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Yoga for Children and Young People with Autism

Yoga for Children and Young People with Autism

Michael Chissick | Sarah Peacock



Speaking from decades of experience, Michael Chissick shares the secrets to teaching yoga to children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The physical, emotional and social benefits of yoga for autistic children can be profound, and this book will give you the confidence to get going with an array of fun activities and games from 'chasing the frog' to 'yoga detective'. Whether you work in special needs school, primary mainstream school or the community, or you are the parent of an autistic child, this book will equip you with plans, structures, goals, teaching tips and a multitude of real-life stories.

The book is suitable for teaching everyone on the spectrum, with an emphasis on teaching those with more complicated needs. It is also relevant for use with children who have related needs such as ADHD and sensory processing challenges. Beautifully illustrated with images of the postures taught within, it is the perfect go-to resource for anyone interested in engaging children and young people in yoga.

I can be a banana, can you?

Suitable for ages 4-11

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Yoga for children & young people with autism 5
Contents 9
Introduction 11
Who is this book for? 12
Who this book is not for 12
A book of two educational settings 13
Differentiation across the autism spectrum 13
Teaching children with autism in a special school 15
My overall aims 16
Structure 22
Consistency 28
Aims, objectives and learning outcomes 29
Lesson plans 32
The Games 37
Opening and Main Activity Stage 39
Calming Stage 61
Relaxation Stage 63
Sequences 73
Sequence Games 83
The Postures 91
Teaching Yoga to Children with ASD in Mainstream Primary 113
Case Studies 116
Resources 124
Easy Ways to Choose Games and Postures 133
Games list 133
Games by ability group 133
Postures 134
Games by Lesson Stage 135
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