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Buffalo, NY: School use mindfulness practices to address behavioral problems

Nov 21, 2017, Buffalo (NY) News: Mindful of school kids’ need for solace http://buffalonews.com/2017/11/21/mindfulness-comes-to-a-classroom-near-you/ The kindergartner wouldn’t walk, wouldn’t talk and wouldn’t stop screaming. So Greg Johnson scooped her up and brought her into his school’s new room where she let off some steam bouncing on the small trampoline in the corner. “Three jumps later, she stopped screaming and started talking,” recalled Johnson, principal at the George E. Blackman School of Excellence on Main Street. … The school district calls the new venue a "mindfulness" room and it’s one of the new strategies that schools, like George Blackman, are rolling out to help address behavioral problems, resolve conflicts, reduce suspensions and teach kids how to cope with the stress and emotional trauma that so many bring with them into the classroom. It's in large part a recognition of the wide range of traumatic experiences that thousands of Buffalo students encounter each day at school, home or in their neighborhoods. …