Guest Blogger on Mindful Meditation

We are fortunate to have a guest blogger provide information about the importance of mindful meditation.  Maria Hartemann will be teaching a short mindful meditation  at the December 4th social skills classes.  If you would like more information about the classes or how to register, please click here Registration for Holiday Session

 

There are countless studies these days that laud the benefits of meditation. From medical (lowering your blood pressure), to educational (increasing your ability to focus), meditation is now being acknowledged and recommended by experts in various fields.

When I first started meditating, one of the most significant differences that I noticed was the fact that I was finally able to calm my “monkey mind” and fall asleep at night in under an hour! That had been a serious issue for me for as along as I can remember (even as a child!). I was a night owl, not because I found myself to have an incredibly sharp mind in the late hours, but rather because I couldn’t seem to gain control over my thoughts! A night owl by default, I guess you would say. However, with continued practice, that hour became forty-five minutes, then thirty minutes, and down and down. These days, unless I have a pressing issue on my mind, I am usually asleep within ten minutes of hitting the pillow.

As if this wasn’t enough of a reason, I also have experimented with using meditation or conscious calming of my mind, to lower my blood pressure. Always one for conducting a good experiment, I have tested the “meditation can lower your blood pressure” theory in 2 ways. The first was at the doctor’s office. I can’t say that I love going to the doctor, so when I go, I must admit that I am not my most peaceful/best self. I get nervous and my blood pressure has been elevated on occasion during the initial exam. After having one questionable reading, I used a few breathing and centering techniques that are a part of my meditation practice. When they took my blood pressure a second time (yes, it was alarmingly high the first and warranted another reading), they were shocked to see how different the second reading was! To the point where the nurse asked if I had been nervous when I first came in 🙂 Ummmm, yes. The other method that I used to try quite often, was to go to the pharmacy area and use their armband to test myself. I would sit down, not nervous, just a regular person, take my blood pressure and then take it again while using centering and breathing. Even a slight decrease was consistent. Try it! It’s actually quite amazing.

Check out some of these links and see how schools have integrated “mindfulness” or meditation into their school days.

https://www.edutopia.org/stw-student-stress-meditation

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/should-schools-teach-kids-to-meditate/283229/ (this one is long and does talk about meditation/mindfulness in conjunction with yoga, but it has some great insights).

http://www.mindfulschools.org/about-mindfulness/research/

Meditation/mindfulness, whether it’s 3 breaths a day or 30 minutes a day, can be beneficial to you no matter your age. I look forward to meeting you at the December 4th social skills class to help teach you and your child how to do quick mindful meditations in any setting.

Maria Hartemann

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With Appreciation,

Christina and Wendy

Registration for Holiday Session

Registration is now open for our next session of our social skills groups.  The time around the holiday seasons can be stressful for children and families.  The focus of this session will be teaching children how to effectively communicate at home around family and utilize tools to help reduce stress.  As your child learns new vocabulary and skills, you will also learn more about teaching and reinforcing social skills at home to help support your child.  We are aware that siblings can sometimes feel confused, left out, or even frustrated.  This is why we are including a sibling class with this session so they have time for questions and develop their own “toolbox” of strategies that they can use at home as well.

Your child does not need a diagnosis to attend these classes. However, this class is designed for students with diagnoses such as Asperger Syndrome, ADHD/ADD, or any child needing to learn how to “think” about thinking as well as understand more about the complex social world in which we live.  While times of movement will be available, students must be able to sit in a room with a small group for one hour. If you have questions if your child would benefit from this session, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at confidentsolutions7@gmail.com. We’d love to help answer any questions!

The dates and agenda for the classes are as follows:

November 13th: Children will learn tools how to effectively communicate at home and around extended family, friends, or school. They will learn how to get their mom/dad/caregiver’s attention when multiple people are around.  The focus of this class will be self-awareness and communication tools.

November 20th: Children will be learning how to start and continue a conversation with a relative/parent/caregiver whether they are talking on the phone or meeting together for the holidays.  They will learn skills to have a “peaceful” holiday and begin learning how to “catch” themselves doing something well.  The focus of this class will be self-awareness, self-monitoring, and communication tools.

December 4th:  All groups will be led for a short mindful meditation in learning how to center themselves and be able to utilize this tool as a way to reduce stress or anxiety.  Children will begin to recognize the first signs of  when they are feeling overwhelmed and when they need to utilize a tool or ask for help.  The focus of this class will be communication, self-awareness, and tools for reducing stress or anxiety.

December 11th: Children will learn how to set up a space for himself/herself at home that he/she can use when feeling overwhelmed or need a break.  The children will review how to communicate to parents/caregivers when they need help or use a tool.

For this session, there will be three groups that will meet.  A sibling group (which is optional), a parent group (required with the session), and your child registering for the social skills group (up to five children per group).

K-2 meets from 2:00-3:00

3rd-5th meets from 3:30-4:30

6th-8th meets from 5:00-6:00

The cost for the child and parent classes is $150.00.

The cost for the child, parent, and up to two siblings is $200.00.

All classes are held at 8401 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 120, Charlotte, NC 28262.

To register, please fill out the attached registration form registration-for-holiday-session and e-mail it to us at confidentsolutions7@gmail.com.  Please be sure to indicate on the form whether you are signing up for the sibling portion as well.  Once we receive your registration form, we will e-mail you a PayPal link to reserve your spot in the class.  The classes will be kept small to benefit children and families with no more than five children for the main class.

 

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With Appreciation,

Christina and Wendy

 

Upcoming Holiday Session

We will be opening registration for our next social skills groups next week! This next session will be slightly different.  We will continue to have separate small groups, however, the focus of this session will be to begin teaching an understanding of social expectations around the holiday seasons as well as tools for coping with stress.  There will be more specific details about the sessions with the registration post.

The dates for the next session will be: November 13th, November 20th, December 4th, and December 11th.  There will be three groups meeting at a time: A sibling group  (optional), a parent group (required), and a group for your child learning specific social skills.  

Be sure to check our website next Monday with details about the classes and information on how to register.

With Appreciation,

Christina and Wendy

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