Yoga is a popular and now common form of exercise for children with autism and special needs. Its helpful for teaching calming techniques, building muscle, and for increasing flexibility, balance, and more. Occupational Therapy helps students organizing sensory systems and increase body awareness.
This helpful DVD combines both practices! Your students will enjoy joining Yoga instructor Aras Baskauskas and OT Britt Collins, as they take kids just like them through a yoga routine. OT Britt points out helpful suggestions regarding a child's specific special needs. Please note: this DVD is for children who have the ability to stand, bend down and touch the ground, and can imitate and follow directions.
Running Time approximately 60 Minutes.
ABOUT ARAS AND BRITT: Aras Baskauskas, Yoga Instructor - While you may know Aras as the winner of Survivor: Exile Island, you may not know he is a dedicated yogi who instructs classes at Santa Monica Power Yoga. Aras is also part of The Cheshire Project, a non-profit organization that brings together the creative arts with disabled and special needs children.
Britt Collins, M.S. OTR/L - Since graduating from Colorado State University with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy, Britt has practiced in a variety of settings including Sensory Integration clinics, schools, homes, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities. She has mainly focused her career as an OT on Sensory Integration and how this affects children with various special needs. She is a member of The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and currently works with the Legacy Health System in Pediatric Development and Rehab in Portland, Oregon. Her DVD OT for Children with Autism, Special Needs and Typical won an Outstanding Product in 2008 award from I Parenting Media, a division of Disney.