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Help Your Child’s Anxiety with Mindfulness

Teach Your Child Mindfulness - Mindfulness for Children's Anxiety - Mindfulness for Kids
Instructor:
Ann Vrlak
573 students enrolled
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How to teach safe, fun mindfulness practices to children.
How to do simple mindfulness practices yourself, so you can confidently teach them!
How mindfulness helps children grow their well-being, happiness, and empathy for themselves and others, as well as reducing their anxiety.
Tips to choose the best practices to fit your child's needs.
How to explain mindfulness in child-friendly language.
Ways to bring simple, but powerful mindfulness habits into your child's daily routine.

Curiosity, kindness and calm–oh my! Learn how to teach simple mindfulness exercises to children, especially children who are having some anxiety. This course takes the mystery out of mindfulness and gives you the tools to teach short, safe exercises to children.

Master the Simple (and Fun) Skills of Teaching Kids Mindfulness

– Learn how mindfulness works, its many benefits and how it will help your child meet everyday challenges, including anxiety, with kindness and self-compassion.

– Explain mindfulness in kid-friendly language.

– Practice and teach specific mindfulness exercises to explore your child’s feelings, thoughts, inner quiet and more. 

– Plan everyday mindfulness habits to build on what you learn. 

Teach Your Child a Lifelong Skill for Well-being, Self-confidence and Resilience

This is a general beginner’s course on mindfulness for children, with a focus on children who experience some mild to moderate anxiety. 

More and more studies on mindfulness for children are showing how it can reduce anxiety and depression, increase kids’ ability to self-regulate emotions, improve mental performance, and increase empathy for others just to name a few of the wonderful and wide-ranging benefits of mindfulness.

Contents and Overview

You’ll learn the essentials of mindfulness and why people practice it, why mindfulness is an especially valuable skill for children to learn, how to practice the exercises yourself so you can teach from experience, tips on teaching to children and how to make mindfulness habits a part of your child’s life.

In addition to the 1.5 hours of video lectures in the course, you’ll receive 6 downloadable guided exercises for children and 1 for adults, online exercises to help you connect what you learn to your child’s specific challenges, and other downloadable resources.

When you’ve completed the course, you’ll be able to explain mindfulness to a child, guide them through short mindfulness exercises and help them use what they learn to better manage their anxiety.

Join Me | You’ll Have Ongoing Support

I’m committed to you getting the most possible out of this course, so you’ll have ongoing support from me through the Udemy discussion board. 

I look forward to showing you how mindfulness can help your child with anxiety and plant the seeds of an invaluable lifelong skill. I hope you’ll join me!

Understanding Mindfulness

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Welcome | Please Start Here!

Here are some key mindsets for the course and how to get more out of it by using the Q and A forum!

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Don't Skip This Step! Introduce Yourself [Really, don't skip this!]
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Section Introduction: What You'll Learn
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What Mindfulness Is Not

There are common myths and misunderstandings about mindfulness. In this lecture, I'll clarify some of the most common ones.

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What Mindfulness Is: Definitions for Adults

Learn a definition of mindfulness, and the difference between mindfulness and meditation. Plus, you'll do a mini mindfulness practice and download an in-depth article on mindfulness.

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Why Should You Care About Mindfulness?

Does mindfulness have a place in a modern, technological world? Is it relevant to you and your child's life? In this lecture, I talk with you about the "why" of mindfulness, and how its three core skills have deep and far-reaching value.

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Understanding Anxiety

What is anxiety? How does it work and how can mindfulness help? Please download the Understanding Anxiety MP3 to learn more and see the resources included in the lecture article.

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Starting a Course Journal

You will get much (much!) more out of this course, if you make what you learn your own. A good place to start is to keep a course journal. Please see my suggestions on how to create a journal to support your learning.

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Exercise: My Child and the Three Core Skills

This is your first chance to think about how mindfulness can help your child. Take a few minutes to do this short exercise.

How Mindfulness Can Help Your Child With Anxiety

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Section Introduction: What You'll Learn
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A Definition of Mindfulness for Children

What's the best way to explain mindfulness to your child? Learn a child-friendly way to introduce mindfulness and tips to engage their curiosity.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Children and Mindfulness

How old does my child need to be to practice mindfulness? What if they won't sit still? Hear answers to some of parents' most common questions about mindfulness for kids.

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The Very Good News from Research

Educators and researchers have begun studying how mindfulness benefits children. This lecture includes some of the most encouraging news about how a bit of regular mindfulness practise helps children build an amazing range of personal strengths.

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Why Mindfulness May be More Important Today Than Ever Before

Most children in our modern cultures are experiencing more pressures than ever before. Mindfulness can be a powerful medicine for helping children to cope well with these pressures, activities, choices and more.

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Mindfulness Review

Take a minute to look back on some key points so far.

Practicing Mindfulness Yourself

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Section Introduction: What You'll Learn
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How to Accelerate Your Learning

In this lesson, I'll tell you how to avoid the most common mistake people make when practising mindfulness and how it undermines your efforts–whether you're a beginner or a very experienced practitioner.

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Practical Tips for Mindfulness

This short audio lecture gives you tips on when and how to practise mindfulness.

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How to Use the Guided Practices

When you're ready to do one of the guided mindfulness practices, this lecture will explain how to begin and how to get the most out of your time in mindfulness.

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Exercise: Four Mindful Minutes

Take a pause here and do a short mindfulness practice. 

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Journal: How Can Mindfulness Help You?

How could practising mindfulness help you? When you think about this question, you may also see how mindfulness could benefit your child.

Teaching Your Child Mindfulness

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Section Introduction: What You'll Learn
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Understanding the Two Groups of Practices

This short lecture will explain the two types of practices in the course.

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How to Teach the Practices

Now you're getting ready to teach! Here are some tips to get you started.

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Mindfulness Postures with Ann and Squibbs

My puppet friend, Squibbs the rabbit, insisted on doing a video for kids. Here's a short video for your child on the different ways you can sit or lie down when practising mindfulness.

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Guided Practice: Breathing Buddy

Breathing Buddy is one of the Foundational Practices for physical relaxation. The focus of the practice is to pay attention to the physical sensations of breathing. So, you're not thinking about the breath, but feeling the breath in your body. With the Breathing Buddy, you also have a friend along for the practice. You can listen online or download the recording to your devices.

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Guided Practice: Sensing My World

The other Foundational Practice for physical relaxation is Sensing My World. Like the Breathing Buddy, this practice guides you to focus on physical sensations. It will help your nervous system to relax and encourages the practice of paying kind attention to whatever is happening in your body. Learning to recognize and observe physical sensations can be a huge help in diffusing and coping with anxious feelings.You can listen online or download the recording to your devices.

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Guided Practice: FAWN and My Feelings

Here is the first Focus on Anxiety practice, FAWN and My Feelings. This practice is a gentle exercise on befriending feelings. You'll use the FAWN approach to mindfulness to observe and be with any feelings that are present. You can listen online or download the recording to your devices.

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Guided Practice: Thought Bubbles

Thought Bubbles is the next Focus on Anxiety practice.Thoughts are such a big part of the anxiety cycle. So, in this practice, you're guided to hold on to thoughts less tightly–to let them go by like soap bubbles floating through the air. You can listen online or download the recording to your devices.

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Guided Practice: My Still Space

This is the final Focus on Anxiety practice, My Still Space. Anxiety can be a scary thing. This is a practice that leads you to experience a silent, safe space in your breath–it's a child's version of a traditional mindfulness practice to rest in silence within. Finding that space, and resting there, is a wonderful, always-present antidote to feelings of anxiety. You can listen online or download the recording to your devices.

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Bonus Practice for Restless Kids! I'm as Rooted as a Tree

Download and enjoy this bonus practice that incorporates movement.

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Bonus Practice: Full-length Practise for Adults

A breath-based practice download for adults.

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Mindfulness Review

Here are a few more questions on key ideas so far. 

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Journal: Reviewing Your Child's First Practices

Congratulations on teaching your first practices! I really encourage you to make a few notes about how it went, your child's feedback and your impressions on what's next.

Putting it All Into Practice

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Section Introduction: What You'll Learn
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Creating Mindful Routines

My hope with this course is you'll want to continue on with some mindfulness in your child's day! This video will give you ideas on how to do this, in small and big ways. Please download the Create Mindful Routines PDF too.

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Course Wind Up and How I'm Here to Help

Now that you've finished the course, I take a look back at the most important things I'd like you to remember. Most of all, I tell you how I'm here to support you during and after you've completed the course.

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Journal: Where Do You Go From Here

I hope you'll keep using your mindfulness journal, as a way to gather your most important insights from the course and to incorporate the principle of mindfulness into your life. 

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New Lecture | Great Mindfulness for Kids Resources

Here are a few of my favourite books and apps.

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