Special Needs

Meditation

Children with special needs, including those with autism spectrum disorders, sometimes feel excessive stress from day to day activities that can affect their ability to cope. Meditation can help children address their anxieties making each day more manageable and less stressful. Designed specifically for those with special needs, this class incorporates various calming techniques, including breath work, guided meditation, gentle yoga stretches, walking and dance meditation. Over time, each student will begin to tune in to what helps them to calm their bodies and their minds during times of stress. Class space is limited, open to all levels.

Reiki

Reiki is a safe and effective healing treatment for children, teens, adults, the elderly and those with special needs. We provide private Reiki treatments for ages six through adulthood.

Private one hour sessions for children, teens and those with special needs are generally a combination of yoga, meditation, breath work, self-healing techniques and Reiki which all help to calm, relax and heal the whole individual. The Reiki portion generally last 30 minutes. We end the session with open discussion on how and when to use the meditation tools during times of stress. Depending on the age of the child, parents may be present in the room during a Reiki session.

Some benefits to treating children and teens with Reiki are:

  • Improve concentration
  • Enhance relaxation and sleep
  • Reiki is calming and balancing
  • Encourage self-awareness and enhances self-esteem
  • Reiki can help with emotional and physical issues (but does not replace consulting your doctor).

Adaptive Tae Kwon-Do

This program caters to those with special needs, including those on the Autism spectrum. In this class your child will learn basic Tae Kwon-Do moves while building strength and endurance. The rules of Martial Arts: respect, responsibility and self-control will be emphasized.

We will begin the class with a warm up, learn how to form the tools needed for correct punches, kicks and chops, practice the moves we learn, and end the class with a fun game designed to increase focus and listening skills.

The needs of the students will be taken into consideration and programming will be adjusted accordingly. Visuals are used as needed.

Tae Kwon-Do benefits

  • Improve focus and concentration
  • Build strength and endurance
  • Increase self confidence
  • Increase self-control
  • Learn new skills
  • Reduce stress through activity