What is MYmind?
MYmind is an evidence-based mindfulness program developed at the University of Amsterdam specifically adapted for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). MYmind combines Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
Kimberley's MYmind program is a program for children aged 9-12 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to attend together with their parents. In the program, parents and children learn a variety of mindfulness techniques, including breathing, stretching and attention exercises. In a collaborative and supportive environment, parents and children also develop MYmind practice they can employ at home.
Research from the University of Amsterdam demonstrates that MYmind mindfulness training lessens anxious and sad feelings and improves behaviour and social communication in children and adolescents with ASD. Parents can employ MYmind skills to guard against stress and burnout and to enhance their psychological well-being. They can further support their overwhelmed child by encouraging them to use MYmind tools to calm down. As a result of mindfulness training, parents feel more competent in their ability to parent their child.
MYMIND: KIMBERLEY's EXCLUSIVE TRAINING
MYmind training includes:
- Attention and concentration exercises
- Mindful breathing and stretching exercises
- Exercise to increase the pause between thinking, feeling, and reacting
- Group sharing of learning
- Tools to practice at home to ensure success
GOALS and BENEFITS
Parents and children who practice mindfulness together can use, and encourage one another to use, tools and techniques to help them calm down under stress.
The MYmind program is designed to:
- Improve concentration and attention
- Reduce stress and worry
- Reduce "stuck" feelings and negative thought patterns
- Improve our ability to keep calm under stress
- Reduce propensity to act without thinking
- Improve sleep
MYmind spring program
Kimberley is hosting a 6-week MYmind program in Spring, 2017 at the Counselling & MIndfulness Clinic on Sunday mornings.
March 26, 2017 - May 6, 2017
(Exclusions: April 16, 2017 (Easter Sunday)
Sunday mornings from
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Counselling & Mindfulness Clinic
$400 for 6 sessions
(1.5 hours each)
Cost includes attendance of one child and one parent.
Covered by health insurance programs.
A workbook is provided to each participant.
Each participant should bring a yoga mat and pillow.