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Can Mindfulness Really Help Children with SEND?

mindfulness-and-sendThe use of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, or MBCT to support and aid children with SEND has been studied for several years now. This is a complex and very varied subject but I felt you might benefit from me bringing together some helpful information and studies on the subject. I hope to help you make an informed decision about the children you are working with.

Anyone who has ever worked with children knows that to give a blanket “this always works” response to any issue is a huge mistake. All children are different. All will respond very differently to the approaches we try. Having a few generalities can be helpful though so we know what it is worth trying.

ADHD and Mindfulness

Are you affected by ADHD and want to know more about using mindfulness? These articles are a wonderful starting point.

Mindfullyadd

http://psychcentral.com/lib/mindfulness-skills-useful-in-addressing-adhd/

Suffice to say that it has been proven that 8 out of 10 people felt that they were less affected by the condition after they embarked on a programme of mindfulness.

ASD and Mindfulness

When affected by ASD a person will often struggle to shut off their internal monologue. They may get stuck in the “doing” mode of life. By encouraging mindfulness we can enables them to feel more comfortable in the “being” mode.

For more information please read:

Autismandmindfulness.org

I hope you will find this a valuable resource, it gives a list to many sources of information and research.

Research Autism

Other conditions

Interestingly there is now considerable evidence that mindfulness benefits conditions as diverse as eating disorders, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue. It is also shown to improve relationships and improved self esteem.

If you are interested in this subject or there are specific conditions you would like information regarding, let me know and I will guide you as best I can or point you in the direction of more research materials. I am acutely aware that however many conditions I include in a post like this there will be people who feel I have missed their condition. I have focused on the most popular issues in schools. I would love to help you if you have specific questions or needs that you require help with.