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Managing Stress Through Self-Care and Mindfulness

Being a parent or support personnel serving children on the Autistic Spectrum can be one of the most challenging endeavors an individual can undertake. Employing practical tools based on principles of yoga, mindfulness and social /emotional learning, our program teaches practical ways the parents and support personnel can take better care of themselves and, as a result, take better care of those they serve.

Core Self-Care and Stress Management Training

FORMAT
• For parents, teachers, guidance counselors, PA representative, social workers and all professionals that serve that autistic student population
• Presented in five 3-hour sessions
• Presented at the school or community facility
CONTENT
• Practical yoga postures that they can incorporate into their daily routine • Supports participants in developing essential life skills such as: focused listening, assertive communication, forgiveness, taking responsibility and conscious choice
• Improves participants relationship skills, leadership ability and professional competence • Presented in Spanish and/or English
• Keys for practicing life enhancing nutrition
• Ways of staying supportive and present during stressful moments in the classroom • Learn skills that enable them to support, advise and engage parents more effectively • Addresses many of the unique challenges that the parent of an autistic child faces: * Sleep deprivation * Proper nutrition and the avoidance of certain foods * Circumstances and events that may trigger their child’s anxiety * How you relate to the issue of raising an Autistic child * Communication challenges with your child and other family members * Accepting your child’s limitations and at the same time envisioning greater possibilities for the future * Understanding and accepting other people’s attitudes towards an individual with Autistim * By your actions and words, instilling a sense of safety and trust with your child
* Increased self-regulatory ability by using the breath to enhance focus and mindfulness

MATERIALS
• The book Masterful Parenting…Creating meaningful connection with your child
• Yoga manual, handouts and DVDs

12-Hour Facilitators Training for Parents

Because of the sensitive nature of autistic individuals and the unique challenges faced by their caretakers and parents, a loving, safe and nurturing home environment is key to their well-being and reaching their highest potential. After completing the core 15-hour program, the participant has the opportunity to learn how to facilitate The Core 15-Hour Stress Management Training to parents of individuals on the Autistic Spectrum.
FORMAT
• For two or three participants from a specific school or organization that have successfully completed the Core 15 Hour Stress Management Training
• Presented in three 4-hour sessions
• Presented at a centrally located training facility for participants from various schools or organizations
• Will be certified to facilitate the Core 15 Hour Stress Management Training in English and/or Spanish to parents

CONTENT
• Participants will learn how to use the classroom DVDs, and teach yoga practices so they can turnkey and skillfully present the Self-Care and Stress Management Training to parents in their school or facility
• Improves participants relationship skills, leadership ability and professional competence
• Gain counseling skills that enable them to support, advise and engage parents more effectively

MATERIALS
• Facilitator’s instructional DVDs
• Presentational DVD’s in Spanish and English used in each session
• Yoga practice instruction manual
• Facilitator’s Instructional Manual
• The book Masterful Parenting…Creating meaningful connection with your child

15-Hour Facilitators Training to Teach Yoga to Students

After completing the core 15-hour program, the participant has the opportunity to learn how to facilitate a yoga program to individuals on the Autistic Spectrum, ADD, ADHD and other similar developmental disorders

FORMAT
• Presented in five 3-hour sessions to two participants from each specific school
• Presented at a centrally located training facility for participants from various schools or organizations

CONTENT
• Yoga movements that are specific for students with disabilities
• The use of breathing techniques to relax and calm an agitated student

MATERIALS
• Yoga mats and towels

FACILITATORS
With 35 years of yoga and mediation practice, Sharon Manner has experienced first hand how yoga helps to reduce stress. Her programs have benefited thousands of adults and children throughout the United States and Canada along with more than 150 individuals she has trained to bring this work into the schools and community.
Since 1993, Dr. Marc Rosenbaum, founder and director of Education for Excellence, has presented social/emotional learning programs to more than 5000 New York City public school parents, teachers and administrators. He has authored the course texts and curriculum guides Masterful Parenting (the book your parents had read), El Arte de Ser Padres, Masterful Parenting (creating meaningful connection with your child) and Education for Transformation.
ADJUNCT OR CO-FACILITATORS
Margabandhu teach nutrition and the yogic life style.

 

50-Hour Certification Program

After completing the Core Self Care and Stress Management Training, as well as the trainings to facilitate the parents and yoga programs, the participant is eligible to enroll in a yoga teacher training that will allow them to present yoga classes in any location or venue.

FORMAT
• 50-hours
• Time and location varies depending upon time of year

CONTENT
• Meets all guidelines of the Yoga Alliance to become a certified yoga instructor

 

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