Mindfulness for kids with ADHD, autism or special needs
Reducing anxiety and stress for children - all ages
This book takes you on a journey to help you develop meditation and mindful practices for children
Help kids with special needs through mindful, heartfelt activities
Mindful activities are a life skills that can help children and teens manage stress. In this sequel to her best-selling book ‘Calm Kids ’, author Lorraine Murray explains a range of methods to help you teach your child meditation using bespoke ideas and activities that suit their interests and abilities – particularly if there are additional support needs
This book offers practical advice and guidance and is ideal for educators, parents and professionals; accessible for all levels of experience.
The book contains many effective meditation and mindful tools for people to try with children on a personal or professional basis.
The book is based on the author's research involving case studies with families and professionals. The research explored different methods of reducing stress with mindful activities.
- Understanding how meditation can help benefit brain development
- Discovering how mindfulness enables emotional intelligence, self regulation and can improve learning.
- Practical advice on developing bespoke meditations for children with additional support needs
- A meditation ‘toolbag’ of different styles and ideas for children with different needs
- Simple calming methods for you and your children/teens
- Useful research demonstrating effective 'tried and tested' mindful methods with children who have special needs
Having dealt with high anxiety for much of my life, I have been overjoyed to find that meditation helps me to feel safe and calm, and to think clearly to distinguish between imagined threats and real threats. It has allowed me to open myself up to new experiences and to let go of the idea that if I can't be perfect, I shouldn't bother to try. My oldest son has demonstrated similar qualities since he was a toddler - he has been more than a little hesitant to try new things and slow to make friends. Like any good mom, I turned to the internet for help ;) I was lucky to find Lorraine's first book, Calm Kids. I loved the book so much that I decided to sign up for her course to teach meditation to children. Calm Kids is a great resource, but Lorraine's latest book, Connected Kids goes so much deeper.
This book truly is wonderful for the general population, but Lorraine's detailed work on challenges that people with autism face and several specific balancing mindful activities make this the best book that I have seen for helping kids feel their best. For example, if a child cannot tolerate the food on his plate, she suggests practicing a gratitude meditation before eating where the caregiver and child explore the journey of the food to the plate (imagine the food growing as a plant and thanking sun, soil, water, as well as the farmer who cared for it, etc.) Kids become less afraid of unfamiliar foods and textures as they think about the effort involved in getting the food from a seed in the ground all the way to their plates - I've seen this work in my own home!
I also love how at the end of each chapter, she asks the reader to check in with a centering thought for his or her own meditation practice. Having grounded children begins with having grounded caregivers. This is an excellent read with practical steps to follow (and also tips on how to advance to sensing what the child needs by having an open heart and mind rather than a strict plan to follow) - great for helping kids with special needs, as well as everyone else.
Available on Amazon - paperback and kindle
The book is available in different formats...
Paperback - This book is now available in paperback from Amazon - RRP £12.99 ($15.99)
E-format - The cost of the e-book is £2.49 ($3.55).
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