Carrcroft Elementary School Mindfulness Trail

Author(s)Yang, Peiyuan
Date Accessioned2020-02-18T20:12:25Z
Date Available2020-02-18T20:12:25Z
Publication Date2019-12
DescriptionToday, many school-age children face a lot of challenges that come along with the anxiety of a progressively complex modern society. Children may suffer from stress, bullying at school, issues from home, and being overwhelmed by social media. According to Sheen and Dudley (2017), anxiety suffered by children may result in children finding it difficult to go to school. A study supported by the National Health Service (NHS) found that one out of eight children in England between the ages of five and 19 experienced one mental disorder during evaluations in 2017. According to a recent New York Times article, surveys show the number of mental disorders in five to 15-year-olds has increased from 9.7 percent in 1999 to 11.2 percent in 2017. (Magra, 2019). The need for mindfulness training early in life starts to become increasingly important. Mindfulness is defined as an awareness that develops from intentional, nonjudgmental attention toward a current personal experience. I am interested in designing spaces where mindfulness is considered as part of the design process because I believe intentionally design outdoor spaces can benefit individuals who are in need of therapeutic services. Studies show that nature-based therapy, including therapeutic woodlots, enhances the effectiveness of the therapy treatments that patients receive (Hayes, 2004). Experts advise that various purposeful gardens should be designed to allow children to participate in different mindfulness activities, specifically quite space, active space, and engaging space. Mindfulness education helps a group understand the value of engaging in and reflecting on various activities. [continues...]en_US
AdvisorBruck, Jules
KeywordsCarrcroft Elementary School, Wilmington, DEen_US
KeywordsMindfulness (Psychology)en_US
KeywordsMindfulness educationen_US
KeywordsStress in childrenen_US
KeywordsLandscapes Therapeutic useen_US
TitleCarrcroft Elementary School Mindfulness Trailen_US
TypeCapstone reporten_US
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