Mindfulness practice offers an effective path to develop healthy responses to a chaotic world. However, many students with disabilities have difficulty with their interoceptive system which negatively impacts on their ability to benefit from traditional mindfulness practice. Interoception is the ability to sense and interpret information from our internal condition. This workshop introduces specific strategies to support mindulness activities and provide awareness of the body and emotions in order to improve self regulation and reduce anxiety. Each participant will gain an understanding of the challenges faced by children/ students with diverse needs and will develop a plan to implement mindfulness activities in their learning context.
This workshop is suitable for special education, early childhood, junior primary, primary and secondary educators.
At the end of the workshop participants will:
Understand the challenges faced by children/ students with diverse needs in regards to self regulation, self awareness and interoception (that is the ability to understand internal signals from our body).
Be introduced to strategies and programs appropriate for children/ students with diverse needs and cognitive delays that support the teaching of mindfulness.
Develop a plan to implement mindfulness activities in their learning context.
Leanne Longfellow is a special education teacher, academic researcher and parent of a young adult with disabilities. She has taught for over 30 years in a variety of settings with students with disabilities, provided numerous professional learning sessions for educators, presented at Australian and international conferences and is in the final stages of completing doctoral research in special education.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. This workshop addresses the standards 1.2, 1.5. 1.6 , 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.3. This certificate will be emailed to participants after the workshop.
Participants will receive handouts and suggested reading to build on this professional learning.
Tea, coffee and snacks are included.
Each participant will receive a $20 voucher toward a massage. They will also be invited to go into the draw for a one hour mobile massage from Seion Day Spa (this is drawn on the night).
‘I am a kindy relief teacher and I have been to one workshop previously and it was informative and at a good level of understanding so thank you for running these at an affordable price’ Marian Harper
‘I enjoyed the workshop. It was informative and we were able to share views and opinions. I was able to update my knowledge on students with disabilities’. Gaylene Green
What can I bring into the event?
You require a pen and something to lean on when writing.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can contact Special Education Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org