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Occupational Therapy & Sensory Processing Yoga

As an Occupational Therapist I predominately work with children and young people who have sensory processing difficulties, which may be a symptom of their autism, ADHA, DCD, Dyspraxia, motor or postural stability difficulties. I have noticed over the years how Sensory Processing Yoga has a positive impact on their physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Sensory Processing Yoga

Sensory Processing Yoga

Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses and an individual may exhibit clumsiness, poor motor skills and behaviour difficulties as a result of their sensory systems becoming over responsive to sensory input or under responsive so they want to seek out more.

Sensory Processing Difficulties: Walking on bubble wrap

Mel Campbell, Occupational Therapist, Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner and Yoga Teacher explores mindfulness and Sensory Processing Difficulties: walking on bubble wrap.

This exercise can help children and young adults with poor grading of movement.

It supports them to gain an awareness of the amount of force they apply, and what adjustments to make, when using motor skills.

It’s a fun exercise too!


Child’s Pose Sensory Benefits

Well, winter is well and truly on its way now. The leaves are shredding their leaves and nature is getting ready for the big sleep. Our clocks’ have gone back an hour, the nights are getting darker and we ourselves may feel like hibernating. Our energy may feel more grounded and we may find ourselves being more reflective and wrapped up in our own thoughts, so we can retreat and gather our energy inwards in readiness for blossoming again in spring.

For children with sensory processing difficulties this shift in energy maybe difficult for them. The weather is colder, yet they may not have the sensory feedback or awareness of needing to wrap themselves up in extra layers or may be over sensitive to the feel of extra clothing on their skin, refusing to go out.

Child’s pose – Come to sit on your heels and curl back into a ball with your bottom resting on your heels and your head resting down towards the floor. If your head doesn’t reach the floor – that’s fine – make a bridge with your fists. Rest here for between 5-10 breaths. Notice your breath. Feel your breath coming in through your nose and out again. Can you feel your breath coming into the middle of your chest? Maybe you would like to imagine you are an animal maybe a hedgehog or a field mouse, retreating, hibernating, being quiet, still and contented.

child's pose sensory benefits

child’s pose sensory benefits

Sensory tips:

Proprioception/ Body awareness: Notice how it feels with your bottom resting on your heels and your head resting. Are your hands and fingers relaxed? Can you relax the expression on your face?

Vestibular: Having your head bowed down and curled in stimulates the vestibular sensory system and is calming for the arousal levels.

Tactile: The deep pressure of being huddled tight in this pose offers deep pressure which is calming for the nervous system

Mindfulness:

Gather a selection of autumn leaves and conkers – compare the textures of the crisp, rough leaves to the smoothness of the conker.
The heaviness of the conker compared to the lightness of the leaves.
The noise of the leaves rustling against each other compared to the hardness of the conkers knocking against each other
Notice the different colours, textures, smells.

child's pose sensory benefits


Yoga for Sensory Processing Disorders

Yoga for Sensory Processing Disorders is a wonderful way to help bring individuals’ back into their bodies and helps them learn to breathe, regulating their arousal levels and allows their central nervous systems to relax.

Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses and an individual may exhibit clumsiness, poor motor skills and behaviour difficulties as a result of their sensory systems becoming over responsive to sensory input or under responsive so they want to seek out more.

Yoga for Sensory Processing Disorders supports body awareness, movement and self-regulation through the mind, body and breath helping individuals with dyspraxia, postural instability and sensory modulation difficulties.

Mel Campbell is an occupational therapist and yoga teacher and an advanced sensory integration practitioner who has worked extensively with children and young people with Sensory Processing Difficulties. She has created a Sensory Processing Yoga DVD which features four easy to follow yoga classes; Alerting, Calming, Motor Planning and Postural Stability as well as various Breathing Exercises and a Guided Relaxation. The DVD is available to buy here.

If you would like to subscribe to more information about Sensory Processing Yoga click here.


Sensory Processing Yoga DVD

Sensory Processing Yoga DVD is specifically designed to support children with sensory processing difficulties who may exhibit behavioural, emotional and learning challenges as a result of their motor difficulties and poor self-regulation. It was developed by Mel Campbell an Occupational Therapist, advanced Sensory Integration practitioner and Yoga teacher.

The DVD features four easy to follow yoga classes; Alerting, Calming, Motor Planning and Postural Stability as well as various Breathing Exercises and a Guided Relaxation to support children and young people.

 

You can purchase a copy of the DVD here.

If you would like to subscribe to more information about Sensory Processing Yoga click here.

Sensory Processing Yoga DVD

Sensory Processing Yoga DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPYoga DVD

SPYoga DVD


Yoga for Autism, ADHD, DCD, Dyspraxia, Motor or Postural Stability Difficulties

It was over 5 years ago now that I first began my training to become a sensory integration practitioner to specialise in my field working with children and young people who have sensory processing difficulties as an Occupational Therapist.

As an Occupational Therapist I have always been thirsty to learn about neuroscience, and I distinctly remember the moment when I sensed my pathways as an OT and my passion for yoga converge.

I was working with a young person with a diagnosis of autism and known sensory processing difficulties. This young man had difficulties filtering, processing or organisation sensations from his body or and the environment, in order that he can respond through his, actions or behaviour in an appropriate and effective manner and would often show this through his behaviour; shouting, running and hitting out. He was highly anxious and showing signs of flight, fight and freeze. Having been on my sensory integration course, I realised that he was showing signs of sensory modulation difficulties, he was over loaded with sensory information and in a heightened sense of alertness.

Through my knowledge of sensory integration I knew he needed some deep pressure as a Yoga teacher my pull was through the breath. So we sat on a bean bag, this provided some deep pressure through the tactile and proprioceptive sensory systems and together practised some rhythmical breathing to help him become more regulated. Using his hand a visual aid we traced the fingers of one hand with the other, as he breathed in he traced his finger up his thumb as he breathed out he travelled down his thumb and went up and down the rest of his fingers. We repeated this with his other hand. Slowly his breathing became more regulated and he was calmer.

Yoga for Autism, ADHD, DCD, Dyspraxia, Motor or Postural Stability Difficulties

Have a go and let me know how this makes you feel!

Using his hand and fingers provided him with a visual guide to help him stayed focussed on his breath.

Yoga for Autism, ADHD, DCD, Dyspraxia, Motor or Postural Stability Difficulties.
Buy my Sensory Processing Yoga DVD here.

If you would like to subscribe to more information about Sensory Processing Yoga click here.

Sensory Processing Yoga DVD

Sensory Processing Yoga DVD

 

 

 

 


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