Mindfulness for Children:
Applications for Classrooms and Family Rooms
Dr. Shelley Murphy recently joined Dr. Geoff Soloway, Founder of MindWell U, to speak about the benefits of mindfulness for children and families. Their conversation covered:
The science of mindfulness and how it impacts kids
How mindfulness supports growth and development of our children & families
Practical strategies for integrating mindfulness in the classroom and family life
Shelley has been a mindfulness practitioner and educator for over 20 years. She received a PhD from the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where she now teaches courses in Special Education, Mental Health and Well-being, and Mindfulness in Education. Her work as a teacher educator, author, speaker, and education consultant is also informed by her former role as an elementary school teacher and her research in the field. Her work was featured in Thich Nhat Hanh’s most recent book, “Happy Teachers Change the World” and his journal, The Mindfulness Bell. She most recently authored a book, Fostering Mindfulness: Building Skills That Students Need to Manage Their Attention, Emotions, and Behavior in Classrooms and Beyond published by Pembroke Publishers.
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Benefits of Mindfulness for Children
How Mindfulness Improves Attention
Tips for Teaching Children Mindfulness
Research Supporting Mindfulness for Children
Mindfulness for Teachers and Parents
When Can you Start Teaching Mindfulness to Kids?
If you enjoyed this webinar and would like to hear more from Dr. Murphy, you can purchase her book, Fostering Mindfulness: Building Skills That Students Need to Manage Their Attention, Emotions, and Behavior in Classrooms and Beyond here!
Other resources recommended by Dr. Murphy:
Kabat-Zinn, J. (2013). Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. New York: Bantam Books.
Treleaven, D. (2018). Trauma Informed Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Greenland, S. K. (2017). Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens Cards. Boston, Massachusetts: Shambhala Publications, Inc
Rechtschaffen, D. (2014). The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Saltzman, A. (2014). A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions. Oakland, California: New Harbinger Publications.
Willard, C. & Saltzman, A. (Eds.). (2015). Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. New York: Guilford Press.