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.
- Identify at least four current stressors for children.
- Locate the parts of the brain most affected by stress and how this impacts educational and emotional health.
- Name direct changes in the brain resulting from regular mindfulness practices.
Module 2: Mindful Movement Activities
- Identify mindful movements and how to incorporate them into sensory-based programs.
- State mindful activities for calming, regulating, and arousing.
- Describe how to incorporate mindful movement activities throughout the school day.
Module 3: Mindfulness Activities to Promote Academic and Social Learning
- Recognize the connection between guided visualization and enhancement of language development, reading, and written expression.
- Identify compassion lessons to promote self-awareness and perspective-sharing.
- 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
- Discuss research on professional burnout, teacher and therapist retention, and the need for self-care practices.
- Develop a plan for individual self-care practices.
- State key elements of promoting self-care among parents and co-workers.
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
Learning Assessment: Objective post-test
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
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