Sensory Profiles in Therapeutic Yoga: Working with Clients with Autism Spectrum Conditions

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The eight senses (visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, vestibular, proprioception and interoception) are the medium through which we experience the physical world, these make up our sensory profile. Each of us have a unique sensory profile which impacts both on our perception and experience of life and living. In this lecture we will consider how being aware of our own sensory profile, including the senses in which we may have some hyper-(over) or hypo-(under) sensitivity, and the sensory profile of our clients can support our work in the therapeutic yoga space.

We will consider how increasing our understanding of our sensory profile and that of our clients within the therapeutic yoga space can support work with all pockets of the population, and particularly with people with sensory processing differences and/or autism spectrum conditions. 

In this 45-minute talk, you will learn:

  • About the eight senses and how we each have a unique sensory profile
  • How to increase your understanding of your sensory profile and that of your clients
  • How to consider the sensory profile within the therapeutic yoga space, particularly with clients who process senses differently
 
Your Presenter:
 
Dr Nicole Schnackenberg is a child, community and educational psychologist; yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Nicole is a director of the Yoga in Healthcare Alliance and a trustee of the Give Back Yoga Foundation UK. Nicole has authored books on food and body image struggles: 'False Bodies, True Selves: Moving Beyond Appearance-Focused Identity Struggles and Returning to the True Self' and 'Bodies Arising: Fall in Love with your Body and Remember your Divine Essence'. She co-authored 'The Parent's Guide to Body Dysmorphic Disorder' and co-edited, 'Reflections on Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Stories of Courage, Determination and Hope'.  

A Note on Seva (Service):
 
Many of our faculty donate their time and receive no compensation from course fees. The funds we raise through this platform go to support Give Back Yoga Foundation and its key initiatives: mat donations, small grants, and not-for-profit yoga programs for people facing addiction, eating disorders, cancer, incarceration, and PTSD. Learn more about our work here