Having successfully used yoga to combat the stress of their own busy lives, Dion and Stacey Betts discovered its potential for their son Joshua, who has Asperger syndrome.
This fully-illustrated book combines the authors' professional expertise with their experience of parenting, offering a range of gentle and fun yoga positions and breathing techniques that are effective in dealing with the increased levels of anxiety, disorientation and tactile sensitivity often found in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD's). The authors give step-by-step descriptions of warming-up, strengthening, calming, and tension-releasing exercises that are suitable for reducing coping mechanisms such as hand-flapping, and increasing muscle tone, muscle strength and body awareness. They also offer a range of short and long sequences that can be tailored to fit the needs of the individual child. Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is ideal for parents and caregivers who want to use simple yoga techniques to help children with ASD's overcome some of the symptoms of the disorder.
"Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is a well written and easy to follow guide for parents, caregivers, and even professionals. Providing simple and effective techniques, the book gives hope to families that children with autism spectrum disorders can lead lives feeling less stressed and happier. It provides information about autism spectrum disorders and the right combination of knowledge and sensitivity that makes this a must-have for all of us. The authors recognize that the true teachers are the children; this is what makes it a truly great book."--Thea Griffin, MSW. LMSW, Certified Professional Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Certified Kripalu DansKinetics Teacher, Albany, NY, USA
"As a psychologist, teacher and parent of a child with an autistic spectrum disorder I would predict that yoga, as presented by Dion and Stacey Betts in...Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, would benefit children and adolescents with autistic spectrum disorder in ways that researchers have shown that it benefits all persons, by aiding in stress reduction, reducing anxiety, increasing body awareness, strength, and flexibility and increasing self-regulation. Persons with ASD's may particularly benefit from yoga as described by Dion and Stacey in that heightened anxiety, poor motor coordination and strength and weak self-regulation are three areas in which most persons with autistic spectrum disorders struggle and for which there are few other solutions. Yoga poses and breathing techniques could prove to be very helpful interventions for increasing the quality of life for children and adolescents with ASD's."--Nancy J. Patrick, PhD, Assistant Professor, Messiah College, Harrisburg, PA
112 pages. 2006