Help children to master emotional self-regulation and improve wellbeing with these activities. Based on traditional yoga breath and mindfulness exercises, each activity is adaptable for a range of abilities and they are also ideal for working with children with autism and other special needs.
The book explains how being conscious of the breath is the key to unlocking calm during busy moments, and shows how this can be taught in a child-friendly way. Including activities such as lion breathing, bubble breathing, and sensory yoga games, children will love to learn self-regulatory techniques they can carry with them for life. Suitable for one-on-one and group work with children aged 4+.
Country of Publication:
21 August 2018
Primary & secondary/elementary & high school
Introduction. 1. Special Little Yogis. 1.1. What is SEN? 1.2. The Modern Day Classroom. 1.3. Mindful Yogis. 1.4. Everything Starts with the Breath. 2. Shine from Within. 2.1. The S.T.A.R. Model. 2.2. Stop. Part I: Take a Breath. 3. Mindful Breathing. 3.1. Be conscious of the breath. 3.2. How to Initiate the Practice. 3.3. Breathe. 3.4. Sensory. 3.5. Animals. 3.6. Shapes. 3.7. Sound. 3.8. Visualisation. 3.9. Body Flow. Part II: And... 4. Self-regulate and Flow. 4.1. Why Teach Kids Self-Regulation. 4.2. Upstairs Downstairs Brain. 4.3. Grounding. 4.4. Sensory Yoga. 4.5. Emotional Intelligence. 4.6. LEGO (R)-Based Therapy. 4.7. Calm Down Jar. 4.8. Music Therapy. Part III: Relax. 5. Positive Strategies. 5.1. Creating a Safe Space for Relaxation. 5.2. Positive Strategies in Action. 5.3 'Flipping Your Lid' Hand Model. Part IV: Final Reflections. 6. Conclusion. 7. Resources. 7.1. Developmental Skills. 7.2. Reading Bubbles. 7.3. Guided Imagery Scripts. 7.4. Progressive Relaxation Scripts. 7.5. Yoga Story. 7.6. Calming Strategy Visual. 7.7. Faces of Emotion. References.
Nicola Harvey is an experienced and qualified Special Needs Educator, Therapist, and Children's Yoga Mindfulness Practitioner. She has written articles for SEN Magazine, Twinkl Education Publishing and Ambitious About Autism.
Reviews for Mindful Little Yogis: Self-Regulation Tools to Empower Kids with Special Needs to Breathe and Relax
An essential book to own if you would like to be guided through step-by-step some extremely practical and mindfully-structured lessons on your well-being journey, in a holistic way. You can trust that this book is going to guide you through your journey and that you will be able to spread the power of shining from within. -- Timea Viragh, SENCO Teacher and Yoga Teacher Mindful Little Yogis is an essential guide to your daily practice, whether you are a parent, an educator, or carer in the field of special needs. It is written in a user-friendly way, with a clear understanding of what the students need. The techniques make you want to experiment with mindfulness and yoga right away. -- Mikaela Shalders, Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration Specialist Mindful Little Yogis is an excellent, user-friendly book full of fun, practical ideas for children and young adults with special needs. As a movement therapist I particularly enjoyed the yoga postures and the Lazy Eight Breathing technique. The STAR model that divides each chapter is a very clever idea, reminding readers to be mindful throughout. A must-have book for anyone supporting individuals or groups. -- Cathy Underwood, Yoga and Inclusive Movement Therapist, SYT Yoga Alliance Professionals UK