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Yoga to Improve Sensory, Self-Regulation and Motor Skills in Kids: Autism, ADHD, Developmental Disorders, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy

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Kathee Cammisa, MHE, OTR/L
6 Hours 27 Minutes
Audio and Video
Nov 29, 2018
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Are you struggling to gain the interest and cooperation of kids who have difficulty with motor skills, sensory processing, or behavior/emotional problems during your therapy sessions or in your classroom? Would you like to have some fun and effective new techniques to add to your bag of tricks

In this recording, Kathryne Cammisa, MHE, OTR/L, shows you the powerful and positive impact yoga can have on the kids you work with who face challenges with sensory processing, motor incoordination, neurological disorders, ASD, ADHD, emotional/behavioral issues and learning disorders. You will learn to integrate poses and techniques into your classroom or clinic regardless of your level of yoga experience.

You will walk away with interactive and hands on yoga practice to enhance:

  • Motor skills
  • Muscle length and strength
  • Focus for learning
  • Body and self-awareness
  • Nervous system regulation
  • Cooperation with others

Through hands on exercises, case studies and videos – you will leave equipped to improve physical, sensory and self-regulation skills with the kids you work with in therapy and the classroom!

This is an interactive recording. Please dress comfortably and feel free to have a yoga mat or towel.



This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



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Kathryne (Kathee) Cammisa, MHE, OTR/L, is an SI/NDT certified occupational therapist, American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer, Pranakriya certified yoga therapist, Radiant Child/Family 200 hour certified yoga teacher and Mindful Schools certified mindfulness teacher. Kathee has over 25 years of experience working with children with special needs in home, school, child care and clinic settings. She works with children and their families through her private practice and at Children’s Place, a therapeutic child care center. Kathee has extensive teaching experience throughout the country, with Georgia State’s Project SCEIS, and the Medical College of Georgia where she served as assistant professor of occupational therapy. She has been published by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy in Mental and has taken yoga and occupational therapy to children in China, Vietnam, Costa Rica and Ghana.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kathee Cammisa has employment relationships with Children’s Place Therapeutic Child Care Center, Ot4kidz, Fitness That Fits, and Radiant Child Yoga. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kathee Cammisa has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Communicate therapy goals reflecting each of the five components of well-balanced yoga practice.
  2. Implement yoga poses/techniques to improve strength & balance and range of motion.
  3. Select yoga poses/techniques to improve self-regulation and social & emotional skills.
  4. Design simple, well-balanced, yoga routines for children with special needs.
  5. Adapt yoga poses & techniques for a variety of settings, abilities & age levels.
  6. List the 5 components of a well-balanced yoga practice.


  • Current research
  • LAB: Alignment, warm up & basic poses
Yoga Poses and Techniques For:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Breathing exercises for awareness & regulation
  • Poses to calm & relax the nervous system
  • Partner poses for facilitating dyadic cooperation
  • Meditation for strengthening attention
  • LAB: Practice techniques
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
  • Breathing exercises for calming the nervous system
  • Centering exercises for reigning in attention & bringing energy levels down
  • Facilitating focus via balance & core strengthening poses
  • Relaxation for calming the body & mind
  • Meditation to improve attention span
  • LAB: Practice techniques
Behavior and Emotional Problems
  • Addressing resistance
  • Precautions for dealing with childhood trauma, abuse and neglect
Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Breathing exercises for assisting with focus
  • Promote motor planning via sequenced poses
  • Relaxation for relieving anxiety
  • LAB: Practice techniques
Special Needs: Cerebral Palsy & Increased Tone
  • Breathing exercises for awareness & strengthening the diaphragm
  • Elongate flexors/adductors for improved range of motion & movement
  • Stretch hamstrings for improved posture
  • Relaxation for increasing body awareness
  • Meditation for assisting with focus & visual motor skill
  • LAB: Practice techniques
Downs Syndrome & Low Tone
  • Breathing to invigorate the nervous system
  • Body awareness activities
  • Poses for strengthening core muscles
  • Meditation for focus & awareness
  • LAB: Practice techniques
Yoga Games
  • Body awareness
  • Creativity
  • Gratitude
  • Trust and cooperation
  • Quiet games
  • Listening and focus
  • Partner poses
  • LAB: Practice techniques
Adapt Yoga for Different Age Groups
  • Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers, School age
Adapt Yoga for Different Settings:
  • Clinic, classroom, home

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Educators
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 5


Shirley A

"great webinar"

Gabriel D

"Thank you for the online opportunity to take this very well presented course. I wish there was another course that focused more on learning all the movements and techniques one after the other with visuals on a handout. "

Sarah L

"Great workshop"

Natalie K

"This was a great webinar! I will be able to apply these techniques in all areas of my practice."

Jane C

"i learned more than expected. i like her comment, "we ask children to pay attention but we do not teach them how to pay attention.""

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