Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens
Edited by Christopher Willard, PsyD, and Amy Saltzman, MD, Foreword by Susan Kaiser Greenland
Packed with creative, effective ideas for bringing mindfulness into the classroom, child therapy office, or community, this book features sample lesson plans and scripts, case studies, vignettes, and more. Leading experts describe how to harness the unique benefits of present-focused awareness for preschoolers, school-age kids, and teens, including at-risk youth and those with special needs. Strategies for overcoming common obstacles and engaging kids with different learning styles are explored. Chapters also share ways to incorporate mindfulness into a broad range of children's activities, such as movement, sports, music, games, writing, and art. Giving clinicians and educators practices they can use immediately, the book includes clear explanations of relevant research findings.
"Being aware of life as it unfolds brings clarity, connection, and creativity into our everyday experiences. This magnificent collection of pearls of wisdom and practical advice on how to cultivate mindful awareness in our youth, and even ourselves, is an important resource for any educator, clinician, or parent who supports the development of children and teens. Each of the experienced contributors offers a unique perspective on a range of populations and ages, creating a broad spectrum of insights in accessible and useful ways we can apply immediately. Soak in these pages and enjoy the benefits for all concerned!"
~ Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. author of Brainstorm: The power and purpose of the teenage brain; and Mindsight: The new science of personal transformation
“I can't think of a book about working with youth that is more comprehensive, detailed, practical, and clear. The down-to-earth, broadly applicable approach outlined here will draw out children's and teens' boundless inner strength, creativity, resilience, and kindness. I hope every person that teaches or counsels our children reads this book.”
~ Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation
“What a delight to have such a deep and broad reference to inform and advance the field of teaching mindfulness to youth! Willard and Saltzman have their fingers on the pulse of this rapidly growing field, while keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground. Assembled mindfully, lovingly and skillfully, this volume is written and edited by leading authorities. Take the time to delve in deeper after scanning the impressive table of contents, and you will find a richness of content and wisdom to inform and guide you in doing this important work.”
~ Steven D. Hickman, PsyD, Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness, University of California, San Diego
“A remarkable synthesis of the mindfulness in education movement. Balancing research, theory, and practical guidance, this book is a 'must have' for anyone interested in integrating mindfulness into their work with youth. Instead of just telling kids to pay attention, be nice to each other, and regulate their emotions, this book shows how to support them experientially in cultivating these priceless qualities. The contributors offer deep insights into how to integrate mindfulness into diverse communities and how to teach all youth who could benefit, including those with special needs or addictions.”
~ Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT, author of The Way of Mindful Education