Occupational Therapy News: Become a Yogi

Does your child:

  • Have difficulties with balancing and lack muscular strength?
  • Display high energy and inability to calm their body/thoughts?
  • Struggle with social activities or participating in sport?
  • Demonstrate worried thoughts?
  • Take a long time to fall asleep at night?

It’s time for you and your child to become a ‘Yogi’ and discover what yoga is all about.

What does being a ‘Yogi’ involve?

Yoga has become a growing practice, which is used to assist children with a variety of fun and therapeutic exercises, poses and breathwork that aim to promote mindfulness and relaxation in a social group environment.

Why should you learn to be a ‘Yogi’?

Yoga teaches how the body and mind are connected and how we should be aware of ourselves. When children are engaged, focused and having fun while practicing yoga, they are in the present moment. This self-awareness of both body and mind helps children to be cautious in any situation. Yoga inspires children to be kind, patient, accepting, and emphatic with themselves and their peers.

Benefits of being a ‘Yogi’

Physical benefits

  • Builds core strength and body awareness
  • Develops muscles and gross motor skills
  • Improves balance and co-ordination

Emotional benefits

  • Eases anxiety or worried thoughts
  • Enables calm and relaxation feelings
  • Improves self-regulation (ability recognise and control our emotions)

Social benefits

  • Increases confidence and self-esteem

Cognitive benefits

  • Enhances concentration
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Prepares the body and mind for learning

Helpful resources

Cosmic kids – https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Yoga with animals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XCQfYsFa3Q

Learn yoga – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CITc2AxYnPY

News from the School Bus Service

This is a notice to any families NOT currently accessing transport assistance in 2018.

The School Bus Service offers transport assistance to families of students enrolled at the Fremantle Language Development Centre (Willagee, Bull Creek and Beeliar), by providing transport on an Orange School Bus or a Conveyance Allowance (petrol payment).

If you have not applied for or accessed transport assistance in 2018 but wish to access transport assistance in 2019, families must apply before Monday 19th November 2018 to ensure your application will be considered for the 2019 year. To apply for transport assistance you must apply online at schoolbuses.wa.gov.au. If you need assistance with this process please contact Penny in the office on 9312 4850.

PLEASE NOTE: This notice does not apply to families already enrolled on the Orange School Bus or accessing the Conveyance Allowance, as enrolment continues until the child no longer needs the service or leaves the Fremantle Language Development Centre.