Thursday, February 10, 2011

Yoga for Autism: It's a Little Bit Tricky

A while back, one of my Facebook friends shared a link with me to an article about yoga as an autism therapy.  It was around that same time that I discovered that Audrey was doing yoga at school during some of her OT sessions.

All of the poses are named for various animals, and I gotta say, when she started busting 'em out at home and telling me what they were called, I thought it was cute as hell.

Here are pics of her striking her poses, and just in case it's not obvious (because it is totally not obvious) I've included a photo of the animal that the pose is named for.















I think that this type of thing is nothing but awesome for Audrey.  She needs helps with body awareness generally, and especially poses like the Stork which challenge balance and bilateral coordination, are huge for her.

Another thing that she learned from yoga, completely unrelated to anything physical, is the word "tricky".  As in some of the poses are "a little bit tricky".  Unfortunately, she has generalized it to anything that she finds the least bit frustrating, which are a great many things.  So if I pepper her with too many questions about her day when she gets home from school or try to wrest my computer back from her, I'm hearing a lot of this yelled my way..."IT'S A LITTLE BIT TRICKY MOM!"

30 comments:

  1. She is good because, in all fairness, yoga can be a bit tricky :D Jen

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  2. This is awesome. Audrey is a gorgeous yogini!! LB can flap like bird- does that count as yoga? Which animal poses with it's fingers in it's ears? She's got that move down for sure.
    We are nowhere near this kind of body awareness, balance, or coordination. Hopefully, she'll get some of this eventually from my side and NOT Greg's.

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  3. Cute! Adorable!

    You know what else is tricky? How they snapped that first photo of you launching yourself out of the icy arctic waters.

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  4. Bwahaha...Big Daddy threw down the glove, Lynn. Whatcha got?!

    It looks like your peanut is doing great with these. Big T would be nothing but a soup sandwhich. We still haven't mastered stairs the right way yet. Ih, ,and if he wasn't challenged enough, he LOVES to shake his head back and forth while he walks. He calls it his baby walk, then he usually hits his head on each wall of the hallway, falls, gets turned around and generally frustrates the shit out of me. Why would you do that stuff when you have trouble walking in general?! Don't make it harder for. Yourself, dude!

    Whew. Sorry for the thread jack! It IS all about me. :)

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  5. I think I mentioned to you before that Billy loves the Yoga for Kids videos, and I'm trying to find an appropriate class to take him to this summer, when I have him home with me all day, every day. There's one I have my eye on: It's actually a class for senior citizens and they have no experience with autistic kids, but there's no "Mommy and Me" requirement and it's right next to a bar.

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  6. This is really impressive and cute! way to go audrey

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  7. Cute photos!! My son who's 8 and had major motor skills issues joined a local gyms new 'Special Needs' class and has done so well he has now been moved into the mainstream class (beginners but hey!) He can now do so may things that were impossible for him before and is officially the most flexible member of the family - i.e. the only one of us who can touch their toes with straight legs!

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  8. Adorable and flexible!! Audrey seems pretty willing to "pose" for the camera and quite the little ham. Wonder where she got that trait?

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  9. Owen's been doing yoga in PT for a few years... and he's not as good at it as Audrey...

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  10. I never knew there was a yoga pose called Bumblebee Man. Hmmm. Learn somethin' new every day.

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  11. Oh how Cute! Our autism center is starting a stretching group. It looks like fun!

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  12. what an awesome yogini! Ben will sometimes do these poses, but not on purpose.

    Every time I see someone in Cobra pose, it makes my back hurt. And lament that i am out of vicodin. Tricky.

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  13. So cute. Way to go Audrey! I love her outfit too.

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  14. Yoga was good for BB. It's the only kind of exercise he's ever actually wanted to do. Maybe because there's a fair bit of sitting/lying down!

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  15. Sigh. I've been practicing yoga for 2 years and Audrey's form is WAY better than mine.

    I used to think yoga was crazy hippy shit, but I know people of every background who found benefits from it!

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  16. So thankful you've clarified the origin of some of the more awkward poses.
    Dan was doing yoga until the OT at his school left for greener pastures. His current primary teacher is a big Pac 10 loving dude so now Dan does stutter steps furthering his ability to avoid me. :)

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  17. Any blog that features Bumblebee man compared to their daughter is right for me!

    http://brianautismblog.blogspot.com

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  18. Jaylen loves yoga too! Audrey looks great. You are right, it is so good for them for many, many reasons. Especially calming the F*** down! At least for us anyway.

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  19. At least she's not saying "Well that's got to go!"

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  20. I think Joe Cool is by far my favorite. Awesome. You rock.

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  21. Are there really yoga poses named after Simpson characters? I wonder what the "Comic Book Guy" looks like...

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  22. Okay, you got me with the picture of the camel. Thanks for the laugh.

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  23. I heard ballet was good for the kiddo's with autism. I totally want to sit in on that lesson (And put my son in on it because of his leg problems....add to the fun)

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  24. Yoga is a little bit tricky, but Audrey makes it look so cute and easy! I love the idea of yoga for kids with autism, and as a possible inclusion activitiy. It is great for kinesthetic awareness, for sensory input, and for learning control over their bodies and a way to calm down/regulate.
    PT/OT tried to have me do some yoga and that ended with me laughing at them and reminding them we had better ways to spend our time...like that nagging little thing called walking. The one yoga move I have down is the fall on your ass, named after the donkey of course.

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  25. I can just hear her sweet little voice screaming that. So cute.

    Also, we have the same IKEA rug. Isn't it awesome?

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  26. It is wonderful you are giving this a try.

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  27. Too cute! My daughter learned some yoga moves in a social skills class she took once. They taught the kids as a way of dealing with stress and anger. My daughter loved doing the yoga!

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