For too many children or teens, talk and even play therapy feels unhelpful at best, and stigmatizing at worst. But when we can effectively introduce mindfulness into our sessions, we empower kids to transform themselves, allowing them to identify and regulate their emotions and attention using fun, effective exercises.
Here, mindfulness specialist Chris Willard, author of Growing Up Mindful, explains the difference between mindfulness work with kids and adults, and shares two techniques you can use today with children and teens in your practice.
As Willard mentions, there are specific strategies you can use to tailor mindfulness to a child’s diagnosis and developmental stage.
"Harnessing kids’ vivid imagination and sense of curiosity can help them practice mindfulness," he writes in his Networker article. "Especially when it becomes an activity the whole family can engage in."