SPECIAL NEEDS

Creating Calm helps adults, teens, and children to reduce stress and anxiety, creating better health and healing to those of all ages who are searching for a more balanced, fulfilling life.

  • Participating in meditation classes reduces stress and helps to create calm and focus. This class is specially designed for children. Guided meditation, yoga stretches, moving meditation and various calming techniques will be introduced, providing students with tools for use in school and at home. Best of all, its fun and your children will love it! This class is appropriate for ages 7-12 with ADHD/ADD and/or anxiety. Parents are asked to stay on site during the class, but do not participate.

    Class meets at 55 Church Street, Concord, MA
    Time: 4:30-5:15 pm
    Dates: January 12-March 2
    Cost: $192.00

    Meditation: Calm Bodies Calm Minds

    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.

    Offered at:

    Concord Park and Recreation Department. For more information, contact Marci at marci.creatingcalm@gmail.com or Anna McKeown amckeown@concordma.gov.

    Aspirations Sudbury Aspirations Sudbury  for more information contact Marci at marci.creatingcalm@gmail.com or aspirationssudbury@gmail.com

    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

     Offered at:

    Classes are held at the Concord Park and Recreation Department. For more information contact Marci at marci.creatingcalm@gmail.com or Anna McKeown amckeown@concordma.gov.

    Classes are held Aspirations Sudbury Aspirations Sudbury. For more information, contact Marci at marci.creatingcalm@gmail.com or aspirationssudbury@gmail.com

    Private Reiki and meditation sessions

    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).

    Contact Marci to set up a private session.

Tae Kwon Do • Concord, MA
Adaptive Tae Kwon-Do- Concord Park and Recreation

Winter Session
Days: Friday
Time: 5:20-6:05 pm
Dates: 1/12-3/2
Cost: $192
To register: http://www.concordrec.com/504/Adaptive-Recreation

Spring Session
Days: Fridays
Time: 5:20-6:05 pm
Dates: 4/6-6/1*
Cost: $198
*No Class 4/20
To register: http://www.concordrec.com/504/Adaptive-Recreation

Aspirations Sudbury

Calm Bodies Calm Minds
Find your Zen with our Calm Bodies Calm Minds class which is designed to help you relax through gentle movements, exercise and meditations.

Days: Saturday
Time: 9:30-10:15
Ages: 4 and up
Dates: February 3, 10, 24 / March 3, 10, 17
Cost: $96 Sudbury resident/$108 non-resident
Location: Noyes School

Beginning Tae Kwon Do
Beginning level class introduces kids to the basics of Tae Kwon Do.

Days: Saturday
Time: 10:15-11:00
Ages: 6 and up
Dates: Feb 3, 10,24; Mar 3, 10, 17
Cost: $96 Sudbury resident / $108 Non-resident
Location: Noyes School
Registration:
Contact aspirationssudbury@gmail.com
978-639-3222

“I have a 10 year old son with autism and he started attending Marci’s class about a year ago. At the beginning, I didn’t think he would be able to sit still long enough to pay attention and follow the meditation steps. Her kindness and patience really connected with him and now he can’t wait to get there each week. Given his limited language skills, she provided a picture schedule with visuals so that he can understand the poses and routine. We now see him carry over some of the techniques in school which really helps when the day gets challenging. His teachers have even built some yoga time into his day which helps him to slow down and stay focused. I would definitely have a child with or without special needs give Marci’s class a try.” – S.L. Sudbury, MA