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Moira leads groups and private sessions for children and adults looking to improve mobility, coordination, strength, and balance. 

 

Her focus is using recreational activities: bikes, scooters, yoga, and swimming to challenge, motivate, and evoke new motor learning in children and adults. Whether you need a bike adapted to accommodate a special need, personalized coaching, or a dynamic group teacher, Moira can guide you in the best course of action.

In addition to working with children with special needs such as autism (ASD), cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and Rett's syndrome, she has also worked with adults with a range of issues from back and neck pain, to hip replacements, shoulder injuries, and managing prosthetic limbs.

 

Originally trained as a Feldenkrais practitioner and a Physiotherapy Assistant, Moira has a wealth of insights and strategies to help people move better and feel better – and the patience and creativity to help them enjoy the process!

 

Moira leads groups and private sessions for children and adults looking to improve mobility, coordination, strength, and balance. 

 

She uses recreational activities: bikes, scooters, yoga, and swimming to challenge, motivate, and evoke new motor learning in children and adults. Whether you need a bike adapted to accommodate a special need, personalized coaching, or a dynamic group teacher, Moira can guide you in the best course of action.

In addition to working with children with special needs such as autism (ASD), cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and Rett's syndrome, she has also worked with adults with a range of issues from back and neck pain, to hip replacements, shoulder injuries, and managing prosthetic limbs.

 

Originally trained as a Feldenkrais practitioner and a Physiotherapy Assistant, Moira has a wealth of insights and strategies to help people move better and feel better – and the patience and creativity to help them enjoy the process!

email: moira.dragonalley@gmail.com

 

 

In these dynamic yoga classes, children improve coordination, balance, strength and self-regulation through a combination of yoga poses, games and a short meditation.

 

A visual schedule and choice-making cards as well as rhythmic and dance elements are used to engage children and support the flow of the class. 

Children improve physical skills, self-regulation, and social skills.

Adapting bikes and teaching children with special needs to ride

Yoga for children with special needs

Moira teaches children age 2-10 how to ride bikes. She specializes in adapting bikes and teaching methods to meet children's needs, and developing children's skills so they can ride as independently as possible.

For children who can't yet walk, or do so with difficulty, biking provides a wonderful sense of independence and adventure while building strength, agility and coordination.

 

For children with autism (ASD) and/or sensory, self-regulation, or communication issues, learning to ride a bike is a beautifully concrete activity that allows them to work their muscles and their minds in a way that boosts strength, confidence, focus, communication and sequencing.

 

Swimming for children with special needs

Swimming is a great way to inspire playful exploration, new movement patterns, and myriad sensory experiences. 

It gives children who can't yet walk, or do so with difficulty, a wonderful opportunity to move more freely, and feel their whole body working together. In the water, they can play with their friends and family in a fun new ways.

 

Children with autism (ASD) and/or sensory, self-regulation often really enjoy water play: it's an activity that engages all their senses, expands their movement repertoire, and promotes strength, coordination and confidence.