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Resource eBlast January 2021
for families of children and youth with special health care needs
Mindfulness in the New Year

Mindfulness is focusing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This e-blast for families provides suggestions on how to understand and practice mindfulness, even when it feels like there is no time at all!

You are not alone if you sometimes struggle with the meaning of this word… let alone knowing how to practice it or having the time to do it! Mindful.org defines the basics and offers suggestions. Let's work toward some ways we can simply “be” in our hectic, overwhelming, and very COVID-19-impacted lives as families of CYSHCN.

Are you unsure whether mindfulness can really help support you and your family given the everyday challenges of raising a child with special health care needs? This article summarizes a study published in Pediatrics that demonstrates real change for families of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

For many of our children and families, the “classroom” is home, so consider some of these simple yet profound mindfulness activities from Waterford.org that might help us all catch our breath!
Talking to Kids About Mindfulness

Some kids may not understand, accept, or want to do some of the activities or mindful practices you suggest. How can you introduce the concepts to them? How can you help them to try it? Modify for their needs? Consider some ideas and advice from these articles:

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