Youth & Adults with Special Needs
Did you know that about 1 in 5 Americans live with a developmental disability, with more than half reporting their disabilities to be severe?
Special Needs is defined as particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioral difficulties. The number of children and youth receiving special education services was about 13% of all public school students, in the 2012–13 school year. Around 35% of students receiving special education services had specific learning disabilities. Yoga programs can offer children an opportunity to play and learn in an environment that embraces their uniqueness and supports their strengths.
According to Louise Goldberg, author of “Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs," the focus on mental calmness, opens a world of opportunities for the child with physical or developmental disabilities. The idea behind the practice is to help the child realize a strength he had not previously known. Yoga therapy is not dependent on language skills or cognitive abilities. It is a therapy that meets children wherever they are.”
Autism Family Services of NJ, Monmouth County, NJ Franklin Lakes Recreational Center, Bergen County, NJ
New Beginnings Annex, West Milford, NJ Ridge Ranch, Bergen County, NJ Special Olympics, Princeton, NJ
West Bergen Mental Health Center (SOAR), Bergen County, NJ Care Plus, Paramus, NJ
"Being retired, the work I do outside Kula is mostly working on my own dharma. Teaching yoga to the people at Care Plus helps to keep me focused on my work. The people I teach have all had such difficulties in their lives, while I have had a relatively comfortable existence in comparison. I am constantly made aware how little excuse I have for not following the path of the yamas and niyamas.
My students struggle so much with issues that I have never had to face, and I am strengthened in my resolve by seeing their strength. And with limited shared experience, writing dharma talks for my students keeps me in touch with the basic essence of the yamas that speaks to everyone, regardless of circumstance."
-Eileen Clancy, Volunteer Yoga Instructor