Nowadays children are busy with a variety of activities just like adults. They have issues with sleeping habits, they easily lose their attention and focus and are often subjects of impulsive reactions. By making children familiar with mindfulness at an early age, we empower them with the valuable skills connected with attention, concentration, and observation, teaching them to be in touch with their bodies, how to calm down and postpone their impulsive reactions.
The influence of Mindfulness has proved to be important in the development of calmness, leading to improved concentration and learning. Self-confidence is growing, as well as the development of compassion, patience and letting go of things that can’t be changed (acceptance). All these skills teach them to cope with short-term and long-term stressful situations, become friendly not only towards others but primarily toward oneself, and thanks to this we work towards reducing peer violence.
In working with children and young people ages from 6 to 19 (suitable for ages up to 25), we work according to the Eline Snel’s Mindfulness Matters method, for which we have been certified in 2016.
A program of 8-10 weeks is called Mindfulness Matters and it is created by Eline Snel, who was the first in Europe to start using Mindfulness in working with children and teenagers in schools, hospitals and private practice.
The program is based on the original Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for adults, especially adapted to children and teens aged from 5 to 19 years (although it can also be applied with youth under than 26). Her books: “Sitting still like a frog” for parents of younger children, and “Breath through this” for teenage parents have been translated into 27 languages, and her programs are implemented worldwide. The programs are run by coaches who graduated from the Academy for Mindful Teaching.
Children and teenagers during the course of the training work on the topics: attention and concentration, body and movement awareness, senses and perceptions, feelings and their acceptance, imagination, compassion, etc. Teenagers and youth also focus on topics of communication, stress, acceptance, patience, etc. Through conversation, exercises, movement, stories, drawings, games and many other interesting activities we train our attention.
Training can be held in groups or individually in private practice in our premises.
At the invitation of various educational institutions, institutes, youth offices, private schools, kindergartens, we are open to holding training for children and young people in these places as well.
For children of younger ages, the involvement of parents during the training is very important. Recommended literature for parents of children and teenagers is “Sitting still like a frog” and “Breath through this” by Eline Snel.