July 30, 2018, Charleston, SC Post and Courier: Special needs children in Charleston learn to focus with yoga at Trident Health https://www.postandcourier.com/health/special-needs-children-in-charleston-learn-to-focus-with-yoga/article_4656df24-90d5-11e8-8497-976f4195cffa.html …Cyrus was one of a handful of children with special needs who came to Trident Health’s campus Tuesday morning to learn the basics of yoga. A Trident Health occupational therapist guided them through the moves, from mountain pose to downward dog, to runners pose and back to mountain pose, just like a traditional yoga class. Parents of children with special needs know it is often difficult for them to focus, deal with change and to calm themselves when they’re met with challenges. … Research about yoga’s benefits for special needs children is scarce but growing. One review published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry found yoga can improve how children do in school, alleviate attention problems and relieve stress, and that it does have benefits for children with special needs…. With apraxia, a motor speech disorder, Cyrus has trouble voicing his thoughts. “He loves playing with other kids. He just can’t communicate with them very well, Dilley said. Schneider said each of the students in the class have sensory processing issues. Most parents of children with special needs want them to have normal experiences and relationships, she said. Those opportunities can be hard to come by…. The classes are geared toward children with autism, cerebral palsy and ADD or ADHD. But the problems the pupils are facing vary widely.