I am so glad you posted and are interested in ways to help your students quiet their minds and be more present. Increasingly, more research is being done that supports the use of mindfulness practices to not only help students self-regulate, but also assist with rumination. When educators adopt mindfulness practices and share them with their students, students experience positive outcomes academically as well as behaviorally and socially. Mindfulness-based programs that promote social emotional learning are an effective means of supporting students with special needs.
I am posting two studies below, but feel free to email me at email@example.com for a summary of research abstracts regarding to mindfulness in education.
Mindfulness shown to lessen anxiety, enhance social skills and improve academic performance in students with learning disabilities.
Beauchemin, J., Hutchins, T. L., & Patterson, F. (2008). Mindfulness meditation may lessen anxiety, promote social skills, and improve academic performance among adolescents with learning disabilities. Complementary Health Practice Review, 13, 34–45.
Thirty-four students diagnosed with a learning disability participated in a pilot study with a pre-post no- control design to determine the feasibility and outcomes of a 5-week mindfulness intervention. Those adolescents that completed the program demonstrated decreased state and trait anxiety, enhanced social skills, and improved academic performance. Interviews performed post-study revealed an overwhelmingly positive attitude toward the program.
Ability to self-regulate improves with MBSR Training program.
Flook, L. et al. (2010). The effects of mindful awareness practices on executive function in elementary school children, Journal of Applied School Psychology, 26: 1, 70-95.
These two pilot studies demonstrated that mindful awareness practices improve executive function in elementary school children. Specifically, there was improvement in self-regulatory abilities among preschool and elementary school students who participated in an 8-week modified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training program, taught in two 30-minute sessions per week. Children who were initially less well-regulated showed the strongest improvements subsequent to training, as compared to children in the control group who did not receive the training.
Inner Explorer's programs are based on the MBSR training protocols and are easily incorporated into the classroom with 5-10 minute unique, guided practices. We have programs that serve students K-12 and I can help you identify which program would be best suited for your students.