Yippeee! Goldie has a spot at a Yoga for the Special Child training. I'm stoked! I've been trying to find someone to work with her for over a year now. There is no one certified in our area and last years training had to be cancelled. Hopefully this go 'round will help us find someone close by to practice yoga with Goldie.
If you haven't hear of Yoga for the Special child there is a book and a website. I thought about becoming certified myself,but the certification course lasts 7 days and that just wasn't doable for our family right now. Nevermind my lack of yoga experience and cash to pay for the course.
Why yoga? Early intervention provides PT until Goldie is 3. After that services are provided through our school system. I've been looking into this and attended an informal Q&A on the transition process. Goldie will not receive individual PT, it will most likely be 15-30 minute sessions and they will be education based. We'd like Goldie to have strength, agility, and stamina. Doing yoga can help with all of these. Yoga is an activity she can enjoy for a lifetime, long after her PT eligibility has run out.
We have a family yoga dvd that I do with the girls. It is inspiring to watch her imitate the different asanas. I've also been looking at a dvd called Happy Me Yoga. But I am most impressed by Sonia Sumar and her story. Her book isn't just about yoga, it tells the story of her daughter, Roberta, who had Down Syndrome. We've started some of the activities she teaches, but are looking for some professional advice and guidance. I'll let you know how it goes!