Tonight on EdAppTalk we discussed the social and emotional wellness of children and the need for more of this type of learning being addressed in schools. Our special guest was Annie Fox of the Middle School Confidential Series, if you are not familiar with her work you need to check out her books and apps that help tweens and teens deal with difficult situations. Angela Moorad was part of the discussion as well as Jo and Jackie, our two favorite TWA app reviewers! Angela is a Speech-Language Pathologists and has put together inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities, she shared this wonderful compilation of resources for social & emotional learning with us at the end of our chat and was kind enough to give us permission to share. Enjoy!

Research Roundup by Angela Moorad of OMazing Kids

This page is dedicated to sharing research & articles relating to kids wellness, including yoga, with a focus on Autism and other special needs. Articles are listed in order of publication dates with most recent publications listed first.

When available, I am sharing links to full research articles rather than just the “abstract”.  Advocates and practitioners are cautioned not to read just the “abstract” in order to understand research study results because abstracts rarely mention any limitations to the study, they report only key findings, and the brevity of the paragraph (typically 120 words) may tend to provide an overly optimistic read of the study and what was found.

Yoga on our minds: a systematic review of yoga for neuropsychiatric disorders

By: Meera Balasubramaniam, Shirley Telles and P. Murali Doraiswamy. Published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, January 2013

Mindfulness starts with the body: somatosensory attention and top-down modulation of cortical alpha rhythms in mindfulness meditation

By: Catherine E. Kerr, Matthew D. Sacchet, Sara W. Lazar, Christopher I. Moore and Stephanie R. Jones, Published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, February 2013, Volume 7, Article 12.

Efficacy of the Get Ready to Learn Yoga Program Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Pretest-Posttest Control Group Design

By Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR/L, RYT & Satvika Garg, MS, OTR/L, Published in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2012, Volume 66, Number 5

Relaxation Response–Based Yoga Improves Functioning in Young Children with Autism: A Pilot Study

By Lucy E. Rosenblatt, MA, Sasikanth Gorantla, MD, Jodi A. Torres, BA, Rubin S. Yarmush,BA, Surita Rao, MD, Elyse R. Park, PhD, MPH, John W. Denninger, MD, PhD, Herbert Benson, MD, Gregory L. Fricchione, MD, Bruce Bernstein, PhD, and John B. Levine, MD, PhD, Published in The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, November 2011

Yoga and Autism: A rewarding (and challenging) assignment

by Hannah Gould, Published in Yoga Therapy Today December 2010

Yoga as a Complimentary Therapy for Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Clinicians

By Lisa C. Kaley-Isley, PhD, RYT-500, John Peterson, MD, Colleen Fischer, PhD, and Emily Peterson, CYT – Published in Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2010 August; 7(8): 20–32.

Transformative life skills: Pilot studies of yoga model for reducing perceived stress and improving self-control in vulnerable youth.

By Ramadoss, R., and Bose, B.K. (International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 2010).

Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students

By Meiklejohn, J., Phillips, C., Freedman, M. L., Griffin, M. L., Biegel, G., Roach, A., Frank, J., Burke, C., Pinger, L., et al. (Mindfulness, March 2010).

Yoga for Children on the Autism Spectrum

by Jennie Ehleringer, Published in the 2010 edition of International Journal of Yoga Therapy

Application of integrated yoga therapy to increase imitation skills in children with autism spectrum disorder

By Shantha Radhakrishna, Published in International Journal of Yoga. 2010 Jan–Jun; 3(1): 26–30.

The Effects of Mindful Awareness Teaching Practices in the Wellness Works in Schools Program on the Cognitive, Physical and Social Behaviors of Students with Learning and Emotional Disabilities in an Urban, Low Income Middle School

by Desmond, C.T. (2009) Millersville University, September 2009.

Creative Relaxation: A Yoga-Based Program for Regular and Exceptional Student Education

by Louise Goldberg, M.A., R.Y.T., L.M.T., Published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, No. 14 (2004)

Integrated movement therapy: Yoga-based therapy as a viable and Effective Intervention for Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders

by Molly Kenny, M.S., Published in International Journal of Yoga Therapy,12 (2002), 71-79.

Other websites with great info about yoga & wellness research:

imgres-1Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities, Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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