Posts Tagged ‘kids relaxation’

Frozen Snowflake themed breathing & relaxation – free printable from OMazing Kids

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I work with kids with Autism who often have great difficulty with self-regulation. This is one of the main things that caused me to be drawn to kids yoga & other relaxation techniques to help them. It was heartbreaking to witness one of my six year old patients have a total meltdown last week. She often has these episodes of total disregulation the day after an evening field trip or event. Like many girls her age she is highly interested in the movie Frozen. So I made the following visual supports to help teach her breathing and relaxation techniques that should help with self-regulation.

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I’m sharing it here as a free printable so others can benefit from it as well:

Free 1-page PDF:

frozen-snowflake-themed-breathing-and-relaxation-free-printable-from-omazing-kids

 

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – 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 27 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.

 

 

 

{App Review} Super Yoga Bedtime by Cheeky Yogi

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{App Review} Super Yoga Bedtime by Cheeky Yogi

This lovely new superhero-themed kids yoga & mindfulness iPad app helps children wind down and let go of all the “stuff’ from their day. Activities are short (each less than 10 minutes) so it’s easy to squeeze into a bedtime routine or to use as a calming break during the day and is nice for kids with shorter attention spans.

Features:

– 3 yoga sequences with detailed guidance to help encourage safe alignment
– 5 guided relaxation journeys
– 2 calming breathing techniques
– A Superhero Scoreboard to track minutes and days of practice
– Superpower badges to reward regular practice and inspire discussion around qualities like empathy and resilience, developing emotional literacy

This app is a bargain at $2.99 (current price in the USA App Store, prices may vary in other countries based on the exchange rate).

My only suggestions for a future app update would be to find a way to compress or reduce the app size. It’s currently a large app (1.16 GB). It would also be nice for it to eventually be a universal iOS app so parents could use it on an iPhone as well as an iPad.

App Store link: https://appsto.re/us/SGcGdb.i

Website: http://cheekyyogi.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheekyyogi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cheeky_yogi
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cheekyyogi/

App preview video:


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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – 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 27 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.

Review: Imaginations 3 – Guided Meditations and Yoga for Kids

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Review: Imaginations 3 – Guided Meditations and Yoga for Kids

Book Description

The third book in the Imaginations Series, Imaginations 3: Guided Meditations and Yoga for Kids is an essential resource for every parent and teacher who wants to help children learn to calm their bodies and relax their minds.

The benefits of relaxation for kids include:
• Reduced stress
• Better concentration and focus
• Enhanced ability to learn
• Improved behavior and sleep
• Increased self-esteem

Relaxation Story Titles:
Tight and Soft
A Bird’s-Eye View
Fish
On a Farm
Pumpkin
The Apple Tree
Superhero
Bicycle
Mountaintop
Your Island
Riding a Comet
Moonbeam Blanket
Flying Carpet Ride to India
See the Music
Unicorn Friend
Earth Tour
Peaceful Body, Peaceful World
Loving Kindness
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What I LOVE about this book:

  • Includes 18 relaxation scripts specifically written for kids. The scripts are short and based on kid-friendly themes. Most of these are themes commonly used in kids yoga classes so this book is sure to become a loved & well used resource!
  • These relaxation scripts will also be helpful in my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Many of the kids I see have high levels of anxiety and often have difficulty sleeping. I often incorporate relaxation techniques into my sessions, especially for kids with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD & Stuttering.
  • The scripts are free of any wording that have religious connotations which makes them easy to use in any setting.
  • Each 2-page spread has a script & a full page illustration. The illustrations capture the essence of the script and many have a “retro” feel to them. I love having a picture to show kids before I read a relaxation script. Many of the kids I work with have special needs and relate well to visuals.
  • Large easy to read text.
  • Great additional info in the introduction sections. Love the simplified intro written specifically for kids!
  • Includes pictures & instructions for four yoga poses as prep for relaxation (knee hug, happy baby, legs up & starfish savasana) and five breathing games (Hoberman Sphere, heart breath, yawning breath, humming breath & buzzing bee breath)

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A sneek-peek inside the book. Since there were not any pics on Amazon of any of the actual 2-page spread relaxation stories, I took these pics but masked out most of the text. It will at least give you a “feel” for what the stories are like:

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I love fall & pumkins so this relaxation story was definitely a fave 🙂

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Can’t wait to use this in an outer spaced themed class!

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Author’s website & blog: http://bambinoyoga.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BambinoYoga & http://www.facebook.com/imaginationsforkids
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bambinoyoga
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/bambinoyoga/
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Price: $19.99
Available for purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Imaginations-Guided-Meditations-Yoga-Kids/dp/0990732258
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All three books and a few individual relaxation stories PDFs can also be purchased on the author’s website: http://bambinoyoga.com/shop/.
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See info about the first book in this series in this review: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/08/26/review-giveaway-imaginations-fun-relaxation-stories-and-meditations-for-kids/
Review for second book: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2014/11/01/review-imaginations-fun-relaxation-stories-and-guided-imagery-for-kids-2/

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Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are my own.
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist & Kids Yoga Teacher
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – 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 27 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.

{Book Bundle Giveaway} Seashell Meditations for Children book, coloring activity book & seashell

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Check out this great opportunity to win a kids guided relaxation book bundle! I love that each of the 10 guided relaxation stories includes a picture, lovely rhyming text & a QR code to scan to go directly to a video with background music and sounds for that story. The coloring activity book would be great to use along with the book or with any ocean themed activity. I love the space left on each 2 page spread inviting the child to add to the picture.

The best part is that I get to share this bundle with three of you! Three winners will each receive a bundle of one autographed copy of the Seashell Meditations for Children: The Ten Story Collection + one copy of Under The Sea: A Seashell Meditation for Children Coloring and Activity Book + a seashell. Worldwide entries allowed. Scroll down to find the entry form below.

Available for purchase:

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Book: https://www.amazon.com/Seashell-Meditations-Children-Book-Collection/dp/0692676015

A Seashell Meditation for Children combines the entire 10 story collection into one. Now you get 10 fun and interactive stories that introduces meditation in the form of a short story rhymes using a seashell as an interactive tool for focus and fun all in one book. Reading the story to the child and using a simple meditation technique will guide them through a creative journey as the story takes them to exciting places to use their imaginations and explore which is a great way to introduce meditation for beginners. With each story there is a QR code available to scan with your smart device for background music and sounds while reading the book to the child. The benefits of meditation are endless. Learning this practice at a young age can help a child through their lifetime.

$16.95
Age Range: 2 – 12 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 6
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Seashell Publications; The Ten Story Collection ed. edition (April 7, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692676015
ISBN-13: 978-0692676011
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches

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Coloring and activity book: https://www.amazon.com/Under-Sea-Seashell-Meditation-Children/dp/0692716165

A Seashell Meditation for Children, Under the Sea, is a unique coloring activity book that contains a short meditation story rhyme using a seashell as a tool for focus and concentration. The book encourages the child to use their imagination while listening to the story as it is being read. The child then can color the pictured pages that corresponds with the meditation story as well as use their imagination and color in the blank spaces provided by reflecting back on the meditation they just heard. This helps the child to engage and participate in the meditation.

$7.95
Age Range: 2 – 11 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 6
Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: Seashell Publications (May 12, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692716165
ISBN-13: 978-0692716168
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches

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Book trailer:

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Author’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/seashellmeditations/
Author’s website: http://www.seashellmeditations.com
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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to the three winners: Danette Moore, Tara Geller & Michelle Arenas. Your info has been sent to the author to mail out the prizes.

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Easy Entry Form (be sure you are on the original blog post for the entry form to show up. Previews in e-mail often don’t show it):

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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 July 23, 2016.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Worldwide 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 July 24, 2016.
  • The winners 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 prize will be mailed to the winner using the address submitted in the entry form. OMazing Kids is not responsible for items lost in the mail or for inaccuracies in the mailing address. I copy & paste the info directly from what you submit << so PLEASE proof read your entry for accuracy before submitting it…. in the era of iPhone auto correction these errors happen pretty frequently>>
  • 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: $25.00

3 winners will each receive a bundle of one autographed copy of the Seashell Meditations for Children: The Ten Story Collection + one copy of Under The Sea: A Seashell Meditation for Children Coloring and Activity Book + a seashell.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids book bundle 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. 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
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – 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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{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. 🙂

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – 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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Glitter Bottle Calming App ~ currently FREE

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 This glitter bottle calming app is currently FREE. I used it in a session this week along with guided relaxation to quickly help a patient calm. The child had a panic/anxiety attack in the middle of a session over the fear that they would fail state testing -> flunk -> be held back a grade…. bless their hearts…. kids experience way too much stress in schools these days.

Calming Bottle by eSolution
https://appsto.re/us/_fqy9.i

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{note: Price was verified in the Apple App Store at the time of this post but can change at any time.}
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness & educational activities for kids of all abilities 

Home E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com 

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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 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a kids book reviewer with a focus on great picture books, a kids toy / product reviewer with a focus on those that are helpful for kids with special needs & an app beta tester for educational and therapeutic app developers. She loves sharing info about great things to use with kids of all abilities.


12 Calming Apps

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Holidays can be stressful times for kids with Autism & other special needs. Here are a dozen calming apps that can help:

  •  Wellbeyond Meditation for Kids by Wellbeyond Inc.

https://appsto.re/us/-65Iab.i, free

Very nicely done! Great hand painted illustrations, short guided relaxations with pleasant voiceovers & gentle music. It 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. Definitely will be recommending this free app at OMazing Kids.

 

  • The Breathing Butterfly by Tip-Tok
  • Focus 1-2-3 by Oranda
  • Calm Kids with Mamaphant by James Golding
  • Smiling Mind by Smiling Mind
  • 1-Min Calm by For Jack and Jill, LLC
  • Super Stretch Yoga HD by The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC
  • Super Yoga Bedtime by Cheeky Yogi Ltd.
    https://appsto.re/us/SGcGdb.i, $2.99 (see full review https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/10/30/app-review-super-yoga-bedtime-by-cheeky-yogi/)
  • Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame by Sesame Street
  • fluidity HD by nebulus design
https://appsto.re/us/fUMZx.i, free (has IAP so be sure to disable the ability to download them in your iPad settings. Can also block out the area with Guided Access)
  • Zen Studio: finger painting to relax & focus by Les Trois Elles Interactive
https://appsto.re/us/2qNQ-.i, free (has IAP so be sure to disable the ability to download them in your iPad settings)
  • Wa Kingyo – Goldfish Pond by Masataka Hakozaki
  • Calm Talk by James Munro
https://appsto.re/us/deU1N.i, $1.99 (several built in features for visual supports & activities for self calming)
  • Chill Outz® by Mind-Out LLC
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{note: Prices were verified in the Apple App Store at the time of this post but can change at any time. I only included iOS apps since I don’t have any Android devices and have only included apps that I have and use}
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These can be incorporated with other strategies such as keeping some predictable routines, use of visual supports, being in tune with the child’s sensory needs & knowing when they need a break from the festivities.
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Looking for apps geared towards teens? See this post: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2015/12/29/12-calming-apps-for-teens/
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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – 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 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a kids book reviewer with a focus on great picture books, a kids toy / product reviewer with a focus on those that are helpful for kids with special needs & an app beta tester for educational and therapeutic app developers. She loves sharing info about great things to use with kids of all abilities.


{Review & Giveaway} Good Night Yoga: a pose-by-pose bedtime story by Mariam Gates

Good Night Yogs book giveaway . Check out this cool new #KidsYoga book: “Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story” by Mariam Gates and Sara Jane Hinder! What I love about this book:

  • Short rhyming text in a large easy to read font on each page. Additional smaller text provides kid-friendly instructions for the yoga pose and breathing on each 2-page spread.
  • Gorgeous vivid illustrations that are a feast for the eyes. Even the end sheets are illustrated… such a nice touch!
  • Well designed book with sturdy binding & luxurious thick paper pages that will stand up well to repeated use.
  • The book presents the 11 poses in a nice yoga flow and includes a 2-page spread of the entire yoga flow at the end of the book.
  • Includes a “Cloud Journey” guided relaxation visualization at the end of the book.
  • Many of the patients that I see a Speech-Language Pathologist have Autism, ADHD, anxiety & other diagnoses that interfere with restful sleep. Good Night Yoga will definitely be added to my list of recommended books for families looking for relaxation materials for their child.

. Product Details:  Kids love yoga—and it’s great for them, so much so that the President’s Council has added the practice to the fitness activities in the annual President’s Challenge. For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, innovative educator Mariam Gates presents Good Night Yoga, a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep. This beautifully illustrated, full-color book tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night, while teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by their favorite characters from nature. Moving from “Sun Breath” to “Cloud Gathering” to “Ladybug & Butterfly” and more, readers learn techniques for self soothing, relaxing the body and mind, focusing attention, and other skills that will support restful sleep and improve overall confidence and well-being. This bedtime story is so much more than a story. It’s a practice for kids and parents to end the day in a calming, mindful way. Turn the page and stretch like a tree, settle softly like a ladybug, float like a cloud, and you’ll be dreaming soon.

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True (April 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162203466X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622034666
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches

. Good Night Yoga, Read by Tami Simon, Founder of Sounds True: .  Available for purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Good-Night-Yoga-Pose-Pose/dp/162203466X Links to other purchasing options are on this page on the author’s website: http://kidpoweryoga.com/pages/GNY-book/index.html . Author’s website:  

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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. giveaway .

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the 3 winners: Casey Dutton, Nicolle Harrington & Robyn Scott.

Worldwide entries are 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 May 26, 2015.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Worldwide entries are allowed for this 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 winners will be chosen from valid entries on May 27, 2015.

3 winners will each receive one copy of this book.

  • The winner will be notified via e-mail, their name 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 prize will be mailed to the winner using the address submitted in the entry form. OMazing Kids is not responsible for items lost in the mail or for inaccuracies in the mailing address or phone number. I copy & paste the info directly from what you submit << so PLEASE proof read your entry for accuracy before submitting it…. in the era of iPhone auto correction these errors happen pretty frequently>>
  • The winner’s address & phone number will be forwarded to the company and they 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: $17.95

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids yoga book 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. 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. stars-divider 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 AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/ Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1 Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/ Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/#omazing-kids-yoga Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741 Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad 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.  crayons divider

{Giveaway} Calming Young Minds CD

Calming Young Minds CD giveaway

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Product Details: A unique compilation of relaxation, meditation, guided imagery, blissful music, creativity, and yoga for children.

Whether you are a parent, teacher, day care provider, child life specialist, yoga instructor, or psychotherapist, we have made it is easy to use these CDs. Listeners are guided step by step through each section, although it is recommended that you listen to these CDs in entirety before using with the children so you can familiarize yourself with the content, directives and the exercises. Some tracks are active, some are relaxing, some yoga exercises conclude with an artistic directive. The background music and vocals compliment the yoga sets, but you might have some additional background music available while the children are being creative. It is important that you have art supplies available. Markers and large paper (18 X 24) are sufficient but feel free to add oil pastels, scented markers or crayons. You might also have paper towels handy for clean up. Make sure there is sufficient space for the children to move around…… you might even have cushions or pillows for the children to sit on. And lastly, enjoy the playful nature of the CDs. Although it is geared for children and teens, adults may enjoy it just as much! ENJOY!

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Calming Minds CD tracks

 

Here’s what I love about the CD set:

  • relaxing background sounds & music.
  • lovely narration of kids yoga adventures. The narration is pretty detailed so these would be best used with kids elementary school age and up.
  • great combination of kids yoga, relaxation, imagination, guided imagery, creativity & art.
  • includes great positive messages of courage & mindfulness.

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Check out more resources on their website:

 http://www.calmingyoungminds.com/#!resources/c161y

Free printable yoga pose cards:

printable yoga pose cards

Page 1: http://media.wix.com/ugd/6d123e_31deac576178440f9657ba2d8b2246e5.pdf

Page 2: http://media.wix.com/ugd/6d123e_a3610d65deab49caa49c0879f07d7f66.pdf

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 And posts on their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CalmingYoungMinds

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Hear samples & purchase it:  

http://www.calmingyoungminds.com/#!the-cd/c10tw

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/calmingyoungminds

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/calming-young-minds/id923126577

http://www.amazon.com/Calming-Young-Minds-Sherri-Snyder-Roche/dp/B00NZH4Z2E

 

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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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Only USA entries are allowed for this giveaway. 

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner: Melanie Jacobs in North Carolina.

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 April 15, 2015.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Only USA entries are allowed for this 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 winners will be chosen from valid entries on April 16, 2015.

1 winner will receive one copy of the CD set.

  • The winner will be notified via e-mail, their name 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 prize will be mailed to the winner using the address submitted in the entry form. OMazing Kids is not responsible for items lost in the mail or for inaccuracies in the mailing address or phone number. I copy & paste the info directly from what you submit << so PLEASE proof read your entry for accuracy before submitting it…. in the era of iPhone auto correction these errors happen pretty frequently>>
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the company and they 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: $20.00

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids CD set 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.

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 – 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

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

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

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

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/#omazing-kids-yoga

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741

Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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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. 

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Review & Giveaway: In Stillness: Lullabies and Meditations for All Ages CD by Heidi Siegell

In Stillness CD Giveaway

Product Description:  Featuring a mix of jazz, blues, new age and folk, In Stillness: Lullabies and Meditations for All Ages takes us on a progressive journey to relaxation. Blending the calm of lullabies with creative guided imagery, Heidi Siegell fashions a world filled with vivid word pictures of the ocean, the wind, the stars, the seasons, deeply soothing the listener while conveying a reverence and respect for life, for the earth, for family.

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Here’s what I LOVE about this CD:

  • lovely calming vocals & music
  • the lyrics of each song convey a positive message
  • unique folksy/jazzy/blues feel
  • I love using very unique Kindie music in my work as a speech-language pathologist & kids yoga teacher. I have had many patients respond to the unique qualities of this type of music when they haven’t to any other. I’m thrilled to have this album added to my ever growing collection of Kindie faves. In case you are new to the term “Kindie”, it’s kids music made by independent artists. It’s totally unlike the mass marketed stuff you find in the kids CD section at large retailers 🙂

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Available for purchase in MP3 or CD format:
To hear longer song samples, click “Sample Tracks” on her website: http://www.tinyworld.org/instillness/index.html

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About the artist: 

Heidi has an underlying philosophy that there is always a way to connect peacefully, and that music and the arts are deeply effective mediums for nurturing emotional growth and empathic connection.

She lives in New York City with her husband, composer and producer Rolando Gori, and her daughter Océane, who has been the inspiration and muse for Tiny World.

More here: http://www.tinyworld.org/instillness/credits—bios.html

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FREE printable coloring sheets (8-page PDF): http://tinyworld.org/instillness/assets/in-stillness-coloring-book-v1.pdf

 

free printables for In Stillness

 

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Great tips on her website:

http://www.tinyworld.org/instillness/meditation-tips.html

http://www.tinyworld.org/instillness/sleep-tips.html

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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.

giveaway

Only USA entries allowed for this giveaway.

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to the winners: Piper Scott & Kym MacNeil 🙂

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 March 10, 2015.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • One entry per person.
  • Only USA entries are allowed for this particular giveaway (due to shipping costs).
  • 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 winners will be chosen from valid entries on March 11, 2015.

2 winners will each receive one copy of the CD.

  • The winner will be notified via e-mail, their name 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 prize will be mailed to the winner using the address submitted in the entry form. OMazing Kids is not responsible for items lost in the mail or for inaccuracies in the mailing address. I copy & paste the info directly from what you submit << so PLEASE proof read your entry for accuracy before submitting it…. in the era of iPhone auto correction these errors happen pretty frequently>>
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the company and they 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: $15.00

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids CD download 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.

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 – 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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

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

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

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/#omazing-kids-yoga

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741

Boardmaker Share: http://www.boardmakershare.com/Community/FriendsProfile/10916/Angela-Moorad

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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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. 

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