Worcester, MA (PRWEB) May 22, 2012
Ivy Child International (Ivy Child), a nonprofit that practices cross-cultural positive psychology to help children, families, and communities across the globe is launching a specialized Yoga and Mindfulness program for teens and children with cancer and their families. The Program aims to offer natural stress relief and help pediatric cancer patients and their families respond positively to anxiety, depression, fatigue, and other side effects of cancer treatment. The structure of the program is derived from research supporting the benefits of the integration of yoga and mindfulness into existing courses of treatment.
Founder of Ivy Child, Rose Pavlov, explains, “We all deal with stress but how we respond and cope with it is an essential skill. If we teach children how to regulate their emotions by identifying triggers of negative emotion and then assist them in utilizing appropriate and constructive outlets, they are better able to overcome environmental stressors in daily life as well as severe physiological stressors, such as chronic illness and intensive treatments.”
Ivy Child recently completed a 16-week certificate program at SALMON Center for Early Education, Worcester, MA to astute appreciation from the teachers and parents of children involved in the program. The participants showed significant improvement in managing their emotions, and subsequently, their behaviors.
Ivy Child believes that chronically ill children and their caregivers can experience the same results. Yoga and Mindfulness, combined with other natural therapeutic methods, have shown positive improvements in those suffering from extreme health conditions. Recent cancer research studies estimate that over 75% of cancer patients incorporate complementary and alternative medicine (from dietary changes to movement therapy) in their treatment regimen.
How Yoga and Mindfulness Helps in Pediatric Cancer Treatment and Recovery
Yoga can help with recovery from cancer treatments by improving sleep patterns, reducing fatigue, improving flexibility, and increasing energy levels.
Children with cancer diagnosis experience distress and anxiety because of the disease and its treatment. Parents experience stress and anxiety because of the uncertainty of the disease and the suffering of their children. A study conducted in a Minnesota hospital showed that adolescents experienced a significant decrease in anxiety with an improved sense of well-being after even just a single session of yoga. They had a median score of 41 on the Spielberger State Trait Anxiety Inventory decreasing to 28 (P = .04).
The Mindfulness techniques integrated in the specialized program, such as the Feelings Chart™ and Pavlov’s Calming Hands™, assist children and teens with identifying the most nuanced, complex emotions and controlling stress triggers, which play a significant role in managing the rigors of cancer treatment.
In addition to Yoga and Mindfulness, Ivy Child also offers children, caregivers, teachers, and administrators programs such as Bullying Prevention and Leadership and Multicultural and Music Education, to teach conflict resolution and mediation skills and to cultivate cross-cultural understanding in schools, after-school programs, and community centers. For details on programs: http://ivychild.org/programs
For questions on hosting or participating in Ivy Child programs, please contact:
Rose Pavlov at phone number: 508-299-7905 or email: rpavlov(at)ivychild(dot)org