Occupational Therapy -> Self-regulation -> Mindfulness


Mindfulness is a human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we're doing, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

Reference links

  • Effectiveness of a Mindfulness-Based Social–Emotional Learning Program On Psychosocial Adjustment and Neuropsychological Maturity In Kindergarten Children 2
    Author: Moreno Gomez, and Cejudo - Our findings suggest that mindfulness programs may be effective in promoting psychosocial adjustment and improving neuropsychological variables in young children. MindKinder program could enhance self-control and consequently decrease maladaptive behaviors like aggression, hyperactivity, anxiety, attention deficit, academic problems, and disruptive behavior. Improvement in social skills could be due to enhanced regulation of the intra- and inter-personal emotions fostered by the program. Improved non-verbal development, visual perception and attention processes. Citation: Moreno Gomez, Alfonso José & Cejudo, Javier. (2019). Effectiveness of a Mindfulness-Based Social–Emotional Learning Program on Psychosocial Adjustment and Neuropsychological Maturity in Kindergarten Children. Mindfulness. 10. 111-121. 10.1007/s12671-018-0956-6.
  • Steps For Implementation: Positive Reinforcement 2
    Author: Neitzel, J. (2009). Steps For Implementation: Positive Reinforcement. Chapel Hill, NC: The National Professional Development Center On Autism Spectrum Disorders, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, The University of North Carolina - Reinforcement is an evidence-based practice used to increase appropriate behavior and teach new skills (e.g., replacement behavior in place of an interfering behavior). This document outlines the steps for implementing positive reinforcement with learners with ASD. Positive reinforcement is the contingent presentation of a stimulus (i.e., reinforcer) immediately following a learner’s use of a target skill/behavior. This relationship between using a target skill/behavior and receiving reinforcement increases the future rate and/or probability that the learner will use the skill again.
  • Effects of Exercise and Physical Activity On Anxiety 1
    Author: Elizabeth Anderson1 and Geetha Shivakumar1,2, - Exercise and cognitively based distraction techniques were shown to have equal effectiveness at reducing state anxiety, however, exercise was more effective in reducing trait anxiety (Petruzzello et al., 1991).

Activity List(s)


  • Zones of Regulation Activities preview

    Zones of Regulation Activities

    Glenna Nave

    List of activities to be used with each color zone to get back to the green zone.

    Includes activity list


  • Kiki's Mood Match preview

    Kiki's Mood Match

    Bethany Ayer

    Emotional Regulation Resource. Mindfulness Resource. This is a two page document that uses concepts from the Zones of Regulation to identify emotions within yourself and others. This could also dou...


  • Super Hero Animal Interval preview

    Super Hero Animal Interval

    Whitney Castle

    Have fun with these animal moves as a great exercise and gross motor activity. This activity can help with sensory/emotional regulation, calming techniques, balance, coordination, and strengthening...