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Park Rapids, MN: Elementary students being taught "mindfulness" to reduce anxiety/behavior problems

Feb 10, 2018, Park Rapids (MN) Enterprise: Century students learn mindfulness http://www.parkrapidsenterprise.com/news/4401226-century-students-learn-mindfulnessFeb 10, 2018, Park Rapids (MN) Enterprise: Century students learn mindfulness http://www.parkrapidsenterprise.com/news/4401226-century-students-learn-mindfulness Elementary interventionist Casey Swenson said she has been using MindUP to teach students mindfulness, which she defined as "a way to center your brain and keep your brain focused." On the MindUP website, Hawn wrote that she started the program in 2003 "to remedy the stress and anxiety children were experiencing," and to give teachers and students "a break from the stresses of daily life, leaving more time for teaching and less time managing classroom behavior."… Using the curriculum, Swenson spends a half-hour each month visiting every classroom at Century Elementary, teaching students to regulate their own emotions. "I've gone around and taught every kid about the different parts of the brain," she said, "and how sometimes when we're angry or upset, that's where our fight-or-flight response comes in." … She said this helps reduce behavior problems in the classroom and keeps children more focused on learning.