Mindfulness interventions have been shown to help children become more aware of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, enhancing their social-emotional resiliency and the ability to make more skillful life choices. However, children (as the saying goes) are not just small adults. Anyone who has ever tried to make an eight-year-old child sit still for 40 minutes understands that adult mindfulness practices require significant modifications before inviting children to practice them.
Dr. Semple will describe some of the adaptations to adult mindfulness activities that are necessary to engage children while responding to their developmental needs. She will briefly describe the clinic and school-based child mindfulness programs that she has co-developed. During this talk, you will also have the opportunity to experience several child-friendly mindfulness activities.