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Can children with Autism or ADHD learn meditation?

In my experience of teaching meditation (sometimes called mindfulness) autism - mindfulness for kids with SENI’ve noticed over the years how it’s become a popular way to help adults and children reduce the symptoms of stress and support a healthier lifestyle.

From teaching, I already knew how effective meditation was for kids, but I asked myself “could children, with additional support needs, learn meditation?  Can young people with autism or ADHD benefit from mindful activities?”

Well let me assure you – yes they can.  Most important of all, you are more than capable of teaching them this life skill.

Since 2003, I have been guiding adults in how to teach children and teens meditation.  From this experience I have witnessed many of the benefits associated with meditation (improved focus/concentration, self regulation, improved sleep patterns and emotional intelligence) are available to children with special needs.

I developed The Connected Kids programme – that takes adults on the journey of learning how to teach this.

In the foundation level we learn how to develop bespoke meditations and mindful activities that suit the needs of the child.

Some of my top tips from this course (if you are working with a child with special educational needs are):

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Should meditation be compulsory for the school curriculum?

Today I was browsing social media and read the headline ‘should meditation be compulsory in our schools?’ mum and child meditating

Now as someone who has taught and campaigned for children and young people to learn meditation and mindfulness for the past 17 years, you think my automatic answer would be a resounding ‘YES’!

But actually it isn’t…and I’ll tell you why.

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High energy children – trying to teach them meditation

Expert advice about high energy children and mindful meditation

Listen to the founder of Connected Kids present a few ideas when trying to teach high energy children meditation and mindfulness.

Want to know more?

Foundation course – to teach your kids and teens learn how to teach kids meditation - learn more buttonmindful meditation

Professional Training – to become a verified learn how to teach kids mindfulness professionally - learn more buttonKids Meditation Teacher

Teach Children Meditation Books – learn more read more to teach kids meditationabout the benefits of meditation for kids including those with SEN/Autism/Anxiety/ADHD

Free Meditation downloads for children/teens/autism – created by the international trainer, expert and founder of Connected Kids programme. learn how to teach kids meditation - learn more button

 

How does ‘grounding’ reduce kids’ anxiety?

2 Easy ways to help kids ground their energy

What does it mean if we feel ‘ungrounded’?girl practising meditation

This is a question I ask my Connected Kids students when they are learning to teach kids meditation.

It is one of the simplest ways to remedy our energy yet we often don’t notice what ‘being ungrounded’ is (until things really go pear-shaped!)

Being ungrounded means

  • feeling overwhelmed
  • unable to think clearly
  • in the fight/flight/freeze response
  • sensitive to others/environment triggering strong reactions
  • unable to sleep easily
  • poor coordination
  • poor attention on a task
  • never completing anything
  • wanting to eat and graze
  • tension in the body
  • unable to relax and switch off

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New online talk – this month

The 3 things your child needs for mental health – online talkhands touching to make a heart - child mental health and meditation

We’ve just announced our next online talk

It’s about using meditation and mindfulness to support the 3 things your child needs for mental health development.

There are limited places – the talk is live and available as a recording too. find out more - child mental health and mindfulness talk

 

Useful links…

  • Connected Kids foundation  course – online or in-class) (This is the gateway to our professional level)
  • Books – Calm Kids (beginners) or Connected Kids (working with special needs/anxiety).
  • Free Meditation downloads for children/teens/autism – created by the international trainer, expert and founder of Connected Kids programme. learn how to teach kids meditation - learn more button