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Mind/body Techniques for Asperger's Syndrome

The Way of the Pathfinder

By Ron Rubio, Irene Brody (Foreword by), Anthony Castrogiovanni (Introduction by)

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Format: Paperback, 151 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 07 May 2008
'After a few sessions with you, Nathan became aware of how he was carrying himself. We noticed a change in his gait. He was straighter, taller and more assertive in his walking. His gait was that of a confident man...He beamed with pride as I went on and on about how differently he presented himself. It shook me up!' - letter to Ron Rubio from the mother of a 22-year-old client with Asperger's Syndrome People with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) typically experience difficulty with balance, coordination and sensory awareness. The mind/body exercises in this book help young people with AS improve these skills, leading to greater self-confidence, and independence. Easy to use, with photographs to show how exercises are done correctly, these techniques can have an immediate effect on how an individual stands, sits, moves, thinks of him- or herself, and relates to others. The author's approach integrates ideas and practices from disciplines including martial arts, Eastern principles of mindfulness, techniques of visualization, breathing, posture, and movement, and the practice of mentoring. Mind/Body Techniques for Asperger's Syndrome is an introduction to Pathfinder training techniques for both parents of adolescents with AS and professionals including physical therapists, pediatricians, and special education teachers who work with them.

Table of Contents

Preface. Foreword by Dr. Irene Brody. Introduction by Dr. Anthony Castrogiovanni. 1. Introduction to Core Concepts of Pathfinder Mentoring. 2. The Breath Foundation: Being Grounded. 3. Mindfulness: Taming the "Chattering Mind." 4. Standing on Your Own Two Feet. 5. Posture, Presence and Extension. 6. The Power of Movement. 7. The Rites of Passage. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Ron Rubio is Director of the Pathfinder Mentoring Services and the High Point Mountain Aikikai and BodyKi Centre in New York state, and works with males aged 8 to 33 years who have Asperger's syndrome. He has a Yondan (4th degree) black belt in aikido and has practiced the martial arts for over 20 years and has been a professional martial artist and instructor in aikido (Japanese), capoeira (Brazilian) and close combat. He also had a long career as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher.

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"After a few sessions with you, Nathan became aware of how he was carrying himself. We noticed a change in his gait. He was straighter, taller and more assertive in his walking. His gait was that of a confident man... He beamed with pride as I went on and on about how differently he presented himself. It shook me up!"- from a letter to Ron Rubio from a mother of a 22-year-old client with Asperger's Syndrome

EAN: 9781843108757
ISBN: 1843108755
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Dimensions: 24.54 x 17.37 x 0.94 centimetres (0.31 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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