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Mindfulness offers powerful tools for enhancing coping and well-being, and a growing body of research shows that children, as well as adults, can harness its benefits. Packed with effective ideas, this book focuses on building core mindfulness skills with kids and teens in diverse settings. Contributors combine mindfulness expertise, developmental knowledge, clinical acumen, and real-world teaching experience. Accessible and inspiring, the book provides strategies that can be implemented immediately in the classroom, child therapy office, or community.
Featuring sample lesson plans, model scripts, case studies, and more, the book presents techniques and building blocks for readers to use creatively in their own work. Chapters describe how to introduce contemplative practices to specific populations: preschoolers, school-age kids, and teens, including at-risk youth and those with special needs. Strategies for overcoming common obstacles, engaging kids with different learning styles, and working with parents are explored. Also discussed in depth are ways to incorporate present-focused awareness into a broad range of children’s activities, such as movement, sports, music, games, writing, and art. Throughout, readers receive invaluable tips for introducing relevant practices to kids in a manner they can relate to, and also for developing and deepening their own mindfulness practice. The concluding section reviews the evidence base for offering mindfulness to youth and explains what scientists have learned about why and how these practices work.
A unique resource that meets a growing demand, this book will be read with interest by mental health professionals and educators who work with children and teens of all ages.