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.
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.
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.
Sensory Processing Yoga Foundation Course for people working with children with Sensory Processing Difficulties
At PACE in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire on the 21st November for teachers, parents and therapists working with children and young people with sensory processing difficulties. Cost £95.
Date: 21st November 2016, Time: 9:00 – 5:00
The PACE Centre, 156 Wendover Road, Aylesbury, Bucks. HP22 5TE
This one day course has been developed for therapists and professionals working with children with Sensory Processing Disorder.
Tutor: Mel Campbell; Occupational Therapist, Advanced Practitioner Sensory Integration, Yoga Teacher 500 RYT, Yoga Author
To gain a good understanding of the therapeutic practice of yoga to support children with Sensory Processing Difficulties (SPD).
This course combines theory and yoga practice for therapists and professionals working with children with SPD.
- Understand SPD and the effects on the nervous system
- Sensory integration and neuroplasticity and how yoga fits
- How poses, breath work, meditation, relaxation have an impact on the nervous system
- Develop tools to support Sensory Motor Disorders – Dyspraxia, Postural Motor Disorder
- Sensory Modulation – How to balance and support the nervous system with yoga
Participants will be required to engage in a focus group session at the end of the day to provide constructive feedback on the course content, delivery, etc.
Refreshments (but not lunch) are provided. Participants are advised to bring a packed lunch.
Cost: £95 (discounted from £125)
Please book early, as places are limited.
Call Annemie Boden on 01296 614 287 or email Annemie.Boden@thepacecentre.org