Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens

Pages: 438
ISBN: 9781462531264
Item Number: 8630

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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.


“Willard and Saltzman have put together a rich tapestry of accessible, practical applications for bringing mindfulness to children and adolescents. What’s unique about this book is the wide range of ways it offers to help young people build emotional intelligence and resilience, and to prepare them to thrive on their way to adulthood.”

—Elisha Goldstein, PhD, Co-Founder,
Center for Mindful Living, Los Angeles

“An invaluable resource for anyone interested in teaching contemplative practices to youth. The contributing authors beautifully and authentically illustrate how mindfulness can be taught to youth in many different settings. Today’s youth can greatly benefit from engaging with mindfulness skills; this book offers excellent examples for how these practices fit into the lives of children and teens.”

—Joshua C. Felver, PhD, School Psychology Program,
Department of Psychology, Syracuse University

Foreword (Susan Kaiser Greenland)
Introduction: Toward a Model of Teaching and Learning Mindfulness (Christopher Willard)
I. Bringing Mindfulness to Youth
1. Mindfulness with Elementary-School-Age Children: Translating Foundational Practices from the Clinic to the Classroom (Lindsey Knowles, Matthew S. Goodman, and Randye J. Semple)
2. Teaching Mindfulness to Captive Teens in the Classroom (Richard Burnett)
3. Mindfulness with Special-Needs Populations (Wynne Kinder and Christen Coscia)
4. Teaching Mindfulness across Differences: A Spectrum of Perspectives (Betsy Hanger)
5. Child Development: Attunement, Attachment, and Emerging Qualities (Lesley Grant)
6. “Right Now, We’re Not Meditating”: Working with Youth Who Challenge Us (JoAnna Harper)
7. Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment with Probation-Involved Youth (Sam Himelstein)
8. Cultivating Rootedness and Connectedness in a Digital Age (Ozum Ucok-Sayrak and Gregory Kramer)
9. Mindful Parenting: A Mindfulness Course for Parents in Mental Health Treatment (Susan Bögels)
II. Bringing Mindfulness to Life
10. Yoga: Reaching Heart and Mind through the Body (Jennifer Cohen Harper)
11. Movement and Dance (Suzi Tortora)
12. Mindfulness in Sports (Amy Saltzman)
13. The Young and the Hungry (Marcella Wuchler Cox and Char Wilkins)
14. Mindfulness in Nature (Iman L. Khan)
15. Mindfulness with a Beat (Betsy Rose)
16. Mindfulness and Art (Vanessa C. L. Weiner)
17. Mindful Games (Deborah M. Plummer)
18. The Contemplation Music Writing Project: “Get into It, and Get It Out” (Jeffrey Pflaum)
III. The Science of Mindfulness
19. Mindfulness Training for Children and Adolescents: Updates on a Growing Science with Novel Applications (David S. Black, Marvin G. Belzer, Randye J. Semple, and Brian M. Galla)
20. Mindfulness, Executive Function, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Bringing It All Together (Mark Bertin)
21. Neurobiological Models of Meditation Practices: Implications for Applications with Youth (Willoughby Britton and Arielle Sydnor)
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