voice quality is very important for creating a calming atmosphere.
  • Awesome background instrumental music….. again very important for creating the calming atmosphere.
  • Good length for the targeted ages. You can see the length of individual tracks on the picture of the two album covers above. Very¬†young children¬†or those¬†with short attention spans may do best starting with the shortest relaxations or you could just use a portion of a relaxation and build from there.
  • Each guided relaxation is full of positive imagery and positive messages.
  • I love that the Rainbow Walk album includes a Fruit Mindfulness activity! I love doing this with the patients I see in OMazing Kids Yoga at the JD McCarty Center. Please remember that¬†it‚Äôs important to know about any food allergies or dietary restrictions before using food in a classroom or group setting. See this¬†post¬†on how I incorporate this type of activity.
  • There are no religious connotations which make these downloads appropriate in a wide variety of settings (I have to be particularly sensitive to this based on the setting I work in).
  • I love that they have made the guided relaxations available as individual mp3’s! This makes it easy for folks to buy one and try it with their own child or own setting before investing in a whole album. I also love that they made them available for download on a variety of platforms…. in particular iTunes since that makes it easy to directly download to an iPhone, iPod or iPad without having to be synced with a computer.

These guided relaxations would be fabulous for parents to use as part of a relaxation program for a child with anxiety, autism or other special needs, for teachers to use as a relaxation activity to center and calm their classroom & for kids yoga teachers to use as part of Savasana at the end of a class. And these guided relaxations are really “universal” in their use. There is nothing “kiddie” about them and would also be fabulous for adults to use as part of a relaxation break. I have them all loaded on my iPhone ready for just that purpose ūüôā

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Printable Picture Cards to go with RCY Kids Guided Relaxation Albums - made by OMazing Kids as a free printable to go with this review and giveaway (click pic to open 6 page PDF)

I made some printable picture cards to go with these guided relaxations. I use cards like this as way to give the patients with developmental disabilities I see in OMazing Kids Yoga at the JD McCarty Center a way to choose a relaxation and to have a visual to set the theme. : Visual Cards to go with Guided Relaxation Albums from Checka and Shakta at RCY

 

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Available for purchase on the Radiant Child Yoga website (as whole album downloads Р$9.99 per album): http://childrensyoga.com/shop/product-category/cds/
and on iTunes (.99 per individual mp3 or $7.92 per whole album download): https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/shakta-khalsa/id881148924

About the creators: 

Checka Antifonario, E-RYT, RCYT, RCY Teacher Trainer, is a full time adult yoga instructor and children’s yoga specialist based in the greater Boston area. She also runs Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Trainings both locally and throughout the U.S.: http://www.checkayoga.com/Home.html

Shakta Khalsa, R-RYT 500, began practicing yoga in 1972, and has been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1976. She is the founder of Radiant Child Yoga and is an internationally recognized teacher of yoga for both adults and children, having taught extensively at conferences and gatherings of a thousand or more for the past 40 years.  http://shaktakaurkhalsa.com/ & http://childrensyoga.com/  

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Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  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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International entries allowed for this giveaway.

Easy Entry Form:

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  • 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 August 8, 2014.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • International¬†entries are allowed for this particular giveaway (due to it being a downloadable product).
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product‚Äôs 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 winners will be chosen from valid entries on August 9, 2014.

10 winners will each receive their choice of 1 of the album downloads

  • 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‚Äôs e-mail address will be forwarded to Checka she will be e-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: $9.99¬†

Other Legal Stuff: I know¬†it’s just a kids guided relaxation album download¬†but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff‚Ķ

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.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC ‚Äď inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified ‚Äď 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.

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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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 peek inside the book:

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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:
german version of book
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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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Ķ

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.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC ‚Äď inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified ‚Äď 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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