Mindful Schools Program
MINDFULNESS WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Studies on the use and effects of this technique in education are growing. Research to date shows that Mindfulness helps promote concentration, a very important factor particularly with the increasing use of technology; increases self-awareness, that is, recognizing emotions; increases impulse control by creating a space of awareness between the perception of impulses and the response to them; reduces stress by allowing one to return to calm when necessary; and increases empathy for self and others (Roeser, 2015). All factors that succeed in modulating school discomfort and preventing school dropout.
WHAT HAPPENS IN KIDS' BRAINS AFTER PRACTICING MINDFULNESS?
Several neuroscientific researches already conducted on the use of Minduflness in education show improvements in the social, emotional, physical and mental lives of children and adolescents. There is evidence that, after a two-month mindfulness program, structural changes are achieved at the brain level; that is, the pre-frontal cortex and the right anterior insula, (regions associated with attention, consciousness and the reprocessing of sensations), become enlarged. The amygdala, on the other hand, which regulates the reaction to stress and fear, shrinks.
MINDFUL SCHOOLS PROGRAM
The Mindful Schools Curriculum will consist of 6 to 12 classes of 50 minutes each, once a week. The course will include mindfulness exercises on: breathing, listening, thoughts, emotions, kindness and compassion, communication, eating, movement, testing and stressful situations in the classroom.
- To acquire attentional skills that enable children to center their minds in the present moment.
- Gain awareness of feelings, thoughts and their emotions.
- Foster impulse control and the ability to concentrate.
- Responding rather than reacting to external stimuli.
- Improving the degree of attention and concentration during school hours.
- Focusing attention and observing the sounds.
- Mindful breathing.
- A journey into body sensations.
- Attention to emotions.
- Attention to thoughts.
- Pleasant or unpleasant emotions.
- Eating with the 5 senses.
- Ddeveloping empathy, send kind thoughts.
- Moving mindfully.
- Calming down before an important event (tests, exams, essays, plays, etc.).
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