Mindfulness is a valid tool for students, especially with SLD, in managing emotions.
Mindfulness can help teachers and parents in their relationship with students and children. But not only. It represents a valid tool for students, especially students with SLD, in managing emotions.
Precisely on how mindfulness can support in managing emotions we interviewed Valentina Giordano, teacher and expert in mindfulness.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness means paying attention to our experience of the present moment in a way that allows us to respond with more awareness to life events.
It is a form of meditation, but also an innate ability in each of us, a way of being present and awake that favors a greater connection with oneself and each other. Practicing it allows you to recontact your inner resources, so as to better face the challenges of life and to meet changes with courage and confidence.
How can mindfulness help teachers and parents to support children in their studies?
We can consider it a resource, first of all for teachers and parents (and more generally for all those adults who interact with young people).
We know that teachers are considered among the categories most at risk of stress and burnout, however their role is crucial for the growth and education of young people. In the classroom – whether real or virtual – it can happen to experience a sense of frustration, inadequacy and fear for the judgment of students, parents and colleagues: difficult emotions that risk turning work into a tiring experience … without even considering the challenges of the moment we are living in, which also involve parents on this front.
The practice of mindfulness allows to cultivate mental attitudes that facilitate an effective relationship and some scientific evidence demonstrates significant benefits in professional life, including better capacity for emotional regulation and non-judgment, reduced hyperreactivity, significant improvements in sleep quality, stress reduction. and symptoms of burnout, increased resilience and the pleasure of working.
Making your own this capacity for calm and presence, but also for openness and emotional intelligence, is the basis for creating moments of mindfulness and connection with children ".
How can mindfulness help children, especially children with SLD, in their studies?
Mindfulness offers extremely useful tools for life, as well as in school.
First of all, it strengthens the attention span: increasingly necessary in a world full of stimuli, but increasingly difficult to cultivate. It also promotes emotional regulation. Both of these areas, on which they are found to have greater benefits, when developed, also greatly help children with SLD: not only do they improve social skills, but increase self-efficacy and the possibility of not allowing oneself to be defined by the learning disability.
Through this practice, you learn to relate to any event that happens in life, cultivating the possibility of making better choices. Equally, you learn not to take things personally, but to see them for what they are.
Kids can develop these same skills from an early age with enormous benefits. Impulse control and the ability to manage emotions have a tremendous impact on the ability to choose one's behavior. i Learning to manage stress and emotions from an early age promotes attention, concentration, sleep, learning and cognitive, social and emotional development.
What practical tips and examples can you suggest, especially for students with SLD?
A practical suggestion for everyone: learn to stop, and give the right value to the breaks to make them truly regenerating.
We can let the mind rest, training it even for just a few minutes a day to rest on the sensations of the breath. It is a non-doing full of interest, of curiosity, and this simple gesture renews us.
In these small pauses, then, we learn to listen more, we meet the emotions and discover the richness of our inner world. This helps us to have more confidence in ourselves and little by little we discover that no "label" can ever fully define who we are. We are much, much more.
It concerns the webinar “Don't take it personal” organized by Redooc and with guest Valentina Giordano who presented Mindfulness tips for relating with adolescents.
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