Mindfulness ProgrammesFor ages 3 - 16
There are 3 programmes for children aged between 3 and 16 years old.
A four-week programme for children aged 3 – 6
A six-week programme for children aged 7 – 11
A six-week programme for young people aged 12 – 16
All three programmes have been developed specifically for children and young people, appropriate for the different age ranges.
The key components fo rhe programmes include:
- Learning and encouraging awareness of our inner and outer world
- How to use mindfulness in our daily lives
- Learning to control or lessen impulsive/automatic responses
- Learning how to utilise mindful responses to stress
- Replacing unhelpful thinking processes
- Learning to love yourself
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Mindfulness training can help young people improve their self-esteem and emotional regulation. Through learning to have greater awareness of thoughts and emotions, it’s possible for children to exercise greater control without getting overwhelmed. Learning to explore ‘how I’m feeling’ with greater calmness and curiosity helps stop stress levels rising beyond the point of ability to cope.
Mindfulness training can provide children with ways to improve their skills in relation to:
- Connecting with peers
- Being aware
- Being in the here and now
- Letting things be
- Determining a strategy
- Being and responding calmly
- Attuning to others
The way mindfulness is taught depends on the individual child
Having fun is all part of learning
Holding a child’s attention long enough to teach them anything can sometimes be a struggle. When teaching mindfulness to children the focus is on having fun and presenting mindfulness exercises in an engaging way with the help of simple props that you can easily make at home.
If children don’t want to engage with sessions delivered remotely there are options available for working outdoors. Spending time in nature is great for relaxation and stress reduction.
A few statistics
Did you know?
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. Anxiety, leading to depression and behavioural issues, are often a direct response to what is happening, or has happened in their lives.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, 70% of young people under the age of 18 who experience a mental health problem will not have had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
However, the good news is that studies of young people under 18 who have learned mindfulness awareness techniques demonstrate higher levels of emotional control, optimism, and empathy. Improvments in memory, planning and organisation have also shown to be greater than those who’ve not learned anything about mindfulness.
Studies of children practising some kind of mindful awareness techniques have shown
- Reduced behaviour problems and aggression
- Improvement in ability to maintain attention.
- Improvement in memory, planning and organisation
Regular Mindfulness practise can deliver significant benefits to children and young people.
Time to pause…… and relax
Susan Collini has worked in mainstream education with children from 5 – 16, with a focus on special needs. Susan is also a qualified Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Teacher, Forest School Leader and Social Forester.
Due to the ongong Covid-19 situation Susan delivers many sessions remotely on zoom, which doesn’t appeal to some children at all, it has to be said. Generally, with children, Susan prefers to meet face to face and uses a beautiful, tranquil ancient woodland setting in East Northants for this purpose.
Susan is very keen to promote the wellbeing benefits of children connecting with nature and is constantly amazed by the transformations whe witnesses when a child is immersed in nature for a two-hour period.
What Nature immerson delivers to children is mental and physical relaxation and emotional regulation and they can learn this without the ‘M’ word being mentioned. Later on, through chat around the camp fire, children have opportunit to reflect on how they feel in nature, as opposed to how they can feel at school or even at home. Noticing there is a difference is the first step they take to learning to be mindful, and understanding how Mindfulness can benefit them in their day to day lives. Read the blog post.
Would you like to have a no-obligation chat to see if mindfulness might be helpful for your child?
Learning mindfulness helps:
- Improve sleep
- Strengthen self-control
- Lower anxiety and stress levels
- Improve focus
- Increase positive moods
- Boost self esteem
- Inform better decision making
- Improve health and body image attitudes
- Improve social skills and communication
- Improve health and body image
- Boost academic performance