Breathe In and Play: Mindfulness Practice with Children
June 6–7, 2017
Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work; Kitchener, ON
Mindfulness is increasingly being shared with children in educational, medical, mental health, community and home settings. Research shows that mindfulness practice with children can reduce stress, improve emotion regulation, foster academic learning, reduce anxiety, increase executive function and promote overall well-being.
This experiential workshop will offer an introduction to teaching mindfulness to children that is informed by the intersecting knowledge of mindfulness and neurobiology. Through story, art, music, movement and ‘formal’ practice, participants will learn to share mindfulness and neuroscience-info with children and families in age-appropriate, playful and creative ways. Participants will also have the opportunity to lead mindfulness-based practices and inquiry aimed at children and families. With step-by-step scaffolding, participants will further develop their skills and confidence in sharing mindfulness with children.