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Yoga Provides Relaxation Benefits to Children with Autism

Yoga as a complimentary treatment for autism is growing in popularity. A new book by South Florida yoga teacher Louise Goldberg provides techniques for teaching yoga poses to children with special needs. Titled “Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs”, published by W.W. Norton and company, this book offers ways to present poses and structure a class for children with autism and other special needs. The author has taught yoga to children with autism for the past three years in an elementary school setting, and has also taught workshops for Florida teachers. Among the techniques presented in the book, the author recommends starting and ending a yoga class the same way each time. Use dim lights, soft music, and a soft tone of voice, and show the children pictures to teach the poses. Teachers and parents at the elementary school where Goldberg teaches report observing the calming effect yoga has on the students who take her classes.

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