Yoga originated in India as a spiritual discipline thousands of years ago and relatively recently has been borrowed and adapted for use in health care as a complementary practice alongside conventional therapies as well as for use in educational settings. Limited research has been carried out regarding yoga as a complementary practice in speech-language therapy. This study investigated how yoga is used as a complementary practice in current speech-language therapy, including how commonly it is used in speech-language therapy and its perceived benefits as identified by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), SLP assistants (SLP-As), and SLP students (SLP-Ss). A mixed methods design was employed. Using the survey research method, a voluntary online multiple-choice survey was given to SLPs, SLP-As, and SLP-Ss who provide speech-language therapy to children and/or adults in a variety of settings. The study concluded that, despite approximately half of the participants in the study expressing positive views about yoga, very few incorporated yoga as a complementary practice into conventional speech-language therapy. Participants used yoga in a non-systematic way with many localized adaptations depending on client population and treatment setting. Qualitative analysis using narrative inquiry of the short answers showed that participants generally incorporate yoga as a complementary practice into speech-language therapy in ways that are based on their own personal experiences and are shaped by their beliefs, values, workplace policies, and client needs.
|Commitee:||Eckmann, Terry, Huston, Mary|
|School:||Minot State University|
|School Location:||United States -- North Dakota|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Speech therapy, Kinesiology|
|Keywords:||integrative therapy, speech-language therapy, yoga|
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