Benefits of yoga for children diagnosed with autism
Motor planning and control – organised movement and sequencing together with stimulating proprioceptive and vestibular system can greatly enhance coordination, task performance and motor skills.
Physical, mental and emotional health – yoga works holistically. Immune health, stamina and digestive health are improved. Happy hormones are produced and feelings of connection forged. Children are energised or calmed. If required, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are addressed and simple techniques taught.
Sensory integration – autistic and ADHD children are screaming for sensory input. Movement, smelling, touching, mouthing, those are the things that organise them. With meaningful movement in a structured class, body and mind synchronise and find it easier to make sense of the world around. The ways our children interpret incoming information which they often perceive as threatening or do not register at all improves.
Social Skills – group activities and making social interaction can often be a challenge. Yoga offers opportunities for turn taking and team work in a non judgmental fun environment.
Increasing interactive attention span – attention span is a prerequisite for academic learning and social interaction. Incorporating developmental play techniques and games into a yoga class can greatly expand child’s interaction span.
Redefining personal capabilities and strengths – celebrating neurodiversity in a safe environment while honouring limitations.