Yoga Poses Can Help Reduce Anxiety When Treating Articulation Disorders

From ABC Yoga Cards for KidsWhen treating articulation disorders I used to focus on explaining to the student how to produce the sound in an intellectual manner.

However, in my own personal experience, I feel that all students who are learning a physical task such as articulation, dance or yoga poses need to be out of the intellectual mode (out of their head) and into their body.

Yoga breathing such as inhale/exhale pose from the ABC Yoga Cards for Kids helps relax the students muscles and slows down the sometimes self defeating thoughts of “this is hard, I can’t do this.” Poses such as ocean breath coordinates breath with movement which helps stimulate the relaxation response or parasympathetic nervous system in the body so the student is relaxed and ready to learn the task at hand.

What is your experience with using relaxation techniques in speech and language therapy sessions?

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