Thinking Outside the Books: Yoga & Pediatric Therapy Intervention

May 17, 2013 9:00am - 4:30pm

This course replaces the canceled course “Switch Assessment, Electronic Aids to Daily Living and Mounting for OTs and PTs.”  Please look for this course to be rescheduled in Austin in the future.

Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS will present.

6 Contact Hours

Target Audience:  OT, PT, SLP (and assistants)

Level: Beginner-Intermediate


Course Description:

Children with disabilities tend to be more restricted in their participation in all daily activities, with decreased engagement in recreational and social activities as well.   Participation tends to further decrease as they grow up, often leading to social isolation.  Yoga offers a non-competitive multisensory, holistic way for children with disabilities and families to engage in activities to support health and wellness, as well as to address specific goals and desired therapeutic outcomes.  The yoga related movements and poses can provide a foundation upon which to layer a variety of interventions depending on therapeutic discipline and targeted goals: speech and language development; attention; social skill development; engagement with related toys/materials/activities involving strength, coordination, balance, sensory exploration and activities of daily living such as dressing.

This didactic and experiential training will describe the benefits of yoga for children with special needs and their families, and will offer a variety of practical strategies for incorporating the movements/postures, breath work, voice/chanting activities, and relaxation exercises that are part of a yoga practice into the therapeutic process for Physical, Occupational and Speech Language pediatric therapies.  Participants will also learn how to produce reimbursable documentation when yoga related techniques are utilized as part of a comprehensive intervention plan.  Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can move. 


About our Presenter, Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS:

Jennifer studied Psychology and Spanish as an undergraduate at Indiana University and received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1996 from the University of Indianapolis.  She has been working in pediatrics since 2000 and is currently the Occupational Therapy Staff Development Coordinator at THERAPY 2000, based in Dallas, Texas, a growing pediatric home health therapy company.  Jennifer is responsible for OT programming and in-house OT continuing education for all regions, she works with children and families, mentors other therapists, coordinates the OT student program, and her main area of expertise is in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families.  Jennifer is also a registered yoga teacher and studio owner in the Dallas area.


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