Mental, behavioral, or developmental disabilities are diagnosed in 15.4% of children ages 2-8 years and prevalence is expected to increase. Children with developmental disabilities experience challenges and limitations across several domains, which impact their ability to fully participate in their daily activities across environments. Children with developmental disabilities often require many different types of therapy to address various needs throughout their lives. As a result, families often seek alternative therapies to complement the traditional therapies that are received. Yoga is a popular complementary form of exercise that is easily accessible and a viable option for children. Research has demonstrated positive results of yoga on motor and emotional aspect in adults. Although yoga has proposed benefits in pediatric populations, current evidence is lacking in children with developmental disabilities. This poster provides an overview of the current literature examining the effect of yoga for the pediatric population with developmental disorders on gross motor skills and emotional regulation.
Dailey, Stacie; Rowley, Raechel; Sivak, Bethany; and Stone, Abigail, "Effects of Classroom Based Yoga on Gross Motor Skills and Self-Regulation in Preschool Aged Children with Developmental Delays" (2019). Academic Festival Posters. 103.