Yoga Benefits Littlest Horned Frogs
October is Down syndrome awareness month. Fittingly, an article on the benefits of yoga for children with Down syndrome, written by KinderFrogs Adapted Physical Education teacher Amanda Young, TCU College of Education professor Lindy Crawford and Texas Women’s University (TWU) Kinesiology professor Lisa Silliman-French has been published in the journal Palaestra. Read the article
The article provides benefits, resources and strategies for practicing yoga with children with Down syndrome. The authors found that yoga can enhance motor development, manage behavior and provide cross-curricular learning.
Young knows this subject by heart. She practices yoga daily with KinderFrogs students and her work helped her with her dissertation, the Effect of Adapted Physical Education and Homework on Gross Motor Development for Young Children with Down Syndrome, at TWU. At KinderFrogs school, Young integrates the activity with stories and songs to keep her students engaged.
“Sometimes we use yoga as a warm-up, sometimes we use it as a cool down, whatever the class needs,” Young said. “It’s fun to see the kids do the different poses.”
Young earned her bachelor’s degree from TCU in 2009 and began teaching at KinderFrogs and Starpoint Schools in 2010. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from TWU. In 2015, she was named a Top Teacher by Fort Worth Magazine.