Neurological and Developmental differences are statistically rising yet systems in our society are not neccesarily changing at the same rate. This causes additional stress, anxiety and other difficulties navigating a world geared more for neurotypical people. Yoga is beneficial for all people and can definitely benefit those with neurodiversity. Below are varying statistics by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) showing statistics for neurological and developmental differences.
According to the CDC, children born in 2006 had a 1 in 59 chance of having Autism (surveyed in 2014). Boys are four times more likely than girls to have Autism. Children born in 1992 had a 1 in 150 chance of having Autism (surveyed in 2000).
According to the CDC, in 2016 there were approximately 9.4 percent of children ages 2-17 that had a diagnosis of ADHD.
About 1 in every 1,000 children ages 0-19 years old has Down Syndrome.
Approximately 1 in 323 children have Cerebral Palsy.
A Traumatic Brain Injury or Concussion can cause a child to newly experience challenges they did not have before due to neurological changes. It is estimated that half a million children ages 0-14 visit the emergency room each year and for some of these children there are lasting post-consussive syndrome effects. Recent years have brought more focus on repeated head injuries in sports.
According to the CDC, a study “showed that developmental disabilities (DDs) are common: about 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a DD in 2006–2008. These data also showed that prevalence of parent-reported DDs has increased 17.1% from 1997 to 2008. This study underscores the increasing need for health, education and social services, and more specialized health services for people with DDs.”
Reflex Yoga and Neurological and Developmental Differences
Yoga is a complementary healing modality with many benefits. The movement is good for any children today as our changing lives reduce the level of activity. For neurodiverse children and those with sensory issues, movement can help to calm the nervous system. The breathwork focuses on learning how to breathe using diaphramatic breathing and fuller breathing and can provide a tool for a child's toolbox for when they feel anxiety or other symptoms that are uncomfortable. Mudras (hand forms) are used in yoga energetically with the brain and when used with breathing techniques can provide certain benefits. Mantras can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Meditation is beneficial in many ways to help with the nervous system and help a child learn to have a better relationship with their thoughts. Reflex Yoga places a focus on somatic movement, which is movement with intention and an internal connection rather than the external movement and outcome.
Reflex Yoga is focused on a comprehensive yoga program targeted for neuro-diverse children, and those that show signs and symptoms or have known sensory sensititivies.