Yoga is an exercise that incorporates balance, breathing, and coordination into smooth movements or poses that “flow”. Teaching yoga to children with special needs is tricky.
But there are definitely some amazing tricks to get the job done.
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As an elementary school based OT, I often push into work with whole special education classes. While every child is unique, the majority of the children need help with strength, fine motor skills, motor planning, coordination, and balance. Almost all of them struggle with following directions and staying focused. Sound familiar?
That’s why Yoga is my go-to activity for kids with special needs. It works on everything for everyone.
Research shows that teaching yoga to children can help improve behavior, attention, focus, and social skills. Physically, it can increase a child’s strength, coordination, bilateral integration, and even fine motor skills. Yoga has TONS of therapeutic benefits for kids. To learn more about WHY to teach yoga to kids, check out this post I wrote for MamaOT, called “The Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Children”.