Monday, June 27, 2011

Meditation and special challenges

This is a hopeful and inspiring article, I think:

Special-needs students use meditation to control behavior

Here's how it gets started:
Brandon Heinz, an eighth grader in the Bristol Township School District, told occupational therapist Charles E. Gallagher that he had been asked to sit still "millions of times."

The problem is that it's not always easy.

For Brandon, 14, and his classmates - students with autism, attention-deficit disorders, or other special needs - controlling signs of anxiety is often a struggle.

So Gallagher made a suggestion: Breathe.

"In through your nose, and out through your mouth," he instructed. Then, he said, let out a big sigh.

Gallagher went on to teach the students meditation techniques to help them cope when frustration threatens to overwhelm.

Do click on through to read the rest. It's a short piece.

And you know something? We don't have to be diagnosed with "special needs" to benefit from these principles and techniques!


  1. Anonymous6:38 PM

    Aren't we all "special needs" in some way?
    annie c

  2. Yes, I found myself thinking the same thing, Annie... that we all have special needs!

    (Great minds and all that...)


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