Better motor skills lead to more academic achievements, further independence, and a more fulfilling life. You know this. That's why you're here. You want the best for your students, but finding fun and motivating activities that they can do is difficult. There isn't a ton of time to try all of the tricks and figure out what works or what doesn't work. You want a clear plan of action to help your students become more independent, successful, and fulfilled in their lives. 

You've come to the right place. 

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A happy place to get your learn on. I often post blogs and/or vlogs with helpful tips and activities to help make your student's lives better and your job easier. 

Yoga Book

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If you are looking to share yoga with a student with a disability, check out my book, Yoga for Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments. 

Upcoming Trainings

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Ready for an actual training so you can feel confident in sharing yoga with your students? Check out where you can get more comprehensive training.

 

How does yoga help kids with disabilities?

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Improve Mobility Skills

From motor planning to spatial awareness, yoga increases children's mobility skills from the ground up. We focus on concepts such as up/down, left/right, moving our bodies in new ways, and feeling confident in the movements that we take. As we move, our brains memorize these new patterns and begin to incorporate them in our daily lives. 

 

 

Improve Literacy Skills

Yoga is a fun and motivating way to infuse literacy in to your child's learning! We can get creative by using Braille lists, writing yoga stories, and using yoga cards to improve literacy skills. 

 

 
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Improve Social Skills

Social skills are important for any child. Yoga helps children increase their social skills by infusing greetings, yoga social stories, and leadership skills in to fun and engaging classes! 

 

I have had the fortune of collaborating with some of the most prominent resources for teachers and parents of children with visual impairments.

 TAER, ESC Region 13, ESC, Region 11, SWOMA, TSBVI, Paths to Literacy, AER

 

Testimonials

The book was really simple to follow and helped me plan a yoga class for my student!
— Laura
 

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Meet Kassy

(A little about me)


Hey there! If you are anything like me (and you are), you LOVE to see the people you love live their most fulfilled, vibrant lives. 

Lives filled with success, accomplishments, and independence. 

Our children deserve to live their most fulfilling lives and it's our job... err... joy to help them do just that. 

I started working at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired over 10 years ago as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. While it feels like just yesterday, 10 years is a pretty long time. 

Wonderful teachers, O&M Specialists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech and Language Pathologists have been teaching yoga to students with visual impairments for over a decade. Thanks to Linda Hagood and her fantastic work. You can find more about her approach to yoga in her book, "Better Together".

For years, I watched the miracles that were taking place for our yoga students. 

Increased independence. 

Better Social Skills. 

Not to mention, my personal favorite, better motor planning skills

At the time, I was a yoga student myself. Having picked up a daily practice in my 20's after a bit of a hiatus from when I started practicing yoga as a 14 year-old who had been grounded all summer. But that's a story for another time. 

I became a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and then a Radiant Child Yoga Teacher in 2010 and never looked back! Since then, I have been teaching yoga and movement to students at TSBVI. While I *love* teaching O&M, my soul get's extremely happy when I get to combine both of my passions and teach yoga to students with visual impairments! 

At some point, I got the wild idea that we need to share the successes we were having at our school and three years later, the book Yoga for Children with Visual Impairments was born. 

 
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During those three years, I got married and had two beautiful, spunky boys of my own. They keep me on my toes and love yoga almost as much as I do. I love getting to watch them develop through yoga as well. Plus, they make great guinnea pigs for new yoga ideas! 

 

 
 

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