Mindfulness Classes for Kids

Vista Wellness Center

Starting October 1st—sign up now to hold your spot

The growing body of research on mindfulness in schools reports the following list of core benefits:

• Better focus and concentration

• Increased sense of calm

• Decreased stress and anxiety

• Improved impulse control

• Increased self-awareness

• Skillful responses to difficult emotions

• Increased empathy and understanding

• Develop conflict resolution skills

Mindfulness involves the practice of “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose and in the present moment”.  Mindfulness has shown to benefit students in the following areas: better focus and concentration, increased sense of calm, decreased stress and anxiety, improved impulse control, increased self-awareness, skillful responses to difficult emotions, increased empathy and understanding, and development conflict resolution skills.

 Mindfulness can benefit students’ focus by increasing self-regulation, helping the mind and body to manage stress more effectively. Formal mindfulness training exercises, can strengthen students’ capacity for being mindful and relating to many experiences—whether positive, neutral, stressful, or difficult—in ways that are responsive rather than reactive and reflexive. The emergence of this skill set is a core goal of social–emotional learning. Regular practice of mindfulness exercises also strengthens students’ capacity to self-regulate attention, by developing attentional control through repeated and intentional focusing, sustaining, and shifting of attention.

Craig Steinberg, PhD

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Craig Steinberg, PhD will be offering Mindfulness Classes for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade at the Vista Wellness Center. The classes start October 1st and run for 17 weeks.  Dr. Steinberg will be the facilitator of the classes and will be implementing a 17-session evidence-based curriculum that will engage children through lessons including mindfulness of sound, breath, body, emotions, test taking, generosity, appreciation, kindness and caring, and others. There are separate curriculums for Kindergarten through 5th grade students and for 6th grade through high school students.  

Craig Steinberg is a psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. Dr. Steinberg is currently in private practice. Besides serving clients in his private practice office, he also works serving students in both the Eugene and Springfield school districts in his role as psychologist in his vision of integration of mental health into the school system. Dr. Steinberg has integrated mindfulness into both his personal and clinical practice for the past five years. He has studied with Mindful Schools and is certified in teaching mindfulness curriculums for school-aged children from kindergarten through high school.