Mindfulness is often thought of as something that is used only by adults; in particular, to help with stress, anxiety, and depression. This is not wholly true, however. Just as we, as adults, feel the negative effects of the aforementioned conditions, children feel them just as keenly and the effects can be even more severe, as they may struggle to understand the new feelings that go along with these conditions. This course aims to help children to benefit from practicing mindfulness and arm them with techniques that will help them to handle negative emotions better, and give them tools that they can use throughout their lives.
The Mindfulness for Children Diploma Course requires no prerequisite knowledge, so is immediately accessible, no matter whether students have studied this subject before or have never heard of it.
The course is designed for parents and others responsible for the care of children, to learn about mindfulness to then aid children in using the practice and gaining the benefits of doing so, all of which are explained in the course materials. As the course gives students a good basic understanding of mindfulness and mediation, care-givers can themselves use the information to begin their own mindfulness practice and to use as a foundation to go onto further study in this area.
The 1st module of the Mindfulness for Children Diploma Course discusses stress. This includes: the symptoms of stress, the factors that can contribute to a child becoming stressed, why stress exists, and the effects on the brain. The module then moves on to explaining how practicing mindfulness can help counteract these effects and simple ways that it can be brought into the daily routine of a child as easily it can be in an adult’s life, with similar positive effects.
Just as the negative effects of stress were explained in the proceeding module, module 2 explains the positive effects of mindfulness and meditation. First what mindfulness and mediation are, is explained, along with how they are different, how a child can practice both, and what the benefits of each are. The module ends with a practical meditation exercise and a list of other simple, one-minute exercises, which are ideal for children to practice.
The 3rd module of the Mindfulness for Children Diploma Course is all about the brain and its ability to create new neural pathways to adapt. This information is important in the area of mindfulness, as it proves that while you may be used to thinking in a certain way, it is possible to change. It is also an interesting study into how our mind takes on new information and develops with us.
It is easy to look at everything that needs to be done and become overwhelmed, which will lead inevitably to stress. The 4th module talks about how to make life similar, to take time out and stop living on autopilot, becoming more mindful of our lives, rather than being swept up in it. This module includes techniques to help you and your child do this and advice and tips on how to gain a more fulfilling life through mindfulness.
The 5th module of the Mindfulness for Children Course links mindfulness to creative thinking and feeding the imagination, rather than stifling the mind with rules, standardisation, and conformity. The module explains how some of the most respected scientists found upon their discoveries through creative, rather purely logical, thinking, along with discussing the results of various studies on the subject, before going on to provide some guides in helping to aid creative thinking and using the imagination.
‘Gratitude’ – this simple word with powerful connotations is the subject of module 6. In a world where we are taught to strive for more and are presented with negative messages of the self and of the world through the various media outlets to which we subscribe, this module brings us back to the beautiful simplicity of appreciating what we have. Children can have great wants and needs, to be taught to appreciate what they have and be grateful for all they receive is a powerful life lesson. Along with teaching us how to do this, the module also provides 2 guided mediations and a 30-day gratitude journal, to help students to practice gratitude.
How often do you tell your child to chew their food properly (along with not eating with their mouths open)? When was the last time you took the time to enjoy your food, rather than getting it down you, so you can move onto the next task? The 7th module of the Mindfulness for Children Diploma Course discusses how to practice mindful eating. The idea is that we take the time to enjoy our food, which in turn helps us to eat and digest properly, stop over-eating, and use food for its intended purpose – to nourish the body, rather than as a reward or to placate negative emotions.
Module 8 provides students with a number of mindfulness exercises that are designed specifically for children; helping them to gain further understanding of the subject, in ways that are easier for them to practice. Also covered here is a pastime that children already practice and that is just applicable to adults, this being the use of colouring as a tool for mindfulness.
As with module 8, module 9 of the Mindfulness for Children Diploma Course provides exercises designed for children, but in this case for practicing mindfulness and helping self-confidence. This module also provides 101 affirmations to choose from, for your children to use to quell the negative voice and bring positivity to their subconscious beliefs and inner-most thoughts.
Having worked through all the proceeding modules, the final module of the course brings it all together by helping students to work with their child to create a daily mindfulness practice catered for them as an individual.
The Mindfulness for Children Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.
This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.
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All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.
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