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Brenda Shankey is fully trained to give children the skills of mindfulness, to live in the present moment instead of squandering the precious seconds of their lives as they worry about the future and regret the past. It is also a key learning resource for face to face mindfulness sessions.
The weight of evidence from recent studies* concludes that:
Mindfulness for young people is easy to carry out, fits into a wide range of contexts, is enjoyed by both students and teachers, and does no harm. Well conducted mindfulness interventions can improve the mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing of young people who take part. It has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, reactivity and bad behaviour, improve sleep and self-esteem, and bring about greater calmness, relaxation, the ability to manage behaviour and emotions, self-awareness and empathy.
Mindfulness can contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills and executive function. It can help young people pay greater attention, be more focused, think in more innovative ways, use existing knowledge more effectively, improve working memory, and enhance planning, problem solving, and reasoning skills.
The studies also show that adolescents who are mindful, either through their character or through learning, tend to experience greater well-being, and that being more mindful tends to accompany more positive emotion, greater popularity and having more friends, and less negative emotion and anxiety. Mindfulness is therefore likely to have beneficial effects on the emotional wellbeing, mental health, ability to learn and the physical health of school students.
Such interventions have an impact fairly quickly, and are enjoyable and civilising, for pupils and staff.
Leaving Primary Seven to go into 1st year of Secondary education was a huge transition for my daughter Katie as it is for any child. She started to suffer really badly with anxiety/panic attacks. It was effecting her sleep/eating/concentration/moods/social life. I tried everything I bought every vitiamin under the sun and got her into all sorts off classes; nothing worked. Four weeks ago I heard about Brenda Shankey: After fifty minutess of mindfulness Katie came out smiling. Four weeks on I have a truely different wee girl, she's so much in control off her own thoughts/feelings and is so much calmer, there's a huge difference in her exam results and her approach to life is very different. I want to thank Brenda Shankey for the amazing work she is doing with Katie! This woman is amazing the way she teaches kids to think. I definitely recommend it!
My son has been with Brenda Shankey for 6 weeks with the aim of improving his confidence and managing his frequent anxiety attacks . After the first few sessions we have seen a remarkable improvement in his behaviour and sleeping patterns it has also improved his concentration levels and confidence. I would fully recommend the mindfulness program for any children or adults.
Many thanks Brenda for making our lives much easier looking forward to seeing you in the next session