Date(s) - 03/07/2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Center City Pediatrics
Mindfully Me is for children ages 6-10 to learn the basic mindfulness skills they need to thrive. The workshop is created around the basic relational and emotional coping skills children need to take on the world in a mindful and confident way. Each skill taught is carefully chosen for their developmental age. It is facilitated by Kellie Cathey, LSW, Child and Family Play Therapist.
The workshop teaches children six core mindfulness skills that include:
- Mindful Breathing: Children will learn how to become aware of their breath and use it to regulate and ground their emotions. Children will first use the Breathing Ball to learn how to mindfully breathe in and out. Then, children will learn how to do Mountain Breath, a type of breathing kids can do with their hands!
- Mindful Emotions: Children will learn briefly about how emotions are information. Becoming aware of our emotions in an experience allows us to name them and tame them. Children will learn through playing a game where we name the color of our feelings based on the situation and emotion.
- Mindful Frustration: Frustration tolerance is one of the most important things for children to learn emotionally. During this section of the workshop, children will learn how to identify where they feel frustration is in their body. Then, children will learn a meditation to make the frustration less.
- Mindful Soothing: Learning how to sooth in one of the most essential skills for resilience and happiness. In this section of the workshop children will learn ways to sooth internally through self-regulating and with external help through sensory beads and a mindful jar.
- Mindful Movement: Children will learn how to become aware of their body through trying out short yoga poses and body meditations. All children will be given space to choose to share how their body feels and what feels good to them.
- Practicing Gratitude: One of the most important aspect of creating our well-being is appreciation. In this section, children will learn how to practice gratitude by learning what gratitude is and creating a craft of the things they are grateful for.
Intended for children struggling with:
- Managing big emotions
- Tolerating the world ‘no’
- Behavioral outbursts and aggression at home or school
- Limit testing when limits are clear
- High sensitivity
- Listening to parents’ requests for small things
- Tolerating frustration in small and big tasks
- Communicating feelings and needs
Parent Participation: Parents are not active participants in the workshop, but may remain for the duration. Parents will receive a summary of strategies to bridge what the child learns in the workshop and the skills being used/practiced at home. Parents are also given contact information for any follow up questions or needs they may have.
This event is fully booked.