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+.
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.
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.