Suggest mindfulness apps for kids to any parents looking for suggestions to help calm and center their children
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
― Amit Ray
Mindfulness, a form of meditation, is becoming ever so popular with celebrities, sports figures, and even the U.S. military. By fully concentrating on what is in their mind or surroundings, a person can center themselves and feel a sense of calm. Plus, a recent John Hopkins study found that only eight weeks of meditation was effective in treating depression, pain, and anxieties. If your youngest clients—or more possibly their parents—asks for suggestions on ways to remain calm and centered at home, recommend these ten mindfulness apps for kids.
1. ADHD Trainer
ADHD Trainer is a cognitive tool for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It was created to help them work on focus and memory concepts, with the help of playing “games” to work on cognitive functioning.
2. Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame
With sections for both parents and children, this Sesame Street app teaches young kids how to calm down and solve everyday challenges. Children will enjoy the interactive “play time” with a Sesame Street monster, and parents can view educational tools to help them manage their child’s anxieties or anger issues.
There are many mindfulness apps for kids about practicing meditation, but if you’re looking for one that does that, while also focusing on relaxation and sleep, don’t look any further than Calm. Their “Sleep Stories” function tells tales to help users fall asleep easier. There’s also a special section for “Calm Kids,” but parents may like this app so much they’ll want to use it as well.
4. Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings
Children suffering from mental health issues often have a difficult time expressing their feelings. PBS’s Daniel Tiger teaches children how to calm down when angry, celebrate proud moments, and relax with music and activities. Plus, who doesn’t love spending time with Daniel Tiger and friends?
The popular meditation app Headspace designed a kid-friendly option that would be an ideal recommendation to your clients. There are five themes: Calm, Focus, Kindness, Sleep, and Wake Up, and the app is customized for three age groups—under 5, 6-8, and 9-12. Plus, parents can use the adult version to practice mindfulness alongside their child.
Young worriers can significantly benefit from HelloMind, an app which helps change negative thought patterns. Children can choose treatments based on whatever is bothering them. Examples include low self-esteem, needing courage, or being afraid to stick up for one’s self.
7. Mindfulness for Children
If you’re looking for an app to recommend to your clients that include both breathing and visualization exercises, Mindfulness for Children is it. Children can learn breathing exercises that they can use at school, during sports, or anytime they are feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
Silo is an up-and-coming distraction-blocking app that lets the user control the types of notifications and alerts from their devices. A recent study in Pediatrics of children between the ages of six months and four years discovered “Almost all children (96.6%) used mobile devices and most started using before age 1.” Researchers at Kent State University found frequent cell phone usage tied to poorer academic performance, anxiety, and unhappiness. Silo looks to be a promising mindfulness app for children to help them focus on the world around them.
9. Thrive for Alexa from Thrive Global
Children love talking with Alexa on their parents’ Amazon Echo, and Thrive for Alexa from Thrive Global makes for an excellent option for parents who want to utilize mindfulness apps for kids, but don’t necessarily want to give them access to a smartphone. Children can ask Alexa for meditations throughout the day, and Alexa will guide them through a calm morning, or even settle into rest at night.
10. Yoga Introductory Lessons
Yoga is a great tool to teach children to center and calm themselves, and there are many poses that are easy to learn for daily practice. If a family in your practice is looking for beginner’s yoga apps as part of their mindfulness practice, Yoga Introductory Lessons is ideal for young children, and even beginner adults.
There are so many apps to choose from, and we’d want you to have a wealth of recommendations for your clients. Here are additional social anxiety apps for children and for all ages. Include them in your new client welcome letter or list them on your private practice website so potential clients can benefit as well.
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