When children are feeling anxious or worried they look to their caregivers for reassurance.

Modelling mindfulness around your children can help them feel more calm. Mindfulness is being present in the moment – so, being aware of your body, mind, and feelings and accepting them without judging them as good or bad.

Children may respond well to mindfulness that focuses on senses. For example, you could create mindful moments during the day where you take part in an activity with your child and use all of your 5 senses (e.g. gardening, cooking).

Some children, including some children with autism, may find mindfulness activities stressful because it lacks structure and a clear goal or purpose. These children may prefer alternative activities that have a clear structure and purpose, and that draw on their strengths and interests.

To access mindfulness exercises, please see the Smiling Mind app that is freely available. You can also access additional information and resources on mindfulness here.