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Rick Frank2010-07-05 00:13:09 +0000 #1
I will be doing some work with kids ages 8-11 having ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) on an individual basis. Do you have any specific suggestions regarding practices (asana, pranayama, meditation/relaxation, sequencing, etc.) for them? I"ve been asked to design and teach them a 20 minute home practice.

-Rick Frank

Boston, MA
Nichole2010-07-05 00:19:23 +0000 #2
Hello Frank,

Please share more with us. Here are a few questions I have:

1. Could you tell us about your Yoga training and experience so we know where to draw from to assist you?

2. Who has asked for your program design? What environment will you be giving the program? A church? A public or private school? A yoga studio?

3. Will you be giving a general home practice to everyone or giving a specific practice to each individual child? Does the group consists of boys and girls?

4. What are you planning to do already?

5. Can you adjust the length of time? I have adult clients who struggle with 15-minute practices.

I look forward to your reply and to what people will offer you and your kids.

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Rick Frank2010-07-05 00:25:57 +0000 #3
To answer your questions:

I am a trained Kripalu yoga teacher, some training in Viniyoga with Gary Kraftsow, soon to do Integrative Yoga Therapy training with Joseph LePage.

The program for ADHD kids is part of a research study, in collaboration with an MD at a hospital. The kids will have not been on medication. This will be done in a meeting room at one of the hospital's clinics. Note that this is NOT a group class, it will be done individually. We aren't specifying gender, so who we get is yet unknown.

20-minutes long session? That is our plan, to give them a 20-minute DVD to have at home, and ask them to watch it, and do at least some of it. I am open to suggestion about this.

The plan is to have a standard sequence for all of them, given that this is research. Possibly we may include choices, options

I don't have a sequence planned yet, I need to make a draft of this in the next week or so.

My ideas so far:

Start with some playful, active movements, warm-ups.

Start with more active, movements, standing, progressing towards things on the floor, working towards forward bends, twists, inversions.

Include balances to develop focus

cross-crawl motions

Progress length of breath with counts, particularly lengthening exhalation.

Progress number of breaths that postures are held.

Include a restorative posture, possibly using sandbag or heavy blanket for calming effect.

Pranayama with focus on lengthening breath, possibly alternate nostril, nadi shodana

Relaxation using visual imagery

Thank you for your assistance.

Rick in Boston
Carne Asana2010-07-05 01:24:24 +0000 #4
Rick Frank, perhaps the folks here can give you some ideas:

Yoga for the Special Child: www.specialyoga.com/

If you click on Licensed Practitioners I believe there are people available to speak with in your geographic area.

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