—Early feedback from one of the teachers in the pilot
The Catherine Mayer Foundation is in partnership with Dr Janine Jones of the University of Washington School of Psychology and Madrona Elementary School in Seattle to evaluate the impact of art-based mindfulness on the learning experiences of chronically stressed children in their learning environment.
The Study is built on the premise that children can benefit from mindful practices through visual, physical, and tactile sensory experiences. Through use of L.A.U.G.H app and the Ambient Art® technology, students are engaged in art-based mindfulness and are likely to reap the same neurological benefits as traditional mindfulness approaches. In the school context, chronically stressed students will be better able to regulate their emotions, have increased compassion for themselves and others, feel more connected to school and have greater joy in the process of learning. These benefits will occur not only for individual students but also for the classroom environment and overall school culture.
- The L.A.U.G.H. app is an art-based mindfulness app that students will be using twice a week in 20 minute sessions throughout the school year
- 80+ students across four classrooms in the 2nd and 3rd grade are participating in the pilot
- During L.A.U.G.H. time, students will practice mindful breathing, create and share works of art, and answer questions about learning and school
- Students shared drawings will ‘come alive’, similar to Catherine Mayer’s Ambient Art® technology, displayed on tv screens in the classroom and in the cafeteria
- Reduced stress
- More focused attention
- Increased joy in learning
- Increased connection to school and peers