Yoga & Inclusive Movement Therapy for Autism, ADHD and learning disabilities

Course dates: 15/16 Sept 2018
Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Venue: Centre for Health and Human Performance, 76 Harley Street, London W1G 7HH

Only 15 places available!
Investment: £250
Fantastic early bird price £225 if paid before 25 July 2018

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Lead course presenters:

– Cathy Underwood, Yoga & movement therapist, SYT Yoga Alliance Professionals UK
– Timea Viragh, SEN-CO teacher,  former senior ABA tutor and yoga teacher
– Mikaela Shalders, Paediatric Occupational Therapist and sensory integration specialist

Cathy Underwood

Cathy specialises in yoga and movement therapy for children and adults living with Autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions. She is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer with the Yoga Alliance Professionals UK, providing person centred modules and consultancy for anyone supporting individuals and groups. Her clients include The Priory Hospital, TreeHouse School for complex Autism and DRS private care homes.  She is also the founder of the award winning business Yoga4mums providing classes and enrichment workshops and a Female Founder Ambassador, in conjunction with Enterprise Enfield and JPMorgan, supporting women in business.

Timea Viragh

Timea is a SEN-CO teacher and yoga teacher with over 12 years experience working with children, nationally and internationally.  Originally from Hungary, Timea came to London to work as a senior Applied Behaviour Analysis tutor at the prestigious TreeHouse School for complex Autism.  Today, Timea specialises in supporting individuals with various learning difficulties, creating person centred, inclusive lesson plans. Liasing with the parents, teachers and carers in delivering effective learning, is the core of her work.

Mikaela Shalders

Mikaela has a Masters in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor in Health Studies from Latrobe University Bendigo, Australia. She has a wealth of experience working with children with Autism, ADHD, sensory processing issues, global developmental delay and learning disabilities. Mikaela specialises in sensory processing issues, rebound therapy and early intervention diagnostics, recognising the importance of realistic intervention for all involved.

Course outline and syllabus

This course offers a concise introduction to the benefits of therapeutic movement as a positive sensory integration, encouraging a mindful approach to self-management and neurological development.

Our teacher-training course has met the stringent requirements set by The Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.  Graduates are trained to the highest standard and are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Learning objectives:

  • Develop a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and global development delays
  • Learn simple breathing techniques, yoga postures and relaxation exercises to enhance self awareness, mood and behaviour
  • Explore the benefits of a non – competitive approach to physicality to enhance engagement and participation
  • Understand the relationship between parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system to the sensory system
  • Defining sensory processing and the 8 senses
  • Explore the freedom of movement to music to encourage spatial awareness, co-ordination and self expression
  • Build a simple and effective movement therapy session
  • Learn deep touch pressure techniques and support physical concerns – hyper mobility, Cerebral Palsy, spinal fusions
  • Strategies to encourage self-confidence, classroom learning and social integration
  • Learn how to manage behaviours that challenge and understand the importance of supporting the carer

Modules:

Day one:

  • Develop a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and global development delays
  • Learn simple breathing techniques, yoga postures and relaxation exercises to enhance self awareness, mood and behaviour
  • Explore the benefits of a non – competitive approach to physicality to enhance engagement and participation
  • Understand the relationship between parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system to the sensory system
  • Defining sensory processing and the 8 senses

You will learn simple breathing techniques, yoga postures and effective self-regulation tools to help manage anxiety. We will explore sensory integration, yoga based movement and mindfulness tools to calm and organise mental states whilst increasing the ability to release tension and relax.

We will also offer support for situations that may arise when delivering a session. For example: How best to support your student with behaviours that challenge? What to do during an escalation?  How to encourage your student to participate and stay focused.

Day two:

  • Explore the freedom of movement to music to encourage spatial awareness, co-ordination and self expression
  • Build a simple and effective movement therapy session
  • Learn deep touch pressure techniques and support physical concerns – hyper mobility, Cerebral Palsy, spinal fusions
  • Strategies to encourage self-confidence, classroom learning and social integration
  • Learn how to manage behaviours that challenge and understand the importance of supporting the carer

Day two we’ll take a look at delivering movement and dance to music, developing a session that can enhance learning and social integration. Here we’ll explore building a programme to support your individual’s specific needs, how to plan a lesson, encouraging participation, PECS, reinforcements, scheduling and consistency of sessions.

We will also offer support for situations that may arise when delivering a session. For example: How best to support your student with behaviours that challenge? What to do during an escalation?  How to encourage your student to participate and stay focused.

The course will conclude with various restorative techniques that support the wellbeing of the carer.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to all, no previous knowledge of yoga or dance required: Parents, carers, SEN-CO school teachers, ABA tutors, OT therapists, paediatric professionals, service providers, yoga, Pilates, fitness professionals and anyone looking for simple strategies to support individuals with Autism, learning disabilities and mental health

What is included in the price?

  • Take away notes included plus access to additional online downloadable PDF copies
  • Certificate of attendance available for participants and can be used as evidence of educational updates

What isn’t included?

  • Travel costs, parking, accommodation or lunch

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