Yoga for the Special Child®Teacher Trainings

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Each year in June The Yoga Center Reno hosts Yoga for the Special Child® Teacher Trainings, including Certification Programs and Continuing Education Programs. The Basic 1 and Basic 2 Certification Programs are accredited by the Yoga Alliance for the 95 Hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher designation, and the Continuing Education Programs are also accredited by Yoga Alliance.  All Yoga for the Special Child® Trainings qualify for Nevada CEU’s for PT, OT, SLP, ECE and Nursing.  The Yoga for the Special Child® 200 Hour Teacher Training is held in rotating locations each year.  Click here for Yoga for the Special Child Program dates and locations around the world.

In June 2018 we have three Yoga for the Special Child® Teacher Trainings at The Yoga Center Reno:

Basic Part 1: Sunday, June 17 to Friday, June 22, 2018.  Learn to teach all children ages 0 – 12 including children with a special needs diagnosis, the first 48 hours of the 95 hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher Accreditation.

Basic Part 2: Sunday, June 24 to Saturday, June 30, 2018. Learn to teach all students ages 13-18 including children and adults with a special needs diagnosis. Basic 1 Program is a pre-requisite, Basic 2 completes  the 95 hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher Accreditation offered to RYT-200 teachers registered with Yoga Alliance.

Continuing Education on Scleroderma and Arthritis: Sunday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 3, 2018.  Learn to teach students of all ages with Scleroderma or Arthritis.  Basic 1 Program is a pre-requisite.

Yoga for the Special Child® Basic Part 1 (48 hours) with Kathy Randolph

The Yoga Center – Reno offers Yoga for the Special Child® Basic 1 Program, a comprehensive training course in the theory and practice of teaching yoga to babies and children ages 0 – 12, including those with learning or developmental disabilities, from June 17 to June 22, 2018  at 720 Tahoe Street #C, Reno, NV 89509.  Click here for the Registration Letter with information about the program schedule, transportation, lodging, what to bring, etc.  Click here for Online Registration.

Sonia Sumar and Kathy Randolph
Sonia Sumar, creator of Yoga for the Special Child®, with Kathy Randolph, Licensed Yoga for the Special Child® Program Teacher.

The Basic Part 1 curriculum includes:

  •  Specific techniques for evaluating infants and children up to 3 years of  age
  •   The different components of interacting and bonding with infants/children
  •   The components of Yoga for infants and children with special needs
  •    The description of the physiological/psychological benefits
  •    The four stages of development
  •        1)   Preparatory Stage (birth – 6 months)
  •        2)   Inductive Stage (6 months – 1 year)
  •        3)   Interactive Stage (1 – 2 years)
  •        4)   Imitative Stage (2 – 3 years)
  • Specific techniques for evaluating and working with kids 3-12 years old
  •  Videos and/or demonstration of working with children of different ages
  •  Contra-indications
  •  Relaxation techniques
  •  Relaxation techniques

Designed for parents, yoga teachers, educators, physical and occupational therapists, and health care professionals, this program provides the basic tools for teaching yoga to children with special needs. No previous experience in yoga is required to attend this teacher training program. Benefits to children participating in Yoga for the Special Child® – the Sonia Sumar Method are mindfulness, concentration, physical ease, emotional balance, and ultimately peace of mind and happiness. 

Randolph’s week-long session addresses the following topics: choosing the most effective yoga routine, creating the optimum home and classroom environment, specialized breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to improve concentration, and adapting yoga techniques to children with different syndromes and disorders. Populations addressed include individuals living with: autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other cognitive and learning disabilities.

Contact Kathy for more info or questions.

Yoga for the Special Child® Basic Part 2 (55 hours) with Sonia Sumar

The Yoga Center – Reno offers Yoga for the Special Child® Basic 2 Program, a comprehensive training course in teaching students ages 13-18 including children and adults with a special needs diagnosis.  This course expands on the techniques learned in Basic 1 with special emphasis on working with teens and young adults in private and group classes.  The course is offered  from June 24 to June 30, 2018  at 720 Tahoe Street #C, Reno, NV 89509.  Click here for the Registration Letter with information about the program schedule, transportation, lodging, what to bring, etc.  Click here for Online Registration.14947864_1161800113909659_1848222774307320801_n

Note: Participants are expected to have had some experience teaching at least 2 hours of Yoga for the Special Child® (i.e. 4 half-hour classes). Participants will bring at least one video of one of these half hour sessions/classes to the course for feedback.  (Note: video must be compatible with Windows Media Player or Quick time). A video of any student with special needs of any age is acceptable but a session with an older child is encouraged.

The Basic Part 2 curriculum includes:

  • Review the four stages of development and receive feedback from Sonia regarding the videos each student recorded working with a child with Special Needs using Yoga for the Special Child – The Sonia Sumar Method
  • Discuss theory and practice of working with students 13 and above
  • Describe physiological and psychological benefits of yoga on older children and young adultsearn challenges and solutions for working with adolescents and teens
  • Learn criteria and structure of group classes
  • Provide opportunity for feedback and guidance on specific case studies

After completion of both Basic 1 and Basic 2 courses participants will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for the Yoga for the Special Child® Basic Certification.

**For Registered Yoga Teachers with RYT-200, the Basic 1 and Basic 2 Teacher Trainings satisfy the 95 contact hours for Yoga Alliance RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher). Please note: you must complete both courses to have the combined 95 hours for the Yoga Alliance. Please refer to Yoga Alliance for additional information on the requirement to obtain the RCYT certification.

After Basic Part 1 and 2, you will not be certified to teach Yoga for the Special Child® to other teachers, but to teach all ages children using the Sonia Sumar Method.

Yoga for the Special Child® is ideal for parents, caregivers, yoga teachers, educators, occupational, physical, and speech therapists, nurses, or anyone interested in teaching yoga to
children with special needs.
Contact Kathy for more info or questions.

Yoga for the Special Child® Continuing Education on Scleroderma and Arthritis (20 hours) with Kathy Randolph

The Yoga Center – Reno offers Yoga for the Special Child® Continuing Education on Scleroderma and Arthritis, a comprehensive training course in teaching students of any age with Scleroderma or Arthritis.  The course is offered  from July 1 to July 3, 2018 at 720 Tahoe Street #C, Reno, NV 89509.  Click here for the Registration Letter with information about the program schedule, transportation, lodging, what to bring, etc.  Click here for Online Registration.

The Continuing Education curriculum includes:

  • The symptoms of Arthritis, how relief is provided by yoga practice, safety issues,  video and demonstration by Kathy Randolph with participantsHands11
  • The symptoms of Scleroderma, how relief is provided by yoga practice, safety issues, video and demonstration by Kathy Randolph with participants
  • Group discussion: definition of stages, best Yoga routine for each example
  • Hands on practice with fellow participants: teaching Hatha Yoga class to a person with Arthritis
  • Hands on practice with fellow participants: teaching Hatha Yoga class to a person with Scleroderma
  • The use of the Bandhas and Kriyas to relieve digestive issues in Scleroderma, safety issues, choosing the right technique for each case, how to teach the Bandhas and Kriyas
  • Hands-on practice by participants with volunteers with Arthritis
  • Hands-on practice by participants with volunteers with Scleroderma
  • Group discussion: definition of stages, building up the right Hatha Yoga class for each volunteer

Contact Kathy for more info or questions.