September 11, 2014

RANCHO ENCINITAS ACADEMY EXPANDS YOGA PROGRAM TO MIDDLE SCHOOL, IMPLEMENTS SOCIAL THINKING CURRIUCULUM IN EDISON PROGRAM

Posted in REA News tagged , , , , , at 12:17 am by ranchoencinitasacademy

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REA & Edison Academy yoga teacher, Nicole Baron, instructs students in 5/6 grade

Middle school students at Rancho Encinitas Academy (REA) will have yoga added to their curriculum for the school year 2014-15. Additionally, students in the school’s Edison Academy program will participate in Social Thinking, a treatment framework and curriculum developed by renowned Speech & Language Pathologist, Michelle Garcia Winner. Social Thinking focuses on improving students’ social communication and interaction abilities, regardless of a diagnostic label.

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For more than 10 years, yoga has been a favorite class for the primary grade students

For the past 10 years, lower school students at REA have benefited from a yoga program designed to help reduce stress and maintain a sense of well-being. With more studies presenting the benefits of yoga in a wide range of health issues, including a growing body of evidence showing positive effects in children and teens, director Paul Wulle made the decision to expand the program school wide. “We are thrilled to be able to extend our yoga program to the entire student body,” says Wulle. “We are confident it will be well-received by students and parents, and will add to the overall stress-free learning environment we strive for,” he adds.

Meanwhile, REA’s sister school, Edison Academy will officially launch its Social Thinking program facilitated by Christine Lotierzo, a certified Speech & Language Pathologist specializing in pediatric communication disorders. Ms. Lotierzo, who completed the Social Thinking Clinical Training Program, has been working with small groups of Edison Academy students for two years, but this year all students in the Edison program will receive instruction. “We believe students who are better equipped to interact with others will be more confident, socially capable, and connected to their communities. We’re enthusiastic about giving our students the opportunity to participate in this valuable, research-based program,” says Karey Jaeger, director of Edison Academy.

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