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S30: Managing Childhood Stress with Mind-body Exercises

10:30 - 12:00, Monroe, Terrace Level

Claudia Wang (1), Roy Geib (2), Hongtao Li (3)

(1): Francis Marion University, United States                                        

(2): Indiana School of Medicine at Terre Haute, United States

(3): University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States



The purpose of this workshop is to equip participants with first-hand experience in using Eastern mind-body exercises (i.e. Health Qigong and Tai Chi for Kids) to reduce childhood stress. The session will start with a brief overview of these mind-body exercises. It showcases the procedures of developing this program, some theme-based lessons, and effective teaching strategies tailored for children to learn Eastern mind-body skills in an interactive and playful way. Then this workshop will demonstrate how to teach Health Qigong and Tai Chi for Children through a sample class. The contents of this class include: 1) an introduction of deep belly (Dantian) breathing , 2) a whole body tapping along meridians, 3) some practice of Health Qigong and Tai Chi for kids, 4) stories sharing about the fun facts of Health Qigong and Tai Chi for Kids, 5) self-massage and a short meditation, and 6) question and answer session.  Participants will be actively engaged using pictures, handouts, language instruction, self-practicing, team-work, imitating, imaging, and story sharing through this workshop. At this workshop, participants will gain a handful of mind-body skills. They should also be able to teach these skills for elementary school students to reduce stress and obesity.