Mindfulness can be an abstract word and concept. How can we be “mindful” throughout our day? What does that mean? How do I actually “do” that?
According to a study from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, mindfulness is defined as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” You can read this fantastic article here https://www.socialthinking.com/Articles?name=Mindfulness%20and%20Social%20Thinking
Our Mindfulness class is taught by Maria Hartemann. Just like our social skills classes, Maria is taking what can be an abstract concept and is teaching it in a concrete way. These tools and techniques can be taught to all children and adults. This morning while driving to school, (Christina’s family) practiced the “Mindful Minute” from yesterday’s class. The kids talked about what they learned mindfulness to be and then we all practiced a “Mindful Minute”. Just like social learning, you can grow your awareness and ability to be mindful throughout your day. This has countless positive benefits from stress/anxiety reduction, increased attention span, and improved impulse control. Just like learning social skills, or any new skill, mindful techniques need to be practiced daily.
We would love to have you join us for Maria’s next class on February 19th. Please click on the tab “Upcoming Events” on our website for further details. Or, if you have questions, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve included a few pictures from this past Sunday’s Mindfulness class.
Christina and Wendy