S.M.I.L.Y.: Sensory Motor Integration and Learning With Yoga

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AuthorHouse, Mar 6, 2006 - Education - 296 pages
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SMILY arose out of my desire to share the benefits of yoga with children in my role as a pediatric Occupational Therapist working in a school setting.    I wanted to provide children, therapists and teachers with a fun and unique way of enhancing the development of skills needed for success at school.   I also knew that the use of yoga could be justified as an effective method to stimulate learning while supporting basic educational requirements.   My hope is that you find this book very user-friendly.  I have tried my best to include everything you need to incorporate the SMILY program into your weekly lessons and/or treatment planning.  Hopefully this book will serve as a clear guide for introducing music and movement, in the form of yoga, to the children in your life.   

 

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About the author (2006)

April Merrilee received her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of

New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1997 and has remained in the southwest ever since. 

April has been working as a pediatric O.T. for seven years, serving children of all

ages and abilities from infancy through adolescence in school settings and home

environments.    She has been practicing yoga for 17 years, and has earned four

separate teaching certifications including Yoga Therapy and Yoga for the Special

Child.    April teaches the SMILY program at preschools, elementary schools, day

care settings and yoga studios several times a week throughout the year with

children ranging in age from 18 months to 9 years.  She is available to teach

therapists, teachers, parents and caregivers how to lead the SMILY program with

children in your area.   Feel free to call her toll free number to set up a workshop

at your convenience. April currently lives in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado

where she enjoys resting in her hammock looking out at the Continental Divide.

 

 

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