For young kids, speech therapy can provide helpful sessions for learning how to communicate verbally and clearly. But, there are multiple challenges to teaching children to speak. For example, children learn best through creative, playful ways, not just through academic modes of participation (such as repetition and study). So how can these modes of learning be incorporated in speech therapy sessions?
Tanya Hefets, a speech-language pathologist, advocates yoga as part of a therapy or enrichment service because of the healthy benefits it gives to children learning how to speak. She recommends the use of ABC Yoga flashcards, which integrate learning with yoga positions.
Incorporating yoga serves children by helping them relax, concentrate, and stimulate interest during a session.
It promotes a healthy body and a healthy mind, building strength everywhere, providing calm, reducing stress, and providing added fun.
Therapists can find great use in these cards because they are made to match with specific treatment goals and various conditions the children might have, such as sensory issues, attention deficit disorder, language delay and more. The poses are child-friendly, and can give children a way to learn that best matches their skills and strengths.
Yoga and these cards are also useful for parents, who can facilitate learning and comfort at home. Families can do the exercises together, which help reinforce the sequences and the materials learned in therapy. The cards not only help build vocabulary and sound awareness, but they are also a great way to instill comprehension and direction.
Supplemental activities like yoga can increase the effects of all types of therapy, including speech therapy. For more information on this and related topics, visit the Healthcare section of our blog.
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