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The mindfulness matters, awareness training is a concrete and systematic program developed for children by Eline Snel. It is an adaption of the adult program Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. The latter has been developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970’s and ample evidence exist to support its efficacy. The program is designed to help the child’s inner development by cultivating such skills such as attention, concentration, patience, friendliness, and tolerance. By developing the child’s awareness, the child is then able to focus attention consciously in the current moment and without judgement. This makes it easier to deal with the weather conditions (emotional states) in their life.

The method involves four manuals each one representing an age group. The groups are:
Green- 4 to 8 year olds
Red -9 to 11 year olds
Yellow -12 to 14 year olds
Blue- 14 to 19 year olds
The instruction is done in 8 weekly lessons, each one-hour long.


  • Concentration to increase, strengthen our "mental muscle" for bringing focus back where we want it, when we want it.
  • Test Anxiety is managed
  • Active listening is introduced
  • Emotional regulation - impulsive behaviour is reduced
  • Resilience- less reactionary behaviour to stress or the behaviour of others
  • Negative thoughts and worrying disappear
  • Fears and depression decrease
  • Calming-relaxation, calm, and good sleep increase
  • Compassion-friendliness and respect towards yourself and others increases, more confidence