Does your child become fearful of social situations with unfamiliar people? Does your child worry excessively about things that may have never happened? Does he or she check things, or do things, or talk about things over and over again? Does he or she have difficulty getting out the door to school or other activities due to worry or feeling nervous? Does he or she complain of nightmares, stomachaches, headaches? Do they become irritated when things are not perfect?
Does your child have difficulty with focus and attention? Does he or she move from task to task without completing? Does he or she have difficulty with joining in activities without interrupting people when they speak? Does your child seem fidgety and/or hyperactive, squirming in the seat, kicking things with little consideration that this may bother someone else, talk excessively or make noises or have difficulty making the connection between actions and consequences or poor impulse control?
Does your child lose his or her temper easily? Is he or she often irritable, argumentative, resentful? Does your child refuse to comply with rules, requests from authority? Do they often annoy others and blame others for his or her mistakes?
Is your child sad more than happy? Do they appear hopeless and have unexplained mood changes? Is your child irritable, withdrawn from social interactions or spends a lot of time alone? Decreased or increased appetite? Difficulty concentrating? Sleeping a lot? Physical complaints that do not respond to treatment? Thoughts and or threats of suicide?
Does your child struggle with interacting with peers? Does he or she struggle with group projects, interrupt others, feel left out? Does he or she have difficulty with understanding non-verbal communication or typical social cues like when another child crosses their arms and looks away because he or she doesn't want to talk? Takes things way too personally? Doesn't understand riddles or sarcasm. Withdraws from conversations? Prefers talking to adults rather than to peers?
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Breath, movement and meditation have been found to benefit a healthy sense of self and overall mental health. They have been found to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue in children compared to more traditional physical education.
Mindfulness is intimately connected to self-awareness and this can extend self-regulation. Kids who are just learning to manage their own internal stuff, can benefit greatly from some instruction on how to do this rather than having to stumble through it on their own.
Meditation has been found to inspire kindness to others. "Kids who practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness build skills of attention, self-awareness, self-management leading to more responsible decision making and prosocial behavior." says Yoga 4 Classroom funder Lisa Flynn