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Chalese Meyer PRT 3330 Article Review 2/13/12

In the article: The Effects of Yoga on Attention of Preschool-Aged Children with Attention Problems by Lisa Mische Lawson, Ph.D., CTRS was found in the Annual In Therapeutic Recreation (Volume 20, 2012). This article focused on the study in which preschool-aged childrens attention span was improved due to engaging in yoga exercises. The study was done by comparing three children (one being the controlled group and the other two as the experimental group), by having them follow along to a yoga video for four days a week, for five weeks. Results for this study determined that children engaging in yoga exercises increased the improvement of their attention. Throughout the article three key points were mentioned. The first being, the challenges children face, and the effects ADHD has on them and their families. The article provided a lot of facts and statistics; however, if the author had added some true stories about children who have struggled with ADHD it would have proven to be more interesting, and more easily readable. The second key point was how using pharmacological interventions are the best way to help children who are suffering from AHDA and other attention disorders. Specifically treatments that include: various medications and psychotherapy, and education or training. In my opinion medications for attention deficit disorders should be a last resort option; which is why I choose to read, and write about this study because recreation like yoga is a great alternative for treatment or at least a better solution to coping. The last and main key point mentioned in this article

Meyer 2 focused on yoga therapy, and why this form of recreation was chosen to help reduce ADHA/attention withdrawals in young children. The article explains the benefits of yoga, and for me personally I know how beneficial yoga can be (at least for adults) because I engage in such recreational activity. Yoga helps with a persons physical abilities and posture, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation; it takes great strength and patience for one to be successful. This is why I am hesitant on the validity of this study; the first reason because children alone have a hard time taking exercise serious, and have a hard time focusing on something for a long period of time, let alone a child with ADHA. The second reason being the study only used three children to test their hypotheses that yoga in fact may help with attention deficit disorders. I liked how the author provided insight on other experiments done with yoga and the effects it has on children. Yoga fosters relaxation in a very active way, enabling children to channel their energy into goal-driven tasks which has implications for learning and classroom behavior. (Annual In Therapeutic Recreation) This quote made me rethink my above skepticism because if yoga can help me center my thoughts and calm me down maybe yoga can do that same for children. The question is: Can yoga for children with attention deficit disorders be used for Therapeutic Recreation Practice? The answer is yes, and the yoga intervention was tested and implemented into several school programs. Results reported that YogaRI (recreation intervention) was easy for children, and a fun way for them to channel their energy. It was also reported that such recreation improved the childrens fine motor skills, gross motor skills, motor planning, as well as attention.

Meyer 3 With the supportive evidence recreational therapists now can use this practice and suggest a yoga video for children with ADHD, while joined with other techniques used to manage attention deficit disorders. Like all disorders they are specific to the individual and should be treated on a case-by-case basis; with that being said yoga for children with ADHD or like disorders may benefit from this form of recreation and some may not. What I got from this article most was that why not try yoga to help reduce attention issues with children. Why not get creative as a recreational therapist and try different forms of recreational treatment; if it helps the individual or if it can help the individual it is worth a shot.

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Reference List

Lawson, L. M. (2012). The effects of yoga on attention of preschoolaged children with attention problems. Annual In Therapeutic Recreation, 20,