Compassionate Classrooms: Mindfulness-Based Skills to Promote Resilience and Connection in the Autism Classroom

11/19/2020 - 10:00am

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: Professional Development

District/Organization: edWeb

The goal of this edWebinar is to introduce mindfulness skills that educators, therapists and paraprofessionals can integrate into the classroom to build resiliency, distress tolerance and connection in students with autism. At the end of this session, you will have gained insight into how simple mindfulness practices directly impact our body’s ability to downregulate in the face of stress, anxiety and trauma. You will be able to integrate concrete skills into your classroom to support students’, as well as your own, wellness.

Objectives include:
Define basic understanding of how stress impacts the nervous system and our ability to self-regulate
Practice breathing techniques to calm and balance an activated nervous system
Practice mindfulness exercises to regulate emotions and connect to present-moment awareness
Define skills proven to boost resilience and widen the “window of tolerance” (the optimal space for learning, when we are calm, present and connected to ourselves and others)
Plan for how and when to integrate skills into a typical school day (virtually or in person)
Reflect on current self-care practices and how they translate to the culture of classroom wellness

This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, school leaders, therapists, and counselors. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.