Our Impact

Studies show that social emotional learning is critical to long term success and well-bing.  Kind Mind programs have supported improvement in the following areas of social emotional health in young children:

  • Emotional Regulation 
  • Stress 
  • Emotional Distress
  • Compassion
  • Attention stability

Current research associates lack of social emotional skills in children with negative long term outcomes including: unemployment, incarceration, lack of education, and substance use. Mindfulness is a key component to building self-awareness, understanding and managing difficult emotions, and soothing the nervous system to promote learning.  Kind Mind seeks to join prevention efforts by equipping children and families with healthy coping strategies to promote resilience. 

Other Mindfulness Research

There is 30 years of research showing that mindfulness works to cultivate well-being, and decrease a number of psychological and physical symptoms in adult populations. We are in the process of validating these findings in children and adolescents.

Research is promising and serious research is happening around youth mindfulness. The last 10 years have been validating the research that we have for adults.

The most consistent research findings across youth mindfulness programs (Mindful Schools, Mind Up, etc.) included:

  1. Attention stability
  2. Emotional balance and impulse control

Not only are we building these skills from within, when mindfulness is practiced for short periods of time frequently, the brain actually starts to change.

Attentional stability

  • The development of attention is the ability to recognize how our attention works or wanders.
  • Mindfulness develops the ability to notice so children can make a choice when they their mind wandering to come back to the conversation, or not.
  • This is empowering choice in children (and adults!).

Emotional self-regulation/balance

  • Ability to recognize the moment of impulse.
  • Mindfulness is the moment of recognition. This allows us to have a little more space to make a decision.
  • This is also empowering the child to make a choice.

Here are some articles to support the work, specific to trauma and adverse childhood experiences…

The Role of Mindfulness in Reducing the Adverse Effects of Childhood Stress and Trauma

Mindfulness Practice with Children who have Experienced Trauma

Interested In Learning More?

Download our 2018 research findings.