S.T.O.P. and Relax© was designed by a yoga instructor, psychologist, and two special education teachers to teach relaxation skills to children with autism, Asperger’s, ADD, anxiety, or other challenges that cause problem behaviors or “meltdowns.” Our goal was to create an effective program that is easy to use in the school, clinic, or home.
Louise J. Goldberg M.A., ERYT500, C-IAYT
Louise Goldberg is owner of Relaxation Now LLC and founder of Creative Relaxation®. She has been a yoga teacher since 1981 and is a certified yoga therapist and licensed massage therapist. She is the author of two books published by WW Norton: Classroom Yoga Breaks: Brief Exercises to Create Calm (2017) and Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs (2013). She is a co-author of S.T.O.P. and Relax, Your Special Needs Toolbox ©2006, updated 2014. Her DVD Yoga for Children ©2004 features children on the autism spectrum. Louise holds an MA in Reading Education and has taught English at the middle school, high school, and college levels. She is the owner/director of the Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, Florida, where she teaches yoga to children and adults of all ages and abilities, as well as advanced teacher trainings.
Louise leads professional trainings internationally on Creative Relaxation® Yoga for educators and therapists of children with varying abilities. She has been a consultant with the Broward Florida Schools for over 30 years and teaches yoga for the Dan Marino Center. She has presented at Kripalu Yoga in Schools Symposium, Learning and the Brain, National Kids Yoga Conferences, International Association of Yoga Therapists, and Autism Society of America.
Debra A. Krodman Collins, Ph.D.
NCSP /RYT – Psychologist and Registered Yoga Teacher
Debra Krodman-Collins, Ph.D., is a Florida licensed psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Prior to her 27 years with Florida’s Broward County Schools, Dr. Collins served with the Child Development Project, Ministry of Education, and Education Planning Team in Bermuda. She taught psychology as an adjunct professor at Bermuda College and Broward College. Dr. Collins’ work includes diagnostic evaluation of children’s learning and behavior, interventions to promote students’ progress, and trainings for psychologists, teachers, and parents. In these endeavors, she has had extensive experience with autism spectrum disorders and self-regulatory disorders at the preschool and elementary school levels. Dr. Collins has conducted presentations for local, state, national, and international conferences on psychology and education, including the Autism Society of America, Learning & the Brain, the Young Child Expo & Conference, and the International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities.
Sally Miller, M.Ed.
Special Education Teacher
Sally Miller, M.Ed. has worked with children in preschool and elementary settings since 1975. She moved into Special Education in 1990. In Broward County, Florida, Sally worked as a classroom teacher for students with autism, an autism coach to teachers, a parent group leader, a relaxation teacher, and an autism specialist. She subsequently worked as an Exceptional Student Education teacher and a general education art/music teacher in Santa Rosa County, Florida. Recently retired, she continues to teach relaxation to children in elementary schools. Sally is the creator of POCKETS, a learning tool for visual learners. She has presented at conferences for the Autism Society of America, CARD of South Florida, Cincinnati Autism Society, TEACCH, and the Council for Exceptional Children. Sally has practiced yoga for the past 18 years.
Daniela Morales, M.Ed.
Special Education Teacher
Daniela Morales,M.Ed., has worked directly with children in the autism spectrum in classroom and private settings for 20 years. She holds certifications in Special Education K-12, Pre- Kindergarten and Primary Education, ESOL and Educational Leadership. With a focus on organization and behavior management, Daniela’s work has included coordination of programs and progress monitoring for students in the autism spectrum who attend general education classes. Daniela has structured and supervised large school programs for students with mild to severe autism. She provides support to teachers and teacher assistants working with children with special needs and works with parents and families, offering parent trainings and behavioral support. Daniela has conducted workshops regarding the S.T.O.P. and Relax© program at conferences for Florida Exceptional Children and TEACCH International, in addition to Special Education trainings for the Broward County School District. Daniela is Co-Director of The Social Spectrum, a Speech/Language Therapy and Academic Tutoring center located in Boca Raton, Florida, where she offers small-group S.T.O.P. and Relax© classes.