Yoga Helps Communication With Autistic Children
By Denise Reynolds RD for eMaxHealth.com
Yoga therapy can help autistic children mainly with creating a bond between the teacher and the student, developing a foundation of mutual trust and friendship. A combination of poses, breathing and deep relaxation can help promote social interaction, provide sensory integration, increase overall health, and aid the development of body awareness and concentration.
Research suggests that autistic children are often withdrawn and relate better to objects instead of people. Many yoga poses simulate objects and animals, such as Mountain, Tree, or Down Dog, that the children may find engaging. A program in Seattle called “Integrated Movement Therapy,” which combines touch and movement with verbal exercises, has been shown to help autistic children improve communication, sociability, and problem solving.
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