Pictures: Yoga For Autism
The four students at the American School for the Deaf, sitting on mats in the cafeteria, take direction from yoga instructor Aaron West, while interpreter Vicki Watson translates into sign language. The poses are fairly typical for a class of first-timers, but before the class began, the school's staff members weren't sure how the students would take to it. Age 15 to 17, most of the students were not just deaf, but also autistic. This is the first time the school has offered a yoga program for its autistic students. MORE: American School For The Deaf Begins Yoga Program For Its Students With Autism
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Yoga For Autism
Aaron Weston, of New Britain, (right) teaches a yoga class to students at the American School for the Deaf. Carlos Martinez, a residential counselor at ASD (second from left) helps a student with autism try the postures that Weston is demonstrating. The six-week program is aimed to help autistic students and others from the PACES program (Positive Attitudes Concerning Education and Socialization) that provides for special needs students.