What should you do when an agitated child refuses to do any breathwork or movement? We often say, “you are the intervention”. In fact, we dedicated an entire blog post to the idea of practicing these techniques for our own self-regulation before even beginning to teach youth. But, what does that really look like in […]
About Stephanie Kennelly
Hello! My name is Stephanie Kennelly and I am a third grade teacher in West Saint Paul, Minnesota. I am beginning the journey of implementing the Move Mindfully curriculum in my instruction. Join me at my weekly blog to learn more!
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Our team believes that essential oils have the power to support self care both in adults and children. We know that the best state for learning and navigating life is to be relaxed/alert, strong/at ease, brave/open. When we are able to show up grounded and open for the day we tend to feel stable, balanced […]
Have you wondered, where is the best place to start when teaching mindfulness? Breathing is the best place to begin a mindfulness practice. For children, especially in a school setting, we recommend hand tracing as an excellent option for an introductory breath. Many school settings use “Show Me 5” as an attention signal, so we […]
People working in family services, counseling, foster care, and education are learning mindfulness practices all week at a conference at the Ramkota Inn. School social worker Kathy Flaminio is teaching these professionals how they can overcome trauma. Flaminio used props to illustrate how to clear your mind and control your thoughts, like how the sparkles […]
We believe mindfulness practices meet the needs of every body. Our trauma informed approach is rooted in choice. People sometimes ask: Is mindfulness suited for all children? What about children who have experienced trauma or have mental health needs? Here is how the dictionary defines mindfulness: Mindfulness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on […]
When working with youth we always ask, “How many of you have problems with sleep?” It is not surprising to see almost all hands slowly rise. Sleep is such an important component to overall health and well being. Addressing these concerns should be a priority for all youth workers. Sleep is where everything happens for […]
Are you looking for a fun, team building activity to take outside? Block Creek is a social emotional game from the Yoga Calm Curriculum. This game is perfect for an informal setting (after-school class, club, family) or an intentional team building exercise (morning meeting, ice breakers etc.) It is an activity all ages and abilities can […]
These practices allow youth to be more present to work on their treatment goals and avoid to behavioral problems. Dakota County Juvenile Services Center (JSC) received financial support from Dakota County’s integrated mental health and family services collaborative, the Dakota County Collaborative, for programming in the JSC that helps youth manage their emotions. Dakota County Collaborative is committed […]
Occupational Therapists are the heroes that encourage and support our youth to fully participate in actives required for daily life and learning. Although this blog post is directed towards sensory integration goals written and performed by Occupational Therapists, the information is helpful for all adults working with a wide variety of youth. Sensory integration exposes […]
“Teachers, please secure the door to your classroom.” The classroom teacher heads over to the lightswitch as she hears the announcement. Lights off. Blinds closed. With a finger over her lips she points to the corner of the room where all the students scurry and huddle together. School safety is on everyone’s mind. From the […]
- Co-Regulation and Hoberman SphereSeptember 25, 2018 - 9:44 pm
- A Peaceful Wake Up Routine For An Easy School TransitionSeptember 4, 2018 - 8:53 pm
- Move Mindfully® Essential Oil BlendAugust 28, 2018 - 9:20 pm
- Creating an Interactive Mindful SpaceAugust 21, 2018 - 7:07 pm
- Introducing Breathing with Hand TracingJuly 25, 2018 - 8:32 am
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