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Monday, April 11, 2011

Yoga For Students With Autism: American School for the Deaf Offers Yoga Program For Students With Autism

Yoga For Students With Autism: American School for the Deaf Offers Yoga Program For Students With Autism - Courant.com

The four students at the American School for the Deaf, sitting on mats in the cafeteria, take direction from yoga instructor Aaron West, while interpreter Vicki Watson translates into sign language.

The poses are fairly typical for a class of first-timers, but before the class began, the school's staff members weren't sure how the students would take to it. Age 15 to 17, most of the students were not just deaf, but also autistic. This is the first time the school has offered a yoga program for its autistic students.

The idea for the program came from Bonnie Nicol, who is the PACES Clinical Program Coordinator at the school. She has a son who is handicapped and took advantage of a similar program. Administrative assistant Peg Higgins coordinated the program. An avid yoga buff, Higgins said the program sounded perfect for the small group of autistic students at the school. (The American School for the Deaf has six students with autism, although others fall within the autism spectrum.)


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