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Karen Bax

Making Mindfulness Matter (M3)

Led by Dr. Karen Bax and Dr. Claire Cooks, Making Mindfulness Matter - Creating a Culture of Resiliency in the Family.

Western University’s Mary J. Wright research and Education Centre has been working in Collaboration with Merrymount Children's Centre to create and implement the M3 Program.

M3 is a concurrent parent and child program that supports parents by offering a new approach to parenting in stressful situation and helps children Build skills to manage their emotions and behaviours and build caring relationship with those around.

Through exploring how our brain works under stress, M3 teaches how we can pay better attention o our feelings, thoughts and behaviours through mindful awareness which helps us make better decisions about how we respond. M3 also teaches positive ways to respond, like perspective taking, using thankfulness, kindness and positive thinking.

The M3 program involves:

  • 8 weeks long
  • Includes one 90 minute session per week
  • Facilitates concurrent groups with parents and children joining together at the end of each group to practice M3 skills together
  • Teaches mindful awareness and social emotional learning skills

Anton Puvirajah and Nicole Neil

The Effects of a Pilot After STEM Program on Social Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Led by Dr. Nicole Neil and Dr. Anton Puvirajah

The purpose of this pilot study is to determine the effects of group -video-modeling of social skills to an audience of children ages 10-13 with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. The target social skills will be embedded within a STEM after-school program.

Study participation involves:

  • Parent/Caregiver
    • 1.25 hour screening and pre- and post-assessment
  • Child
    • Attend 3 to 4 hour long session
    • The session will teach social skills that involve teamwork and cooperation using group video modeling
    • Practice social skills during STEM activities

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How Can Short Bursts of Physical Activity and Mindfulness Meditiation Improve Children's Attentional Focus?

Led by Dr. Barbara Fenesi

Our research aims to better understand how behavioural treatments (rather than drug therapy) can be used to help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) better focus their attention during classroom learning. We are looking to recruit children ages 10-14yrs of age who have been diagnosed with ADHD. Children will participate in a fun, short burst of stationary biking, as well as a 10-minute guided meditation exercise. They will also play a series of brain games and have their brain activity measured using our new brain imaging technology. This work will help us understand how we can get more physical activity and mindfulness meditation exercises into schools and classrooms to help better support student learning. Children and parents will be compensated $$ for their time. Please contact activeminds2019@gmail.com for more information!