Teaching Yoga to Children with Autism

We are here to show you exercise! So everyone please take your seats enjoy the show and we will be here on screen for ever and ever. So you heard it first from Mr. Roan – wait wait can I please tell everyone what we’re doing? No I will do it! I will do it! Can you tell them can you tell
what we’re gonna do first? Ok I will do it. Okay go ahead. First everyone, we are going I’m going to read our exercise board, then then yoga breathing, then dumbbells and then we will be all done! Can I tell them something? What, no I will tell them something. But I want to tell them something No I will do it! Okay. Alright Roan just what we’ve talked about is his I want to talk I want to do it! Will you tell them? Okay I am going to read the whole list and I read the whole list and today, and this helps you exercise every day. Very good Go ahead, tell them. Alright yoga is exercise Today I will do yoga. Yoga is a form of exercise where I could try to make my body look like different animals or shapes. I begin yoga with a combination of my muscles and my mind. I may try to look like a cat, dog or tree or bridge Listen to my teacher. I may do yoga with a partner. Yoga can be fun. And I can learn about my animals too and one more thing, don’t forget to drink water. Thank you! for telling everyone that! Can we show them how we do your yoga breathing? Okay. Alright. So he’s following a visual schedule That we talked about. We are doing calm body We are doing calm body. To help calm the body and the mind. To help calm the body and the mind. To prepare To prepare. Roan. Roan. Or other children and adults. Or other children or adults like Mommy and the principle. Yes For exercise. For exercise. Exactly Alright so after we do the calm body After we do the calm body. We get up and we do the Candle breathing. For? For 15 seconds. So let’s do the candle. No the combine breathing first? Okay ready? Can somebody set the timer? Here we go, ready? and I just work on Roan. He’s raising his tummy up and down, breathing in through his nose, out through his mouth, he’s doing perfect so strong, really focused. But when we started it wasn’t this way he was a little bit jumpy, right? Yes. But that’s okay, because we have fun when we exercise don’t we? Yeah Nice job! Alright, let’s show them the candle. Yeah? Ready? Everybody we will show you this candle. Come on, up on our knees Good. Alright and how many are we doing? We’re doing 15. Very good. Ready? So what we’re doing is we’re really preparing him to now stand up and do some bigger gross motor movements and this is something that you can do with your kids your students, your adults, again to start them low to start them low on the ground and then prepare them to stand and get their bodies ready to move. Very good. Alright so we did 15 and he’s following his schedule perfectly which again may not always happen but at least this is that visual guide, to give your students, or your children just a better guide to what you’re asking them to do so some type of visual support is necessary. Good. Now let’s show them the next exercise we can do. Frog breathing Ready? Can somebody set the time? Yep. Go ahead, put your feet down, good. Now Roan sometimes we put footprints here for ’em, but he knows what Okay so we know what the footprints for us know that we can clap for today and I would like, first on the schedule Let’s finish our claps, let’s finish our schedule. So we have to do our claps and know how to do this and you can do this with your child or your teachers or your parents to do it. Yes and let’s do our claps, ready? Let’s cross Nice job! Alright. Next is the Spike breathing. Who’s spike? Tell everyone who Spike is. So everybody my dog is Spike, that’s right Mommy and so so if you have a dog named Spike, you can do this Spike breathing with your dog and apparently you could do this one with your child or with your yoga teacher like yeah. Alright. So who has a dog named Spike? You do Yes! So let’s do it, let’s show everyone your Spike breathing. So we’re going to show you all about your Spike breathing, because today we know…Now you guys will find this hard to believe but when I first worked with Mr. Roan, he really didn’t talk too much, but now he is excellent and this is one of the first things we started with was yoga because at his age – oh no I’m saying too much! I know I know. Alright I’m not talking. So if you did this one with your yoga teacher. You can actually do it Keep that butt up! You could make any Muscular fitness For your dog! It’s not perfect and it’s fine if it doesn’t look exactly like you demonstrate or you show on the card or that the picture on the card, as long as they’re
moving that’s what we want to do we want to get our kids moving. No no no! So we got to get our kids moving into our dog pose, or our frog pose I like it…Nice job! Alright. Hey that’s the marks left from footprints. Yes they are Alright so look, we did our calm body, we did our candle, we did the frog we did the Spike and what’s next? The tree one so alright so So if you have a tree in your yard you can efficiently do it but today you know how to do it so you could have have your tree every day, if you have a cat in your house or a frog, a pet frog in your house you can calm body with them. Roan what leg are you balancing on? This leg so now we have to switch legs What leg is this? This is your right leg. This is your? Right leg. This is your? Left leg. Very good. So if you want to do this for 15 seconds if you can but I know all of you are so strong so super strong that can keep your muscles, so you could keep your muscles all day to do it and now you can have a flag, so where’s the flag, somebody know where the flag is? Oh! Hey. Is there a flag here? Hey, nice job! So if you have a flag you can say the pledge of allegiance at your school, now you can’t do it if you can. Hey That was excellent job, can we clap please? Nice job, now next I want to say so we did we read our exercise story and we did our yoga breathing. So now we have to do body parts Nice job but let’s clap and say, let’s tell everyone we’ll see them at the next Roan segment. Yeah we’ll see you at the next Roan segment so…say we’ll be right back we’ll be right back! Alright! So We did it!

14 Replies to “Teaching Yoga to Children with Autism”

  1. Thank you for posting this video! I am homeschooling my 2 youngest (and differently abled) children and I have been looking for a good form of activity for them to get extra energy out and also to learn ways to calm themselves. I can't wait to walk them through this video tomorrow morning!

  2. This is excellent. Great children's coach and reference for me gathering info to teach yoga to preschoolers for the first time. Thank you!

  3. Fantastic. I see that this child has benefited greatly from visual schedule. Thumps up! I would like to see a child whose understanding is not as advanced as this child's but was able to be prompted through these sensory drills.

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