Mindfulness and ADHD

Our Program

What is Mindfulness?
What type of Mindfulness groups do you offer?
How does the program work?
Do you have a class for parents?

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness, broadly defined, means paying attention on purpose to present experience, without judgment. By practicing mindfulness, you attend to thoughts, feelings, and sensations without trying to change them, therefore becoming aware of your thoughts, emotions and actions.
The focus is on the here and now:

  • What are you doing right now?
  • What are you thinking about?
  • What are you attending to?
  • Mindful Awareness leads to improved behavioral self regulation and cognitive-emotional self regulation:

  • Impulse control
  • Inhibition
  • Self-control
  • Self-management
  • Self-correction
  • Independence
  • What type of Mindfulness groups do you offer?

    We are currently offering a 6-week group for children ages 7-8 and ages 9-12. This group will teach children how to use mindfulness to control their attention. By acquiring mindful awareness children also become more aware of their emotional state and react less impulsively. The groups will focus on all of the foundational skills of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, leading to enhanced positive interactions with others, increased self-esteem, and promoting independence. The fee is $600 for the 6 week group. We can provide paperwork for you to submit to your insurance company for out of network benefits.

    How does the program work?

    Program structure: The group will consist of 6 weekly 90-minute sessions. Each session will focus on a different activity that promotes mindfulness and being fully present in that moment.

    Practicing the exercises leads to:

  • Learning how to inhibit our impulses and make better choices
  • Strengthening and repeatedly engaging executive functions (e.g., attention and working memory)
  • Learning how to regulate our emotions
  • Learning how to use visual cues to help us focus and stay on task in the present moment
  • Becoming aware of the different choices and options we have in dealing with every-day difficulties
  • Improving our ability to achieve our every-day goals
  • Fostering and increasing independence
  • Developing social skills
  • Learning how to deal with stressful situations
  • Acceptance of who we are exactly how we are
  • Increasing self-esteem and decreasing critical self-statements
  • Deepening awareness of our thoughts and body through sensory based practices
  • Do you have a class for parents?

    In the 7-8 year old group, one parent will participate with their child. This will allow the parents to learn and practice all of the skills and then reinforce and support their child with these newly learned abilities.

    In the 9-12 year old group, parents will have the benefit of meeting during the first group to review the structure and outline of the group. This meeting will also provide parents with a unique opportunity to personally practice a portion of the skills that their children will be learning. To increase awareness throughout the duration of the group, parents are invited to participate in the last 15 minutes of group each week to review what was learned, go over the home practices, and ask further questions.
    What can I expect by the end of the group? Will my child be better focused?

    The purpose of our program is to teach skills, however, it is the practicing of these skills that leads to change. Some children will practice on their own but most will need the help of their parents. During the parent meetings we will discuss ideas to incorporate mindfulness into day to day activities so it does not feel like “work.”

    Most of the feedback we get is children being able to use their skills to calm themselves when frustrated. Parents also feel they are calmer when parenting. Many children have also talked about being more present in the classroom and with friends. We have found that the children whose families have encouraged the continued use of these skills begin to incorporate them into their day to day life independently and feel more in control of themselves.