We loved this beautiful video that really helps (mindfully) explain autism.
Being Connected Kids, our experience confirms (again and again) that we would also include teaching meditation to kids on the spectrum to reduce stressed behaviours.
VIDEO Meditation and mindfulness – to help kids on the Autism Spectrum – learn how to bring resillience, strength an calm into your parenting world. Mindful Parenting Foundation Course – not ready to become a professional teaching meditation? You can still benefit from our first phase which will help you create meditations your kids and teens will love. – to become a certified Kids Meditation Teacher Professional Training Teach Children Meditation Books – learn more
I listened to a webinar with Dr Temple Grandin. She’s on the autistic spectrum and has become a passionate spokesperson for kids on the spectrum.
I had a few lightbulb moments in how her observations and skills match how we teach kids meditation and mindfulness.
So I did my first YouTube livestream to share what I learned!
Hope you find it helpful.
This is the book I mention in the video… ‘Calling all Minds’ by Dr Temple Grandin
Meditation and mindfulness – to help kids on the Autism Spectrum – learn how to bring resillience, strength an calm into your parenting world. Mindful Parenting – to become a certified Kids Meditation Teacher Professional Training Teach Children Meditation Books – learn more
In my experience of teaching meditation (sometimes called mindfulness)
I’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.
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):
Continue reading Creating a space to teach mindfulness to kids with autism
We were asked a question about the types of tools people could use if they wanted to teach their kids (who are on the autistic spectrum)
how to feel calmer and less stressed using mindful activities.
” I will be moving into a purpose built unit for children with autism shortly and I have to kit out the sensory room. I’m wondering if you can suggest anything in particular that would be beneficial.”
We write about this subject all the time…particularly in the 2nd book – “
However we have taught thousands of people how to teach kids meditation, and thought that many of our
Connected Kids Tutors would have great, practical advice.
We were right!
Here are some wonderful ideas that may
help your kids on the spectrum bring their energy back into balance with meditation and mindfulness.