I'm very excited to announce the start-up of a yoga program for students with developmental delays and varying disorders and disabilities, that I will be installing in private pre-schools in Flushing and the Bronx.
I'll be working 3-days a week at the pre-schools, installing and carrying out all the protocols, record keeping and all things related to the program, in conjunction with the schools and their administration.
For years, I've worked as a Occupational Therapy practitioner, working with a wide ranging population of students of different ages, habilitating and rehabilitating, including adults and geriatrics.
This is a venture I'm excited about because its working with a segment of our population that is near and dear to me.
The students will be lead through groups in the classroom during assigned times, and will be provided, as needed, smaller groups and/or individual sessions per their needs. During the yoga groups, students will be given another setting for learning, while enhancing their focus and attention span, sensory processing abilities, motor planning, balance, coordination, muscular development and address behavioral needs. Bringing the practice of yoga to the school will give them another physical outlet to grow and develop, while giving them another social environment for them to hone their life-skills.
The yoga program also will help facilitate happier and healthier habits, train the students to manage their emotions, regulate their behavior and achieve academic success and personal development.
I can't wait to see the students practicing, combining elements of yoga, and incorporating them into their daily curriculum.
Wish me luck...
Peace & Love,
Extra, extra: April is Occupational Therapy month!
As a practitioner, I've worked in hospitals with babies and in adult-rehabilitation, pre-schools, nursing homes and psychiatric clinics. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a client reach their capacity and meet their goals - to function at their most independent and highest potential. The same feelings apply when teaching and practicing Yoga. Breaking through real or perceived barriers.
Want to know what OTs do and how we do it?
The 'American Occupational Therapy Association' states,
"As an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, you are part of a vitally important profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Your holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes help a child with disabilities participate in school and in social situations, assist a person recovering from injuries to regain skills, aid an older adult to stay as independent as possible, and offer the specialized support and services to people of all ages and in all circumstances that only occupational therapy can provide."
Occupational Therapy Month started in 1980 to correspond with AOTA's Annual Conference & Expo.
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