Faith in Children is a nonprofit organization registered as a 501 (c)(3) with the US Internal Revenue Service, please note that the EIN number is 27-1517747. Faith in Children does not have any political or religious ties, and it is 100% volunteer based. www.faithinchildren.org
The purpose of teaching mindfulness to children is to help them recognize their emotions, develop awareness of their thoughts and the sensations in their bodies and promote general well being. Children today have great stresses and pressures put upon them academically, socially and athletically. In addition, they are constantly bombarded with an overstimulating amount of information due to our modern lifestyles and use of technology. Kids today need to learn the skills to find an inner place of quiet in order to respond to the many demands they face each day, as explained by the research article on mindfulness for children and teens:
“Research has robustly demonstrated that children’s psychological, emotional, and social well-being influences their future physical and mental health, educational outcomes, social prospects, and quality of life in adulthood (Currie et al., 2002). Specifically, the ability to regulate emotions is correlated with higher levels of well-being and learning outcomes in both children and adults (Barnes et al., 2003; Mendelson et al., 2010; Weare and Nind, 2011). The presence of effective coping and emotion regulation skills in early life protects psychological well-being and promotes resilience across the life span (Greenberg et al., 2003; Greenberg and Harris, 2012). Consequently, research in children over the last decade has expanded the focus from treatment and repairing of problems to investigating protective aspects of psychological functioning (Seligman and Csikszentimihalyi, 2000) involving early and preventive approaches (Diener and Seligman, 2002).” Vickery, C. E., & Dorjee, D. (2016, January 12). Mindfulness Training in Primary Schools Decreases Negative Affect and Increases Meta-Cognition in Children. Retrieved March 2, 2016, from http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.02025/abstract
The program will combine classes in meditation, mindfulness, art, movement and yoga. Children will learn to live in the moment by practicing exercises and games that call upon their natural curiosity and openness. With these new skills, it will be easier for them to focus and make good decisions. They will learn about the mind- body connection and have fun exploring their senses in new ways. We are thrilled to have volunteers ready to teach the courses from the fields of education, yoga, meditation, nutrition and art therapy.
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Faith in Children, Inc. 143 Scott Drive, Atlantic Beach, NY 11509