Focus, mindfulness, relaxation and concentration are key elements of achieving emotional well-being, and are also important for a child's development of skills and abilities.
Focussing and Calming Activities for Children helps children to build social, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Part One covers the theoretical and practical background. It illustrates how the capacity to calm oneself, focus attention and concentrate can help a child build specific skills and abilities and regulate themselves, and demonstrates the importance of play and imagination. It also sets out how to structure the emotional environment.
Part Two is made up of games and activities that teach children how to develop these mindfulness and calming skills.
The activities are suitable for use with groups and individual children aged 5–12, and can be adapted for children with specific attention and concentration difficulties and for older children.
This is an ideal resource for teachers, counsellors, social workers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, youth workers, parents, and carers
Part 1. Theoretical and Practical Background.
1. Introduction: Meeting children with mindfulness
2. Understanding attention and concentration
3. Mindfulness Play
4. Structuring the emotional environment for Mindfulness Play
5. Mindfulness play and well-being
6. Control, adaptability and effectiveness
Part 2. Games and Activities
7. Choosing groups, leaders, pairs and order of play
8. Warm-ups and ice-breakers
9. Focussing attention
10. Concentrating for longer periods
Deborah M. Plummer is a speech and language therapist and imagework practitioner with over 20 years' experience of facilitating groups and working individually with both children and adults.
Formerly a clinical lead therapist working within the NHS, she now lectures at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, and runs workshops and short courses on the uses of imagery games and story-telling in the promotion of well-being.
Deborah is author of several titles, including Helping Children to Improve their Communication Skills, Helping Children to Cope with Change, Stress and Anxiety and Helping Children to Build Self-Esteem, 2nd edition,
Author: Deborah Plummer Pub 2012 UK Pb 150 pages.