Part of the LASSO – Children’s Stress Relief and Learning research project. The aim of the sub-project is to find out the impact of mind control exercises on the development of self-regulation skills of small children. The study search and develop a program for kindergarten age children which would be able to strengthen children’s emotional skills, sensory intelligence, attention and interaction skills, and self-regulation and stress management. Another objective is to develop the pedagogic sensitivity and mentalization skills.
In the recent years has been paid more attension to children’s stress. It has been proven that even a small child may experience stress, which may have adverse effects on child growth, development, and future. Children need their ways to calm down and calm their minds in their everyday life situations. In the absence of calming ways, the risk of uncontrolled stress increases. Strengthening child stress regulation is part of quality early childhood education and it may reduce future health problems. Self-control skills are a very important factor for children’s future because they are linked to the child’s educational and motivation.
The pedagogical sensitivity of the early childhood educators and advanced mentality and mentality skills have been shown to have a positive impact on childrens self-regulation and stress control. There are also clear scientific evidence of the welfare effects of stress management programs that apply to the knowledge skills. The programs reinforce children’s attention, self-regulation skills, stress-tolerance and positive thinking through various strategies.
Nina Sajaniemi (project leader), PhD, docent, University lecturer
Sivi Harkoma, M.Ed, PhD student, MindUp™ instructor
Taina Sainio, M.Ed, MindUp™ instructor
Laura Kiuru, B.Ed, kindergarten teacher, research assistant