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Does Yoga Bring Peace of Mind in Treating Autism?

 Occupational Therapists Taps into Yoga To Treat Autism

Are there benefits to using autism to treat children with autism spectrum disorders?

Is there something special about yoga that children with autism respond too? There are those who are convinced and are working to help kids with special needs and autistic related disorders cope.

Jamie Patillo has 14 years of experience as an occupational therapist. At her studio, Little Lights Yoga, Patillo works with autistic children and kids with ADHD. Yoga is integrated with her treatment and she has seen promising results. She gives witness to stretching and deep breathing

autism therapy and yoga

Does yoga help calm the spirit of children with autistic syndrome disorders?

techniques providing benefits to the kids.

Kate Jacobson has an autistic son, Mikyle, and a yoga studio. The two of them work together to help kids with autism spectrum disorders as reported on Connect Savannah by Jessica Leigh Lebos.

“Yoga is a natural fit for special needs. It improves strength and coordination, it can improve attention and focus, it’s calming,” says Patillo. “Any kid who is exposed to yoga will get the techniques to cope with all that life throws at you.”
Consistency is key, she adds. While it can be a challenge to get them interested and keep them still, she’s had clients like Mikyle take big strides.

“At first, Mikyle and I could barely get through one pose a session. Now when I show up he already has the yoga mat rolled out.”

Coping skills are also taught as part of Jacobson’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes, which incorporate her psychotherapy skills and as well as her experience working with veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)as far back as the early ‘80s. (PTSD continues to plague thousands of vets; last week, Newsweek ran an article about the increasing number of suicides among soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.)

For more of story visit http://www.connectsavannah.com/news/article/106511/

Do you think the benefits of yoga on special needs kids and in treating autism are the same as they would be for anyone else? Or, is the process of doing yoga more adaptable to kids with autism and ADHD? Weightlifting is beneficial to just about everyone as well.

Does that mean we should put autistic kids on weight lifting regimes? Probably not. It could be dangerous for some. However yoga is more peaceful means of getting exercise more suitable for kids with autism?.

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