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Paws B Paws B is a mindfulness course aimed at children aged 7-11 years. In either the Autumn or Spring term we can come to your school to deliver the Paws B curriculum. Scroll down for more information on Paws B, email us to discuss your requirements or go to our forest mindfulness pages to find out about other mindfulness courses we offer.
MiSP’s classroom curricula (from https://mindfulnessinschools.org/mindfulness/) The roots of the MiSP curricula (Paws b) are MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), the latter being a programme developed largely in the UK to help adults cope with depressive relapse. MBCT are the two most well-researched and evidence-based mindfulness programmes available.
However, Paws b are not therapeutic interventions; they are curricula designed to introduce young people to the potential benefits of mindfulness in the safety of the school classroom. Taught by well-trained teachers Paws b offer a toolkit of practices, most of between about 1 and 10 minutes, which aim to dip children’s toes into mindfulness in ways which they find helpful and enjoyable.
A key finding from the early research is that pupils enjoy Paws b and there is certainly no evidence to suggest that any harm is caused by this relatively low exposure to simple, secular mindfulness practices. Indeed, early research suggests that mindfulness may provide young people with a valuable life skill by supporting them in number of areas: to feel calmer and more fulfilled; to get on better with others; to concentrate and learn; to manage stress and anxiety; to perform well in music and sport.
However, it is certainly not a panacea and further research is needed to deepen and test our understanding of this. MiSP is therefore committed to further research into the effects of mindfulness for both staff and pupils in schools through randomised controlled trials.