Reflecting on much of the work that we have been working on with the children in terms of emotional intelligence recently, the Cognitive Drive Team have noted how well the children have taken to the work on mindfulness that is going on within school. We now have weekly “Lego Therapy” and “Relax Kids” sessions that the children can attend. These sessions aside, the children have also learnt strategies to manage their emotions including breathing exercises and other physical exercises. You may have heard the children talking about these. All of these events contribute to the children’s mindfulness. Recent research by neuroscientist Amishi Jha suggests that this may also improve the attention and concentration of individuals. This is obviously a benefit we would welcome so we are looking to raise the profile of mindfulness further within school.
See Amishi Jha’s Ted talk about her research here
For more of the work completed by her team you can also browse her website here