WHY COMBINE YOGA AND SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY?

“Any child (person) can benefit from yoga, with yoga you are speaking to a child’s soul, so whatever their mental or physical capacity they can still benefit” –Jyoti Jo Manuel 

 
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At Tantric Twins Yoga, we are passionate about infusing yoga with speech and language milestones for a child-centered, holistic therapeutic experience. Yoga is a brilliant medium that combines physically calming postures and movement while creating a means for better learning and retention.
 
Talk Yoga™ engages our students, helps them regulate their bodies and calm their minds, addresses sensory integration and motor planning, encourages active learning, and allows them to practice speech sound production, receptive and expressive language skills, and social skills, all simultaneously.


But, how does it work?

YOGA & PLAY.

Pretend play is critical for developing oral language. Children engaged in pretend play often use higher forms of language than they would use in normal situations. Yoga provides many opportunities for children to use props to support pretend play. For example, a yoga mat can become a surfboard or a magic carpet upon which a child rides to imaginary places. Additionally, yoga poses that are named after animals or elements of nature offer numerous opportunities for thematic pretend play. As a result, children learn new vocabulary and concept categories.

YOGA & LANGUAGE.

Yoga helps children develop receptive and expressive language skills. Yoga provides a fun and engaging opportunity that supports conceptual and vocabulary development. For example, when children are introduced to the names of yoga poses and hear verbal instructions for executing those poses, they are exposed to a variety of nouns (e.g., animals, elements of nature, transportation objects, body parts), actions/verbs (e.g., sit, stand, lie down, inhale, exhale, close eyes), and positional words (e.g., up, down, side, under).

YOGA & RESPIRATION.

Yoga incorporates the use of specific skills needed for speech. Speech sound production requires movements of the lips, jaw, and tongue and the planning of those movements, in coordination with the breath. Breathing for speech production requires more conscious control than non-speech breathing. Conscious breathing is one of the main practices of yoga, which can encourage children to become more aware and mindful of their breath, as well as help children coordinate movements with their breath.

YOGA & SPEECH PRODUCTION & MOTOR PLANNING.

Yoga provides multiple chances to practice gross and fine motor planning, for example, when executing poses, using breathing techniques, and chanting. Yoga classes often include consistently repeated routines. Routines are great for children to learn and store in their memories the motor sequences. Children who have difficulty with motor planning and programming (including children with apraxia of speech), can especially benefit from opportunities to practice repeated gross and fine motor routines.

YOGA & SOCIAL SKILLS.

Yoga provides children with a sense of community. When we incorporate yoga into our speech therapy treatment groups, we practice as a unit. When we breathe together, we breathe as a unit. Our students learn that they are not alone in working on breathing, on practicing yoga, and on improving their speech sounds. In addition, we always incorporate compliments into our routine. Student helpers receive compliments from their peers about their performance. Children get experience receiving and giving kindness, learn how to talk to other people, and practice using learned social skills throughout the session.

 

YOGA IS FOR EVERYBODY

As you can see, yoga provides opportunities for learning and practicing play and language skills, and to develop the skills necessary for speech sound production and motor planning for speech. BUT- the benefits of yoga extend beyond speech and language! Yoga has significant benefits for mental health which makes for calmer, smarter kids. Yoga strengthens and flexes our bodies, enhances our mood and overall well-being, reinforces natural kinetic learning, and brings clarity to make better decisions. Yoga benefits everybody!

 

TALK YOGA™ AND SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY SERVICES

Meredith Hill, our speech-language pathologist, provides speech and language therapy services to pediatrics in the areas of articulation, phonology, fluency, voice, expressive/receptive language, and social skills.

FREE 15-MINUTE PHONE CONSULTATION

We offer free 15-minute phone consultations to learn more about your child's specific needs.

PRIVATE SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY

We provide holistic, child-centered speech and language therapy for pediatrics ages 0-18. Sessions involve a mix of yoga-infused speech and language therapy and/or play-based approaches depending on your child's developmental needs. We put movement into treatment sessions to make speech and language therapy fun all while implementing evidenced-based practices to address your child's goals! Sessions are anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour depending on your child's needs. We don't offer formal evaluations but do accept outside evaluations from licensed speech-language pathologists. All sessions are private pay.

TALK YOGA™ FLOW: GENERAL CLASSES

These general classes are accessible with benefits for all children not only those with speech, language & communication needs. Those at risk of speech and language needs or those with delayed skills will particularly benefit from this targeted level of speech and language support. These language enrichment classes provide an environment to move, have fun and play all while learning about language.

We offer different pricing plans for our general Talk Yoga classes for families with more than one child. Contact us directly for pricing at 770-286-9680!

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“Pairing physical movement with language learning appears to enhance recall abilities and stimulate novel, appropriate language.”

- Molly Lannon Kenny, (SLP and creator of
Integrative Movement Therapy)