Smart Yoga Mat Promotes Growth And Learning For Kids With Special Needs
** OGTV shares this story for National Disability Week to show that with a little imagination and hard work, doors can be opened for those with special needs. **
Elizabeth Goranson is the owner and founder of Stretch What Matters, an organization which instructs yoga to children with special needs. She practiced yoga on her own, but never thought to bring it into her classroom. Her daughter Grace, who was born with special needs, gave her the idea to start Stretch What Matters.
By using yoga as a vehicle to teach social thinking as well as personal boundaries, Elizabeth designed her own Stretch What Matters yoga mat with outlines and colors for hand and foot placement. This opened a world of possibilities for kids with autism while teaching them colors and spatial awareness.
Her ultimate goal is to reach more people: "My biggest message is that children with special needs are exactly what they are supposed to be, they are perfect the way they are. Yoga comes in and if we trust that they are who they are, we can expand as people."
This OnlyGood TV Original was produced and edited by Matt Walczak.
Learn more at: http://www.stretchwhatmatters.com/
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