Yoga

Yoga has been proven to be beneficial for all children and particularity those with special needs. YogaÕs holistic approach helps children learn to connect with their bodies, minds and build self-esteem in a fun and expectation free setting.

 

Through regular yoga practice children can benefit in many areas such as:

 

  • Physical strength (specifically core strength)
  • Flexibility
  • Body awareness
  • Sensory input
  • Breath awareness
  • Self soothing/self calming strategies
  • Regulation of digestive system
  • Organization of central nervous system
  • Language development
  • Balance energy levels

 

A typical yoga session is comprised of physical postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation techniques and music therapy. The goal of every yoga session is to help students connect with their bodies while having fun and building a lifelong yoga practice.

 

Studies have shown Yoga to be an effective compliment to other therapies such as speech, occupational and physical therapy. The yoga instructor, Jennie Ehleringer, at Advanced Pediatric Therapies possesses a unique background which well suites her to provide specialized yoga therapy services. She has a Masters in special education and years and years of classroom experience. She is also a certificated yoga instructor who has attended multiple advanced trainings on how to use yoga as a therapy with the special needs population. Together these skill sets qualify her to customize and create individualized yoga programs focusing on teaching skills specific to that child's needs and bringing balance to students bodies and lives.

Upcoming Events

Preschool Play Group

Children aged 3-5. Class limited to 6.

When: Fridays 8:45-10 for 8 weeks beginning Sept 27, 2019

Instructor: Lara Levine, MOTR/L  For more info go to our Groups page.  Please be sure to register online!

Wired to Learn: Sensory based strategies to help kids grow.

Participants: For teachers, parents, caregivers and other child professionals.

When: October 12th, 9 to 3pm.  

Where: Radisson-Portland  

Cost: $150

Instructors:  Sharron Donnelly & Lara Levine

Sign up at: 360-885-4684

For more info click here.

Listening with the Whole Body

Participants: For therapists who have a background in sensory integration.

When: October 25-26th, 8 to 4:30pm.   

Instructors:  Sharron Donnelly, MS, OTR/L

For more info and registration form click here.

Shoulder to Shoulder Conference

A multi-disciplinary conference providing professional training and building stronger partnerships on behalf of children in the child welfare system. 

When: October 28, 2019 

For more information

click here.

Free Fall Sensory PDX Classes

The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Treating Sensory Processing Disorders

When: October 17, 2019 

Instructors:  Sharron Donnelly, MS, OTR/L

For more info and registration form click here.

 

Problem Solving Sensory Strategies for Home + School

When: November 21, 2019

For more info and registration click here.

 

Parent Support Groups

APT partners with Swindell's Resource Center to provide Sensory Seminars PDX once a month at Providence. For more info go to: oregon.providence.org/news-and-events  to view next event.  Please be sure to register online!

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