Yoga for the Special Child does kind of make me wonder something I've been wondering a lot lately: why are so many theories and articles and organizations relating to people with special needs geared mostly toward children? The children with more significant disabilties eventually become adults with disabilities, but a lot of people would have you think these people just disappear.
Yesterday I made some edits to the Down syndrome article on Wikipedia, changing "child with Down syndrome" to "individual with Down syndrome" in the instances when the reference wasn't specific to children, such as discussion of characteristic facial features or typical IQ ranges. I also noticed when poking around on the links that most of the Down syndrome websites feature pictures and stories mainly of children with Down's, as do most of the disability association websites.
Why is this? Is it that we only value people with Down's or other disabilities while they still have the "cute" poster-child thing going for them? Is it that we're more comfortable with these folks when they're at the age that their "correct" role in society is one of being dependent, but then become less comfortable with them when they don't "fit" because they're older and are still dependent to an extent?
I've looked through the information for the Yoga for the Special Child program, and I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be just as useful with adults with special needs. I would want to use it with my current clients with severe/profound multiple disabilities as well as offer it to more "typical" adults who need physically adapted yoga. A couple friends (one who's blind and one who has physical disabilities) have asked me if I know anywhere in the area that offers yoga, and short of working one-on-one with a physical therapist, I don't. I know of plenty of places with extensive movement and exercise classes for kids with disabilities.
It's the same with every other activity. I can find sports and social groups and just about everything else for my clients who are under about 20, but not a whole lot for anyone older. The programs for kids are usually well done and really normalizing, while the programs for adults can be downright patronizing and offensive.
So why the focus on kids? Is it some sort of heroism thing? That we might have some hope of "fixing" kids through these offerings, but we've given up on folks once they become adults? And/or do people have less interest working with people who aren't cute kids anymore?