Talk Yoga Levels of Development Establishing, Boosting, Enriching
Will you be “establishing” speech and language? This stage includes introducing the basics of speech and language. This varies from using simple labels, or nouns, to simple verbs, and from understanding one- to two-step directions to understanding position words such as “in,” “on,” and “under.” Early sounds such as /b, p/ and /m/ would be introduced at the establishing stage. These yogis may be our clients or students who are not talking like other peers their age. Perhaps they were delayed in their language acquisition and were referred to a speech-language pathologist because they just were not talking. Or they could be the children who talk, but no one understands anything they say!
Boosting Level When we refer to “boosting” speech and language, we again are thinking of children who are slightly behind their peers in terms of development. Perhaps they are not using pronouns properly, or their syntax is slightly off. They may be struggling to remember or use shapes or color words, or other labels of familiar objects. Their speech may be difficult to understand, and sounds such as /k, g/ and /t, d/ may be used incorrectly or not at all.
Enriching Level As we move into the practice of “enriching” speech and language development, we are referring to a practice that uses the movement of yoga to introduce children to new vocabulary, descriptive words, position words, past tense, future tense, and a variety of pronouns. Using poses and flows, we engage and encourage the children to use their newly acquired expressive language skills, paired with their well-practiced skills of observing and listening, to lead the class in a variety of activities.