Evidenced-Based Pediatric Yoga Tools for Children with Developmental Disorders

About the Course:
The purpose of this course is to educate the practitioner in evidence-based practices utilizing and adapting the principles and practice of Yoga for the treatment of the child with attention, sensory and developmental disorders. The majority of available studies with children and adolescents suggest benefits to using yoga as a therapeutic intervention and show very few adverse effects.The course will include assessment and treatment strategies to impact functional goals related to breathing, strength, balance, bilateral integration, visual motor skills and motor planning. Use of yoga with children with hypotonia, ataxia, hypertonia, chronic/ progressive disorders, autism, and sensory processing disorders will be addressed. Course participants will leave with the knowledge of how to choose the most effective yoga techniques to meet the child’s therapy goals and how to integrate them within their specific discipline as an educator or health care practitioner.

Course Objectives:
1. Recognize basic Yoga principles and mindfulness techniques
2. Identify how to integrate them with western medicine to provide therapeutic yoga for the child with special needs.
3. Select basic Yoga principles and mindfulness techniques
4. Identify to integrate them with western medicine to provide therapeutic yoga for the child with special needs.
5. Identify the practices of breathing (pranayama) techniques to match the specific needs of the child

About the Author:
Chrys Kub, PT, c-NDT, is an integrative physical therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is also a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Chrys has developed and taught courses in evidenced based treatment techniques for children with neurodevelopmental disorders as well as courses in therapeutic yoga applications for children and adults throughout the US and online. She has extensive experience in multiple settings including outpatient neurological rehabilitation, the school, Private Practice, Outpatient Sensory Integration Clinic, NeoNatal Home Health, and Early Intervention. Through her work in physical therapy, she has utilized treatment techniques such as myofascial release, joint mobilization, kinesiotaping, and therapeutic yoga integrated with traditional modalities. Chrys has presented her work at the Symposium for Yoga Therapy and Research and the American Academy of Pediatric Therapy. She established FitYogaTherapy, an organization dedicated to the education of practitioners in yoga therapy and physical therapy. Chrys is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and CEU provider. For additional information, visit www.fityogatherapy.com.