Asanas for Autism and Special Needs

Organizational Membership

San Diego, CA

Population Served: Youth, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Childhood Trauma

Founded by Shawnee Thornton Hardy – Author, M.Ed., Behavior Specialist, C-IAYT (Certified Yoga Therapist). Shawnee has worked in the field of Special Education for over 18 years and specializes in working with children with ASD, Developmental Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Behavior and Trauma. Shawnee is the author of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs – Yoga to Support Children with their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness and the creator of the C.A.L.M.M Yoga Toolkit – a visual toolkit and curriculum to support children of diverse abilities in finding their calm. Shawnee has been featured in various online journals and magazines to include Autism Parenting Magazine, Yoga International, Yoga Digest, Embody Magazine in the UK and San Diego Parenting Magazine – Flourishing Families. She has been a presenter/speaker at major conferences to include IAYT – International Association of Yoga Therapists SYTAR Conference, MISTY (Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga) Conference, UCSD – Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference, ACCESSIBLE Yoga Conference, BOOST After School Conference and TRUST Conference (Understanding the Stigma of Mental Health in Teens). Asanas for Autism and Special Needs offers trainings, in-services and workshops in schools, yoga studios, after school programs and various organizations in the U.S. and Internationally on yoga and mindfulness for youth, including yoga for children with autism and special needs and Yoga Therapy for Youth (to include: autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, childhood trauma, childhood cancer, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorder, language processing disorders, learning and developmental disabilities, anxiety/depression, mobility challenges and behavior challenges). For more information on trainings and workshops visit: /


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