What is MiND.IT™?
MiND.IT™ is a research-based training program specifically designed to help children improve executive dysfunction, including difficulties with attention, concentration, anxiety, and self-regulation.
MiND.IT™ integrates the empirical evidence of a variety of established interventions, including the cognitive benefits of mindfulness training. Once trained, mindfulness relies on the practice of this awareness in the present with increased reflection on mood and reaction. MiND.IT™ is not a therapeutic program, it is educational in nature and does not substitute for counseling or therapy.
What is mindfulness and how is it related to emotion regulation?
Mindfulness can enhance students’ capacities in self-regulation of attention and emotions, and buffer the developing brain from the harmful effects of excessive stress. Training emotional regulation begins by training the student to become more aware, identify emotional reactions or responses, and manage their responses.
Why is emotion regulation important?
Emotion regulation skills are developmental in nature and continue through adulthood. These skills are critical to mental health, academic achievement, and good social relationships.
Emotional dysregulation has been linked mood disorders, attentional regulation, anxiety disorders, acting out, behavioral dyscontrol, substance abuse, etc.
Research from Neuroscience
Research on mindfulness for children and teens suggests various positive effects on physical and mental health, behavior, and performance
Evidence-based research shows increased resilience and more optimal brain function. Due to the brain’s neuroplastic nature individuals can actively change their brain structures in ways that promote attention, awareness, and self-regulation.
MiND.IT™ is available individually in this office. Courses are for one hour and run for 12 weeks with a fee of $2400.
Recommendations are typically focused on remediation, accommodations, or a combination of both. They also are directed at encouraging the child to become engaged with tasks and a fully active participant in the classroom. The evaluation is to help the parents and child understand the profile of the child based on the specific strengths and weaknesses and the impact they have on functioning. It is usually helpful to tell children that you are interested in finding out the best way he or she learns to help the teachers know how to teach the student.
Contact the office to determine if an evaluation is deemed appropriate. If so, the child will be scheduled, with appointment confirmed via email. After approximately two weeks after the final information source (i.e.: rating scales, observation, etc.) is received, an extended feedback session with the parents is conducted. The report is typically given after the meeting.