This year's Spring CE Day will start with a Legislative Update presented by NYSOTA Trustee and Legislative Coordinator, Jeff Tomlinson. The legislative update will be followed by
Using Yoga and Mindfulness Tools to Support Self- Regulation and Learning in Your Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practice presented by Jill Holland, MS, OTR/L. Lunch will be provided.
This workshop will provide occupational therapy practioners with developmentally appropriate, safe and simple yoga and mindfulness techniques to use in a variety settings that will help support their occupational therapy interventions. Occupational therapy practioners will understand how these techniques foster social-emotional skills, improve motor planning skills, self-regulation and positive attitudes, and guide students to a path to lifelong learning and academic and personal success.
Strategies to be utilized in achieving the stated goal: I will present an evidence-based approach to using mind-body activities suitable for the classroom environment that addresses self-regulation, positive attitude, resiliency and lifelong learning competencies. PowerPoint presentation, discussion and experiential components will include the following:
1) Introduce a model of yoga-based interventions (Yoga 4 Classrooms® and ChildLight Yoga®) for self-regulation that is within the AOTA Practice Framework. This will include sample yoga and mindfulness-based curriculum with activities divided into six categories: Let’s Breathe, At Your Desk, Stand Strong, Loosen Up, Imagination Vacation, and Be Well
2) Opportunity for practicing and leading yoga poses, breathing techniques, and community-building activities which are part of the core components of the Yoga 4 Classrooms® curriculum
3) Discussion of wellness and character-building activities, such as the power of positive thinking, nutrition, and being a peacemaker, as a means to address the whole child – physical, social and emotional - while improving learning-readiness
4) Present data from the Y4C® feasibility study and action research results as well as other related research.
Expected session outcomes: skills and insights participants should be able to gain:
1. Define the mind-body connection and how it affects self-regulation, learning and behavior.
2. Outline the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of yoga and mindfulness-based
Interventions for children and how it relates to occupational therapy practice.
3. Recognize the signs of imbalance in your students and yourself.
4. Discuss how yoga and mindfulness have helped with children with trauma.
5. Identify opportunities for taking yoga breaks during the school day.
6. Implement simple yoga and mindfulness activities as needed in to occupational therapy treatment interventions and throughout the day.
7. Design outcome-focused sequences based on time available: calming, focusing, energizing,
8. Access additional tools and resources to ensure continued progress.
Program summary for publication in conference program (maximum 50 words):
The use of yoga and mindfulness skills is readily available to occupational therapy practioners. Yoga 4 Classrooms® is evidence-based, simple, sustainable, and is easily integrated into existing comprehensive occupational therapy interventions and programs. This workshop will provide experiential training and describe how the program is used by schools to support AOTA Practice Standards.
PRESENTATION TYPE: 3 hours
Level: All Levels
Audience: All Occupational Therapy Practioners
Jill Holland, MS OTR/L has been practicing in the field of Occupational Therapy since 1999. She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College in May of 2013. She is Trainer for Yoga 4 Classrooms. She is a Certified Advanced ChildLight Yoga Teacher and is in the process of completing her 95 hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training. She is currently on the Advisory Board as an Occupational Therapy Consultant for Yoga 4 Classrooms.
Jill lives in Sullivan County NY with her husband and son. She enjoys the outdoors and gardening. She is a locavore supporting local farmers and businesses.
Jill has a passion for teaching and sharing tools to help children complete their daily occupations both at home and in the classroom.