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OT Corner: Teaching Mindfulness to Children

[Source: Your Therapy Source]

if you have not yet instituted regular rituals with your children that develop mindfulness, it’s time. The research from neuroscience, education, child development, and positive psychology all agree. Practices that cultivate self-awareness and the ability to self-care, such as teaching mindfulness to children, enhance social-emotional learning and executive functions. They also nurture a positive affect or attitude, which has been shown to widen our literal and figurative vision. We know that feeling good, connected, and cared about improves problem-solving, academic performance, creativity, resilience, and health. In other words, not taking time to regularly participate in some kind of mindful exercise is actually inhibiting student potential and progress.

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