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Kids' Health

Introduction to Teaching Mindfulness to Children


with Erica Marcus, MAT, Teacher, and Certified Mindful Schools Instructor

Calendar Next session starts Sep 25, 2018 at 6 pm

Children can benefit from practicing mindfulness just as much as adults! Join us to learn how a consistent mindfulness practice can help children build focus, empathy and emotional regulation skills. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, lower rates of missed work/school days, and increase cognitive performance in children.

This class will be helpful for parents, caregivers and teachers who care for children in grades pre-K through 12.

Certificates of attendance will be available if requested.

Local Author Series: Kari Wagner-Peck's Not Always Happy


with Kari Wagner-Peck, MSW

Calendar Next session starts Sep 27, 2018 at 5:30 pm

What if we saw disability as natural? And Down syndrome was diversity instead of exclusion? This class will explore the common stereotypes about children with Down syndrome-- "they're always happy!" or ""they're so stubborn!" compared to the reality that like all children, children with Down syndrome are complex people with the same hopes and desires. This class is for both parents and professionals. Come with an open mind and heart-- and expect to enjoy yourself with frank, sharp and funny observations from the author’s experience as a parent, an advocate and a clinical social worker.

Kari’s memoir, Not Always Happy: An Unusual Parenting Journey was published in 2017. After the class, there will be a book signing for those interested in staying. 

Mindfulness & Technology


with Erica Marcus, MAT, Teacher, and Certified Mindful Schools Instructor

Calendar Next session starts Nov 6, 2018 at 6 pm

Technology, like computers and smart phones, gives us incredible access to information and one another. However, it can also easily take over our attention and have a negative impact on our wellbeing. Young people are growing up in a world where technology is everywhere. They are still developing, so they are even more prone to negative effects.

Through this interactive class, families will learn about how technology impacts people who use it often and who depend on it. We will:

  • Review current research around screen use
  • Identify your current technology habits
  • Practice some mindful technology use
  • Create a Mindful Technology Use Plan for your family

This class will teach you how to manage your technology use, and how to support mindful technology use in your family, rather than be controlled by it. Children over 10 who are accompanied by parent are welcome. The price is $15 per person.

Teaching Mindfulness to Children Workshop


with Erica Marcus, MAT, Teacher, and Certified Mindful Schools Instructor

Calendar Next session starts Oct 2, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This three-part series explores more in depth than the one-night Introduction to Teaching Mindfulness to Children. In each class, the instruction will include modeling, discussion, and practice. You will learn how to teach mindfulness strategies to children as you cultivate your own personal practice.

Each class will focus around a theme:

  • Class one will look at senses and body
  • Class two will focus on emotions and the mind
  • Class three will revolve around compassion practices.

There will be light homework required, in which you will be asked to complete at home practice sessions and deliver material to young people in your life.

A foundation in mindfulness practice or previously taking the Introduction to Teaching Mindfulness to Children class is preferred.

Certificates of attendance will be available if requested.

Vaping: The Target is Our Teens


with Kristen McAuley, MPH, Nikki Jarvais, and Jill Frame, MSW, LCSW

Calendar Next session starts Oct 30, 2018 at 11:30 am

Join a panel of Maine experts for an interactive discussion on vaping, JUUL and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Find out about what your teens likely already know about vaping and what young Mainers are telling our panelists about how they are using these products. You will also have an opportunity to see some of the most common devices, receive tips from a local high school substance abuse counselor on how to talk to teens about vaping and get the latest information on Maine law regarding ENDS and usage among Maine teens. Join us to get your questions answered so you can be better prepared to talk to the teens in your life.

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