As we, as a society, become more aware of the importance for the social and emotional well-being of our children, one topic that you may hear related to these concerns is mindfulness. As Juliann Garey, from the Child Mind Institute states in her article Mindfulness in the Classroom, “Mindfulness is quite the buzzword these days.” So if it’s just a buzzword, is it really worthy of our attention?
Many experts believe that answer to be a resounding…YES!
Ms. Garey goes on to put the concept of mindfulness into simple terms of “just paying careful attention to your body, your thoughts, and what’s around you.” Which is ultimately a way for children to calm their emotions. “The ultimate goal of mindfulness is to teach children to have awareness of their emotions and then learn how to better control them.”
Mindfulness for Kids shares that “When we teach mindfulness to children, we give them the tools they need to build confidence, cope with stress, and relate to uncomfortable or challenging moments.” And three skills critical to early development are shaped by mindfulness, which include:
For those of you with children who have ADHD or learning disabilities, or just simply struggle in school, these points may sound familiar. And, if you know Springer or have attended one of our workshops or professional development, you have most likely encountered the topic of executive functioning.
That’s right…by utilizing the concept of mindfulness, children can begin to improve the skills associated with executive functioning. In other words, paying attention, self-control, organizing, shifting and flexibility.
Wanting to learn more about mindfulness and how to help your child develop this skill? Join us August 30, 2022 for Preparing Your Child for Positive School Experiences, and help us welcome Springer’s newest team member Tara Willig, Senior Director of Special Programs, as she shares her experience and knowledge on trauma-informed, holistic educational approaches. Click HERE to register!
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