The practice of occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of occupations, including everyday life activities with individuals, groups, populations or organizations to support participation, performance, and function in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings. OT asks “what matters to you?” NOT “what’s the matter with you?” (AOTA, 2015).
Occupational therapists utilize the inherent habits, routines, and motivations of children to help support engagement in all facets of childhood. Specifically, OTs address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and sensory-perceptual components of performance that serve as the foundation for daily activities of children: moving, playing, learning, socializing, eating, resting, and self-regulating.
Aerial and Yoga
Every day there is more evidence that yoga is beneficial to our bodies and minds. This is especially true for children! Yoga strengths every muscles and every bone, and provides time for reflection and revitalization. These are elements of growing that all children need and can sometimes be difficult to attain.
At COAST we provide yoga from a registered yoga teacher, both on the floor and in the air! What could be better? Yoga hammocks, created by Yogapeutics founder Lindsey Lieneck, are suspended from the ceiling providing children with so many opportunities for moving their bodies, listening to their mind, and demonstrating new confidence.
It’s not unlike a traditional therapeutic motor space but the use of yoga and yoga hammocks invite an expansion of creativity, focus, and joy. It is safe and without a doubt, it is fun!