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Dumont Workshop Uses Yoga To Help Special Needs Kids

Jacqueline Reyes will lead a free yoga workshop for parents of children with special needs June 28 in Dumont.
Jacqueline Reyes will lead a free yoga workshop for parents of children with special needs June 28 in Dumont. Photo Credit: LinkedIn

DUMONT, N.J. – The Calvary United Methodist Church in Dumont will host a free yoga workshop for parents of a child with special needs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.

Yoga supports and stimulates the skills traditionally assessed by multidisciplinary tests that include gross and fine motor, speech and language comprehension and production, as well as quality of function. This 90-minute workshop will inform parents how speech-language therapy with a yoga approach can facilitate many of the areas that challenge a special needs child.

Instructor Jacqueline Reyes, a speech-language pathologist and certified yoga therapist, started incorporating yoga into clinical practice because it benefits specific populations and diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, sensory integration disorder and more.

“To my wonderment, I have had some amazing results with improved self-regulation, attention, motor planning, language and social communication. Children leave therapy more calm and focused which facilitates learning,” Reyes said.

Reyes is an ASHA-certified speech language pathologist and certified RYT-200 yoga teacher. She has been practicing in the field more than 20 years, working with both the adult and pediatric population with a concentration on the special needs population.

To register or for more information, contact Reyes at jreyesslp@gmail.com or call 201-736-0570.

Calvary United Methodist Church is at 185 W. Madison Ave., Dumont.

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