When to Refer Out: When & How to Refer Students Out for Diagnosis or Individual Assessment

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we provide specific situations in which it’s advisable to refer a student out for assessment before participating in a group class.


Know when it’s advisable to refer students out for diagnosis or individual assessment and how to be prepared to do so.


Describe a way to lessen the likelihood that students will attend a class that is not a good fit for them. Describe six symptoms that may indicate a need for immediate medical care. Name five conditions for which it’s advisable to refer students to work individually with an expert before attending a group class. Describe three ways to respond to students who are experiencing a condition outside the teacher’s qualifications and experience. Describe the questions students need to ask their healthcare provider in order to guide decisions about safely practicing yoga in the case of surgery, injury or serious condition.

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