The YOU and ME Yoga system can make a real difference to people's lives, according to a new book on the treatment and management of learning disabilities.
Learning disabilities Physical Therapy Treatment and Management – A collaborative approach, Edited by Jeanette Rennie includes a chapter on Complementary Therapies with a section on YOU and ME Yoga system, with case studies involving a person with Down's syndrome, autism and the case study below of a young woman with cerebral palsy.
The extracts below are taken from the book:
The YOU and ME Yoga for people with learning disabilities (Gunstone 1988) has been designed for individual needs to improve quality of life by:
The recording charts are used for students’ health, safety and welfare and for keeping a record of practice, outcomes and progress. The colour coding of both the body and the related techniques makes record keeping easy enough for most students to complete their own practice record, and indicate their feelings by ticking the column beneath the most appropriate face (for example, smiling or frowning).
This Yoga programme consists of 22 exercises called ‘joint looseners’ and 20 postures.
CASE STUDY 6:
WOMAN WHO HAS CEREBRAL PALSY
Whole-body movement is great fun, as well as motivation for learning. Everyone can join in, and anyone can perform the postures regardless of age or ability. Students develop imagination, expression and relationships.
Jeanette Rennie, BSc. MPhil. MCSP
Self-employed Physiotherapist for People with Learning Disabilities