Yoga for the Special Child®
Yoga for the Special Child® is a unique therapeutic yoga method that has changed the lives of countless children with special needs around the world. The programme was pioneered by Sonia Sumar who herself had a daughter with special needs. Sonia designed this method in order to help and enhance the natural development of her own daughter and consequently help other children with special needs. Sumar has been teaching this method for over 40 years and her work has received worldwide recognition and is celebrated as the best yoga therapy method for children with special needs.
The practice is gentle, therapeutic and yet very effective and powerful. It is safe for babies and children with Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Autism and many other conditions and developmental challenges. It is also recognised as an effective treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities and global developmental delays.
The method consists of an integrated series of balanced yoga poses to increase body awareness and strength. Specialised breathing exercises, eye exercises and relaxation techniques improve focus and concentration. Vocal work improves speech, strengthens lungs and deeply oxygenates the whole entire body. Yoga for the Special Child is also a fantastic early intervention program that can assure the healthy formative development of infants and toddlers.
The benefits of regular yoga practice specifically for children with special needs are countless:
Improved behaviour, emotional balance and ability to transition from one activity to another
Better internal organ function
Improved breathing in daily activities thus better body function
Improved motor and muscular functions and self-regulation
Relaxed nervous system, leading to lower anxiety levels
Improvement in focus, coordination and communication skills
Better blood circulation and brain oxygenation, thus better cognition
Improved level of physical awareness