Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2019

Department

Education

Faculty Advisor

Mark Brown

Abstract

Mindfulness has been described as being aware of one’s thoughts, experiences, and emotions. When teachers incorporate strategies to promote mindfulness into the classroom, it can positively affect how children view and manage their behavior and maintain focus. Mindfulness in the classroom can help students understand their thinking and learn how to self-regulate their behaviors in the classroom for longer periods of time. In this presentation, we will examine the effects of mindfulness in early childhood, a special education setting, and its benefits for students with anxiety, ADHD, and autism. For students who are diagnosed with special needs, their worry and anxious thoughts often cause them to have trouble focusing on what they are learning in the classroom. Creating a mindful classroom can benefit every student because it can ease their worries and refocus their attention on classroom learning. The ultimate goal of having a mindful classroom is to bring greater self-awareness and self-regulation to students in the classroom.

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