Yoga Therapy for Autism Training, July 31–August 2, 2020
with Evelyns Gaiti, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, RCYT, C-IAYT, and Melinda Atkins, M.Ed., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, RCYT
- Friday, July 31: 5–9 pm
- Saturday, August 1: 10 am–1 pm; 2:30–5:30 pm
- Sunday, August 2: 10 am–1 pm; 2:30–5:30 pm
- Friday, August 21: 5–7 pm
- Total: 18 online hours + 5 distance learning hours = 23 hours
This training has been designated by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as an Approved Professional Development course.
Due to COVID-19, this course has been moved entirely to an online Zoom format. Save on travel costs and earn approved recertification hours from the comfort of your home while maintaining social distancing!
This course also provides credit toward certification as a Children’s Yoga Specialist through AUM hOMe Shala.
Appropriate for anyone interested in offering yoga classes or yoga-based tools to this population—including yoga teachers, yoga therapists, special-needs teachers, and caregivers.
Studies show that physical activity increases social skills, communication, alertness, and strength in kids with autism, as discussed in our blog post on “Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Children with Autism”. In this 23-hour course, learn from research and practice how to handle the situations and issues that can arise when you are working with this population. Learn how to design and deliver an effective yoga class, class series, or “yoga breaks” for children with autism, ages 7–12.
This training has additional pre- and post-course components, including hours with the instructors via Zoom.
The course provides:
- A comprehensive understanding of autism
- Keys for establishing connection, managing behavior, and promoting relaxation
- Approaches for teaching self-regulation and breathing techniques
- Ideas for sequencing and for modifying for individual needs within a group class
- A practical prop kit to take home, as well as the confidence and inspiration to bring the benefits of yoga to this population.
- $525 (includes props and materials)
- Shala Student Rate: $175
Cancellation and enrollment policy: If you cancel 3 weeks prior to the program, you will receive a full refund minus a $100 nonrefundable processing fee. If you cancel between 3 weeks and 1 week prior to the program, you will receive a refund of half the tuition, minus the $100 non-refundable processing fee. Cancellations less than 1 week prior to the program are nonrefundable. AUM hOMe Shala reserves the right to deny enrollment due to space limitations or any other concerns. If AUM hOMe Shala cancels a course due to under-enrollment, students will be advised within 24–48 hours and promptly refunded.
About the Instructors
Evelyns Gaiti, E-RYT 200, RYT 500,C-IAYT, is an AUM grown certified Clinical Yoga Therapist with over 1200 hours of specialized training utilizing the therapeutic benefits of yoga in working with a multitude of pediatric conditions. Evelyns is a special needs educator who has been working with children and teenagers for more than 25 years. She was inspired to pursue yoga teacher training when she began offering breathing and postures to kids while working as a developmental therapist and saw how much they benefited. In addition to her 1200-hour Yoga Therapy certification at AUM Home Shala, Evelyns studied Restorative Yoga with Cindy Lee, Yoga Therapy for Children with Loraine Rushton, Children’s Yoga Teacher Training at Karma Kid Yoga, and Yoga Education for Autism Spectrum with Vanessa Khalon, and received a 95-Hour Yoga Alliance Children’s Yoga Teacher Specialist certification at AUM. Evelyns is also trained in Sensory Impairment and Applied Behavior Analysis, and certified in Sound Bowl Healing and Reiki Master Natural Healing Method.
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is the founding director of AUM hOMe Shala, where she trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists. She completed her 500-hour certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and received her Clinical Yoga Therapy certification at Loyola Marymount University. Melinda was one of the first yoga therapists in Florida to be certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists through their grandfathering process, documenting 2,100 hours of yoga therapy experience. She also develops and directs yoga programs for at-risk youth in inner-city Miami schools, and holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida.