Mindfulness & Meditation Techniques
Assisting Ages of Toddler to Teen
One-On-One Session for Emotional Balancing &
Supporting children suffering from bullying, social integration, test & homework anxiety, schedule exhaustion, emotional trauma, ADD, ADHD, SPD, The Autistic Spectrum, and more.
Teresa holds various certifications specializing in Mindfulness & Meditation training. Including, the International Studies of Connected Kids & Renowned Mindful Teachers Program.
For All Ages.
Customized one-on-one sessions utilizing the breath, tactile, and cognitive techniques that teach children how to recognize their own stress triggers and understand how to self-regulate their body and emotional state.
10 Awesome Benefits of Mindfulness & Meditation Techniques for Children & Teens:
1. Learn Core Emotional Regulation Skills
Kids/Teens who learn to meditate are able to learn “core skills” necessary for emotion regulation such as proper breathing, slowing the heart-rate, identifying symptoms of anxiety or sympathetic nervous system arousal, and “centering” themselves in the here and now. Some research suggests that meditation has both neurological and physiological benefits that can help kids on the Autism spectrum and those diagnosed with ADHD.
2. Reduce Stress & Anxiety
The practice of meditation can help to reduce stress and anxiety in children.
Teaching children to focus on their breath and other calming techniques can give them the tools to come back to a calm, present state anytime, day or night.
3. Opportunity to Unplug
Kids are people too, which means that they get stressed and overwhelmed just as much as adults do. They may even be more stressed than adults, as kids don’t have the proper language or coping mechanisms to deal with their struggles.
Which is exactly where mediation for kids comes into play. Mediation is an opportunity for a child to unplug and just feel. It gives them coping mechanisms for dealing with stressful situations, and it helps their minds and bodies unite in one calming exercise. Teaching meditation to children can help improve their performance in school, their sleep patterns, and their overall emotion regulation.
4. Changes the Brain
Research has shown that when children practice meditation on a regular basis, it can change the brain. There is neuroplasticity. What this means is that our brains are not as fixed as once thought. Through meditation, brain centers for emotions and executive functioning can be changed and help children in a variety of ways.
It can also help children regulate their emotions, thereby having fewer meltdowns, reduce their impulsivity and improve concentration and focus. Very helpful with children diagnosed with ADHD or ADD.
5. Learn How to Breathe Properly
From a health perspective, deep breathing which is characteristic of many meditation routines is also incredibly helpful. Even for adults, breathing properly is something not many of us know how to do! So kids that learn how to breathe properly will likely carry this sub-conscious habit into their teens and adulthood, which can only be beneficial.
6. Build Emotional & Psychological Resilience
Over the life span, mediation has a significant and positive impact, we are seeing that when kids are introduced to meditation, just like learning a foreign language at a young age, the skill remains with them for life. It can easily be deduced that by learning meditation as a child, the child is set in the right direction to understand their thoughts, feelings, and their physical relationship within the body, they come to understand and experience the interconnectedness of all of them. Harnessing this kind of awareness as a child is a preventative tool that will allow the child greater emotional and psychological resilience as they grow into a happy and well-adjusted adulthood.
7. Increases Focus
Meditation calms our body's alarm system, which allows an increase in focus on the present moment. Because some meditations may require kids to focus on their breathing or focus on a word or on a sound for a duration of time, this helps to increase attention span to focus on completing things in the moment.
8.. Improves Sleep
Kids/Teens who practice meditation can strengthen their immune system, lower stress, and even improve their sleeping.
In fact, the best times to meditate are right when you wake up and right before you go to sleep. Meditating before bed allows for deeper sleep, keeping your child well-rested and prepared for school or other activities.
9. Boost Physical & Emotional Health
Meditation can be a powerful tool for any parent who is looking to help boost their child’s physical and emotional health.
Firstly, meditation has powerful positive implications on our physical health. People who meditate regularly have more effective immune systems, less frequent headaches, lower blood pressure, fewer aches and pains, and several other physical benefits.
Secondly, meditation has been proven to help with emotional health. Regular meditative practice can lower the rates of anxiety and depression, lengthen attention span, help children to become more self-aware and can also help boost their self-esteem.
10. Improves Academic Performance
Practiced meditation creates long-term neurological (brain) changes. This means kids, and adults, need regular practice (preferably 5 days a week for at least 15 minutes), rather than just once a week which is unlikely to be effective. Meditation is like any other skill; repetition is needed to build it.
These changes include:
Kids feel calmer and can control their emotions better
Kids have an increased emotional capacity to deal with stressful events such as exams or personal problems
Behavior is improved
Lower levels of depression and anxiety
School attendance improves
For the above reasons, (which are visible on brain scans of regular meditators) meditation has enormous potential for improving academic performance in schools.