Educational and Child Psychologists have an essential role in schools and work with school staff, families, children and young people. They apply psychology in a range of educational contexts to help children and young people make progress with learning.
Difficulties with learning may be due to factors that cannot be changed, such as autism or medical needs. However, they may be also due to factors can be changed – such as the ability to pay attention and regulate emotions. Substantial research evidence shows that mindfulness, a form of training in body-mind integration, can help improve attention, learning potential, working memory capacity and mental health and wellbeing. Those working in schools can help children and young people become better able to manage difficult feelings, such as anger, anxiety and low mood.
This workshop is an opportunity for educational and child psychologists and others working in schools to learn about mindfulness and how it can be used as an intervention in schools. It provides a theoretical and practical overview of mindfulness, including the research evidence for its benefits. It gives an insight into how mindfulness training may be adapted for those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and includes information on the Mindfulness-based Awareness Training (MBAT) intervention that was developed through doctoral research. Though training and support on how to integrate mindfulness into their lives, children and young people can enhance their potential to pay attention and learn.
Best wishes, Bernadette