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 […]
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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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 the present […]
“How many of you have problems with sleep?” It is not surprising to see almost all hands slowly rise when posed this question. 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 the heart, mind and […]
Are you looking for a fun, team building activity to take outside? Block Creek from the Yoga Calm® Curriculum is the perfect game 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 enjoy. In the classroom or studio, […]
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 support our youth to fully participate in actives required for daily life and learning. This blog post addresses sensory integration goals written and performed by Occupational Therapists. However, all youth can benefit from sensory integration awareness. Sensory integration exposes children to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way. In this blog post we break […]
“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 […]
A Minneapolis school is turning to Yoga Calm to help kids manage emotions The task was daunting for the classroom of Minneapolis third-graders: maintaining their balance as they walked across a set of fitness blocks, eyes closed, with only the hands of their classmates as guides. The practice demanded trust, mindfulness and, of course, the […]
Yoga Calm has arrived in some Fargo classrooms A challenge in any elementary classroom is “managing behavior.” But now a unique project is being introduced in schools right here in the metro. It’s called Yoga Calm. Shortly before math or reading at Jefferson elementary in Fargo, fourth graders get their minds, bodies and heart, ready […]
Children can focus better and manage emotions — at school and at home — by practicing mindfulness. It’s 11:55 on a Tuesday morning and Jennifer Gervais sits at the front of a class of second- and third-graders at Valley Crossing Elementary School in Woodbury. “When I say focus, you say focus,” she says. “Focus!” the […]
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