A recent edition of Mindfulness had an interesting application story that I wanted to share with you.
A father wrote about his experience using mindfulness to help both himself and his twin sons, who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. As you know, Asperger’s Syndrome has numerous symptoms, including difficulty transitioning between activities, an inability to pick up on social cues, preoccupation with a few favorite subjects, and a preference for a set, familiar schedule.
Jack Russell wrote about the challenges and the delights of having special needs children but I was especially struck when he said mindfulness allowed him to enjoy his time with them more, as well as find some inner peace.
By focusing on the present moment, he wasn’t always dreading the possible upheaval that transitioning or change could bring, but instead taking in the joy of the moment.
Where before he was upset that he never got any “me” time, he realized that every moment, whether driving in the car or going grocery shopping, could be mindful “me” time.
In addition to being happier himself, he was also able to provide his sons with tools to help them notice when they were becoming upset and to help them self-calm.
My hat’s off to you, Jack. I really wish that we had more resources to offer you.
There have been few studies of mindfulness programs involving participants with Asperger’s Syndrome, though the field has expanded in terms of mindfulness resources created with kids in mind.
We have created a new teleseminar series, Mindfulness and the Brain, to explore the effects of mindfulness on the brain and to expand our use applications of mindfulness meditation in health and mental health treatments.
This coming week, Sara Lazar, PhD will be discussing our current knowledge of mindfulness meditation effects on the brain in areas like:
- Treating pain
- Immune function
For more information and to sign up for the free broadcasts, please click here.
Do you have any resources that you could recommend for someone in Jack’s situation? Please leave a comment below.