Benefits of Yoga for Children with Autism
March 22, 2018
March 22, 2018
If you have a child with autism spectrum disorder, he or she works hard every day to overcome life’s extra challenges. We know that caring for this kiddo is not a stress-free job for you either. So to give your bodies a little extra love and attention, Hopebridge offers free yoga classes for those with autism and other developmental delays, as well as their families.
As a complement to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Hopebridge’s other therapy options, this simple, structured program is designed to introduce children to yoga and teach them how to calm and de-stress themselves. By adding family members into the mix, they have the chance to partner in yoga poses and breathing exercises while learning effective de-escalation strategies to use at home. Parents also get a moment to focus on their own minds and bodies. 😉
We encourage everyone to give it a try to see if it’s right for your family. Still not convinced? Here are some of the benefits of yoga for children:
Hopebridge’s yoga classes are a safe space for families and take ASD into consideration when molding the session’s flow. The instructor, Oascha M. Cross, is not only certified in yoga, she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at Hopebridge who has dedicated years of experience to working with kids on the spectrum and varying abilities. Her passionate practice lets the children set the pace; including relaxation techniques, visuals, activities, repetition and modifications aimed at getting everyone comfortable and inspired.
To view and register for classes available in your area, visit Hopebridge’s events page.
Have you or your children tried yoga before? What was your experience like? Please share your stories and tips with us and other parents in the Hopebridge community on our Facebook page.
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