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Learning Lotus®: Cultivating Calm and Compassionate Kids

You must complete your post-test for this grandfathered course BEFORE August 31, 2025, to receive a valid CEU certificate.

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Lori Benson Adams, MEd


Learning Lotus®: Cultivating Calm and Compassionate Kids

In the face of an ever-changing educational landscape, school-based professionals must be more flexible, spontaneous, and creative than ever before. Families, children, and professionals are all feeling the growing pains of new learning paths. Reduced face-to-face learning time, increased parental involvement, and distance-learning lessons are leaving many feeling disconnected, unprepared, and anxious.

Research clearly indicates that the learning brain is not available until the emotional brain is calm and focused, and yet current educational conditions are making this increasingly difficult to develop.

The Learning Lotus® program has been developed to merge the most current brain research on mindfulness and the learning brain into a program that educational and pediatric professionals can use to simply, intuitively, and effectively coach other professionals, parents, and children. This program, with its unique blend of research and practicality, has been taught to hundreds of educational professionals across the country.  Participants learn a wide range of calming, focusing, and organizing activities while learning the most optimal time and place to use them. Just as all sensory activities are not appropriate for all children at all times, the same is true of the study and use of mindfulness.

Appropriate for beginners and those already familiar with mindfulness practices, Learning Lotus® is a comprehensive and easily replicable format for bringing mindfulness practices to children to enhance and support social, emotional, and academic development.

This certification program, equivalent to a full-day inservice, is designed to help you develop skills in each of the key areas.

Module I: The Learning Brain and Mindfulness for Children

Learners examine the developing brain, its response to stress and overwhelm, and the connection between mindfulness activities and changes in attention, self-regulation, executive functions, and stress reduction. This course is a prerequisite for the other modules.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify at least four current stressors for children.
  2. Locate the parts of the brain most affected by stress and how this impacts educational and emotional health.
  3. Name direct changes in the brain resulting from regular mindfulness practices.

Module 2: Mindful Movement Activities

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify mindful movements and how to incorporate them into sensory-based programs.
  2. State mindful activities for calming, regulating, and arousing.
  3. Describe how to incorporate mindful movement activities throughout the school day.

Module 3: Mindfulness Activities to Promote Academic and Social Learning

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize the connection between guided visualization and enhancement of language development, reading, and written expression.
  2. Identify compassion lessons to promote self-awareness and perspective-sharing.
  3. Review ways to establish and maintain mindfulness lessons as part of ongoing interventions in multiple settings.

Module 4: Mindfulness Practices for Adults and the Role of Self-Care

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss research on professional burnout, teacher and therapist retention, and the need for self-care practices.
  2. Develop a plan for individual self-care practices.
  3. State key elements of promoting self-care among parents and co-workers.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, teachers, and other school-based professionals
  • Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the CEU section.
  • Course Instructor:  Lori Benson Adams, MEd
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-783976

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved Provider #8215. This course is approved for 0.6 AOTA CEU or six contact hours under this Classification Code: Category 2, OT Process: Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Sensational Brain speaker Lori Benson Adams, MEd, head shot

Lori Benson Adams, MEd, is an educational intervention specialist and owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. She has over 35 years of experience with students who experience sensory, learning, behavioral, and executive function challenges. Lori presents nationally to audiences of parents, therapists, and educators. She is known for her immediately practical information and wealth of knowledge and resources. Additional information can be found at To view Lori’s courses, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Lori Benson Adams receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC and is the owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions and Learning Lotus.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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