When I first started taking note of my daughter’s sensory issues, I recognized the usual sensitivities that are related to the five main senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. But once I started doing more research on the topic, I discovered there’s many more senses than just those five and they can be greatly affected in a child with Sensory Processing Disorder.
-need tight hugs to calm down, or the opposite and avoid hugs and closeness
-seek out movement activities like jumping and climbing
-appear clumsy and accident prone – stubbing toes, bumping into walls and doors, tripping over feet
-enjoys rough housing and wrestling play
-tends to spill or breaks things frequently (my daughter is a Taurus and a true definition of a bull in a China shop!)
-poor postural control (falls from chairs frequently)
-poor eye / hand or eye / foot coordination
-may feel insecure in movement (may dislike coming down stairs)
-seeks out intense movement like running, swinging, spinning (doesn’t get dizzy easily)
-often suffers from motion sickness, doesn’t enjoy spinning or quick movements or being held up in the air or upside down.
So take a few minutes out of your day and work on some exercises that will improve your child’s proprioception and balance. You can do all six poses in 10 minutes or do them throughout the day on their own. Add in some breathing techniques and stretching and you’ll have a well rounded yoga routine for little ones.
Yoga Pretzels Cards
Practice bending, twisting, breathing, relaxing and more with Yoga Pretzels, a vibrant and colorful set of illustrated cards that provide a healthy dose of fun and education while teaching all the basics of yoga to help your head and heart.
Good Night Yoga
For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, innovative educator Mariam Gates presents Good Night Yoga, a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep.
Yoga Kids Ages 3-6 (DVD)
Marsha Wenig presents this volume of yoga exercises designed to teach the basics of yoga to young children, with a series of games that will heighten awareness and inspire movement.
Yoga For Children Over 200+ Yoga poses.
Yoga for Children will encourage your child to learn about yoga with an attentive, at-home instructor--you! Even if you are new to the practice, author, mom, and children's yoga expert Lisa Flynn will guide you and your child through more than 200 yoga poses, meditations, and activities that are suitable for children between the ages of two and twelve. Complete with full-color photographs, instructional scripts, and pose modifications, Yoga for Children will help build your child's confidence, self-awareness, and focus while strengthening your connection--one yoga session at a time.