Balance is crucial to many daily life activities and is an indicator of independence. The addition of yoga has been shown to improve balance deficits in children, self-reported healthy adults, elderly individuals, and those with Other Health Impairments such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Yoga is a holistic method, incorporating mind, body, and soul. This holistic method is what occupational therapy operates under as well, allowing the two to work in tandem for the improvement of balance. This study explored the effects of implementing yoga to students receiving occupational therapy services for balance deficits. The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency balance subtest was planned to be used as a measure to determine pre and post-test scores of the participants after 3 yoga sessions. The results of this study were deemed inconclusive due to the study being cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, anecdotal evidence suggests balance confidence improved.
Semester/Year of Award
Mary W. Cook
Mentor Professional Affiliation
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Open Access Thesis
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
IRB Approval Number (if applicable)
Hunley, Amelia J., "The Effects of Yoga on Balance for Elementary School Aged Children Receiving Occupational Therapy" (2020). Honors Theses. 743.