Yoga Therapy for Autism Training, March 31 – April 1,2 and 14, 2023
With Evelyns Gaiti, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, RCYT, C-IAYT, and Melinda Atkins, M.Ed., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, RCYT
- Friday, March 31: 5:30–8:30 pm
- Saturday & Sunday, April 1-2: 10 am–5:30 pm
- Friday, April 14: 5-7 pm
- Total: 18 online hours + 7 distance learning hours = 25 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, parents and caregivers.
About This Workshop
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
About Evelyns Gaiti
Evelyns Gaiti, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, RCYT, 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.
About Melinda Atkins
Melinda Atkins, M.ED, E-RYT 500, RCYT, C-IAYT, is the founding director of AUM hOMe Shala, where she trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists. She completed her Professional Level training at Kripalu, received her Clinical Yoga Therapy certification at Loyola Marymount University, became certified in the MELT Method® in 2012, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science program in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Her yoga therapy practice focuses on those with MS and other chronic conditions and disabilities. Melinda also develops and directs yoga programs for at-risk youth in inner-city Miami schools. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida.