One of the most recognizable characteristics in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder is the problems surrounding motor skills. Many children therefore move quite a bit "wooden", as a result of which they usually stand out in a group.
As long as nobody notices anything about it, children with Autism feel "free" to move in the way they feel comfortable and comfortable. At the moment that "pressure" is put on - because they have to perform as the rest does - children with autism often literally walk on their toes.
As a result, they are physically even more "awkward" and can often unnecessarily build tensions both physically and mentally.
By practicing Yoga, children with Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger or AD (H) D can benefit enormously from developing their motor skills and self-confidence. Personally I have experienced that practicing Yoga in a 1-on-1 situation has the most effect in children.
In practice, it appears that ...
- Because of the relaxed atmosphere, the child feels more at ease;
- The child can and can be himself;
- Because there are no stimuli from the environment, the child can more easily release the tension;
- The child is "free" to move, perfect execution of the Asanas (yoga postures) is no advantage;
- By means of Pranayama (breathing exercises), children learn to relax and concentrate better, so that they become less "overactive" or irritated;
- Building trust, awareness and flexibility.
It is preferable to perform the individual Yoga session in an environment that is familiar to the child and guarantees safety and security. Because a safe feeling is the best basis for teaching Yoga. Because children with Autism need clarity and structure, prior to the Yoga sessions clear agreements are made and the exercises are discussed. Here I use the game "Yoga pretzels". By using pictures, the child can decide for himself which exercises he / she wishes to do. In each Yoga session attention is paid to: breathing, play, balance and fun for two. The child-friendly terms and accompanying images make Yoga for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, that there is clarity and structure.