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From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

Relaxation Class

Published October 5, 2015 2:27 PM by Devon Alley
There is an amazing local autism group in our area, called Artistic Spectrum, that focuses on providing creative and recreational opportunities for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A. has participated in many of the activities provided by this organization in the past couple of years - from painting pumpkins, to watching A Christmas Carol, to participating in summer art workshops - and we continue to find really rewarding activities through this organization. Our most recent adventure involved taking a basic relaxation class through the organization at a local yoga studio.

The class was, essentially, a basic yoga class. It was an activity A. was not very keen on participating in, but I managed to convince her. She actually did very well. The class focused on the importance of breathing and the wisdom of listening to one's body to make sure you are getting whatever you need.

A. was especially adept at folding up into Child's Pose whenever she felt like a stretch was simply too much for her. She also followed along with the poses of the class with minimal complaining - she seemed to really enjoy curving and curling her back into the Cat and Cow positions, while she struggled more with the poses that required her head to be down, and for her to stretch to the floor, such as Downward Facing Dog - and it did seem to truly relax her and help her regulate the stress in her body.

Even though she felt like she didn't do a very good job with the yoga class, I was very impressed with how much she was able to do, and the process really did help her. I also managed to convince her that she should come with me to at least one yoga class a month, so hopefully I can help her make this an ongoing healthy h


I'm definitely looking forward to more of the amazing work that Artistic Spectrum puts together for the autistic individuals in our community.

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Wonderful! I am so glad to hear that yoga and relaxation is helping A. We have a growing community of OTs integrating Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine, Prevention and Wellness into OT Practice at and please find us on social media. We also have a column with ADVANCE Magazine! : )


Emmy Vadnais, Holistic OT, OTR/L

Emmy Vadnais October 27, 2015 1:31 PM

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