(Guest blog written by one of our Connected Kids Level 1 Students from Denmark…)
Many children with ADHD have difficulty falling asleep at night, and parents of children with ADHD often see that their children rarely seem to be rested when it is time to go to school.
When children go to school or kindergarten feeling tired, it means that their internal battery is not fully charged. They get into conflict more easily, find it harder to stay focused, and their emotions are unstable because of a poor night’s sleep.
Yoga and Mindful Activities for Anger in Kids
We are delighted to share some words of wisdom written by one of our Connected Kids Tutors, Yvonne Payne.
Yvonne has been working with children using mindful activities and yoga to help them focus and manage strong emotions such as anger.
Yvonne had been telling us about 2 different sessions that were creative and inspirational so we asked her to share this direct experience with you. We hope you find it useful.
“I’ve been working with two boys – each on a 121 basis. The journey so far has helped me change my approach to yoga and meditation – helping me to teach in an intuitive way.
Here’s an insight into their background.” Continue reading
I had good intentions…
I wanted to write an post about perception and how we what we see and perceive is what we experience. It’s how our brain works and how it helps us interpret life.
If our brain is wired differently then it can be challenging to respond to life in the way we want to (until we become aware of this – aka having a meditation practice makes you aware of this!)
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a condition very close to my heart as I see kids who benefit from learning easy, simple mindful activities that help them out of their stressed state.
They enter that state very easily as they basically live there. It’s not an easy existence and while I don’t think meditation is the/only answer, I do feel we need to give kids/young adults experiencing this, all the help they can.
Plus we need to be informed and make informed decisions.
A very kind person, Patricia Sarmiento, at public health corps, sent me some really useful information which I hope you can share.
Creating a comfortable, home environment for kids with ADHD >>>
Talking to your kids teachers about ADHD >>>
Helpful activities for ADHD >>>
Plus my own blog piece I did a few months ago …
Teaching kids with ADHD how to feel calm with meditation >>>
With 6.4 million children in the USA and 132,000 children in the UK having been diagnosed with ADHD… something has got to change.
For a long time I’ve been banging on about children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) moving and fidgeting because they are ungrounded and the movement is their way of trying to rebalance – not intentionally be disruptive.
A recent study now shows that kids with ADHD must move to learn. At last we are all waking up to this – hurrah!
Many of us have felt this for a long time yet society has tried to control it with drugs or labelling them as disruptive. This research shows us that there is another way. Collectively we must wake up to this and see what these kids are teaching us!
So how can meditation help – surely that involves sitting still! (not initially) Continue reading
Some quick tips on how to help children eat mindfully – bringing meditation into to day to day activities.
Learn how to teach kids meditation (online course)
Calm Kids book >>>
Connected kids courses worldwide >>>
I am planning a 2nd book which will focus on teaching meditation to children
with special needs and or who have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD or Autism.
If you would like to take part in the research (there are a limited number of places) Please complete the form below. The information from the case studies will be published (anonymously) in my book.
Application deadline is 28th February 2013.
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I started up our facebook page ‘Teach Children Meditation Campaign’ to bring this subject to people’s attention and gather support. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that in just over a year we would have over 10,000 people liking our page. I am totally humbled by this wealth of support – thank you to each and every person who (like me) feels strongly about this subject.
I wasn’t sure what to do to celebrate the occassion, so I decided to do a special, special offer on my book ‘Calm Kids’ and the CDs for children/teenagers I have produced. So here it is. I’ll run it till the end of the month and hope you enjoy the words I share both in print form and spoken on the CD – as always they come from my heart.