Mindfulness is increasing in popularity, and there is increasing evidence to support the use of mindfulness to reduce anxiety and improve quality of life. According to studies (Dr Wray, ASD Symposium, 18 June 2018), between 40 to 80% of all children with Autism have anxiety levels that interfere in their daily occupations and this tends to progressively worsen during the teenage years.
Rocky Bay’s Peaceful Pandas program is designed to empower children by teaching them the concepts and techniques of mindfulness and how this may link to emotional regulation. The children will be presented with practical strategies for coping with difficult emotions and anxiety.
Benefits of Peaceful Pandas
The Peaceful Pandas therapy offers participants an opportunity to learn:
- How to move their bodies mindfully using a variety of sequences to support emotional regulation
- Breathing and mindfulness activities to promote self-awareness and regulation
- Further tips and techniques for managing anxiety and other difficult emotions
The group will be taught through games and activities which are loads of fun!
A child and parent pre/post assessment will also occur.
Peaceful Pandas Program Structure
Facilitated by two therapists each session, children and parents who attend the group must be able to commit to attending at least 80% of sessions. There will be a focus on practising strategies at home between sessions to ensure content learnt can be generalised in other environments.
Who’s eligible for the Peaceful Pandas Program?
- Children aged 6 – 9/10 years
- Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Has difficulty managing difficult emotions or anxiety
- Able to participate in some physical postures and movements throughout the group and;
- Has access to the internet and a computer, tablet or smartphone.
The next sessions of Peaceful Pandas will run during school term 4. This upcoming workshop will be the equivalent of 5.45 NDIS plan hours.
- Beginning 14 October 2020, running for 7 weeks
- Duncraig Hub
- 3:45pm to 5:00pm