Directions 1. Find a comfortable position for the children to remain in during the session. This may be sitting with legs crossed, seated in a chair, or lying down. 2. Begin playing music that is engaging and holds the attention of the children. 3. Spend several minutes modeling and a steady pattern of breathing in and out. 4. If comfortable and rapport has been established, invite the children to close their eyes. 5. Ask the children to think about one thing that is “happy” and picture that one thing in their mind. 6. Ask them to describe what they see with as much detail as possible. 7. Continue cueing steady, deep breathing. 8. Ask the children to see the image again in their minds and notice what feeling they have when they see it.
Mindful Me: Engaging Children in Mindfulness Practices Darcy DeLoach, Ph.D., MT-BC University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky Description The purpose of this music-listening intervention is to provide practice in calming and self-regulation techniques. Goals to enhance focused attention to improve self-regulation to increase relaxation response Behavior Observation The child will: remain still and quiet while attending to the music engage in deep breathing and mindfulness techniques relax muscles and breath steadily Materials Live or recorded music without lyrics A space to sit comfortably with limited distractions
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Continue cueing steady, deep breathing. 10. When the exercise is completed, ask the children to notice the support of what they are sitting/lying on and notice the sounds in the room around them before they open their eyes. 9.
Adaptations Discuss the process of noticing feelings and have children imagine that what they are feeling is their whole body. Depending on the children’s needs, another word/ image can be processed. Three Song Recommendations: Yoga Nidra by Meditation Spa Stars and Butterflies by Dario Marianelli Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi About the Author Darcy DeLoach, Ph.D., MT-BC, is the Director of Music Therapy at the University of Louisville where she teaches, writes and advocates for the use of music therapy interventions across the lifespan.
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