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Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference

Evening Edition

Aired 2/6/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Steven Hickman, M.D., Executive Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Amy Saltzman, M.D., Co-founder and Director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, The Still Quiet Place

Transcript

Parents and educators are always looking for new and exciting ways to enhance the school experience for to help kids deal with the stressors of school life. Some of those methods have been controversial. For instance, last year, the Encinitas School District was sued, over the public school's physical education program when they incorporated yoga. Some parents argued it was a religious practice. The judge disagreed and found in favor of the school district.

Another tool being used by educators, healthcare providers and psychotherapists is a practice called "Mindfulness." It's a type of meditation that involves being still — in the moment, and reflecting instead of reacting to circumstances and people around you. Early research on children finds it helps with attention skills, reduces test anxiety, provides social-emotional awareness and interpersonal skills.

Mindfulness Conference

Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth:Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education and Research

February 7th-9th

Teaching 'Mindfulness' to children — is the focus of a conference in San Diego next week sponsored by UC San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego's Center for Mindfulness.

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