Graduate Annual


As the prevalence of autism increases in our society, so does the need for effective therapeutic and educational interventions. Through the research of Radhakrishna (2010), Rosenblatt (2011) and others, yoga has emerged as a possible effective tool to increase a child’s ability to focus, as well as quell anxiety and sensory related environmental triggers. This paper investigates research supporting this initiative and implements the practice for an eleven year old boy with autism. The objective of this action research is to answer the question: Can yoga be used as an integrated therapy for children on the autism spectrum to increase the amount of time they can focus? After the intervention is explained, I will reflect upon its achievements and disappointments in hopes of implementing yoga more successfully as a behavioral intervention in the future.