Location

Guzman 113, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-17-2019 6:00 PM

Department

Education

Student Type

Graduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Jennifer Lucko, PhD

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Abstract

Adolescence is a vulnerable period to a child’s emotional and social environment due to the puberty-related changes in hormones, which has an effect on their judgement, impulse control, and emotional regulation. Middle school students face several daily stressors at school, at home, and in their communities. Although adolescents face stressors in and out of school, a mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) can be beneficial. This research focuses on the effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on Latino middle school special education students in regards to their attention and behavior in general education classes as well as their self-perception. While prior studies address the benefits of an MBI on students at the elementary and high school levels, there is little research showing how mindfulness affects middle school students, specifically students with special needs. Taking a mixed methods approach, this study involved implementing a mindfulness-based intervention in a life skills math class of ten sixth, seventh, and eighth grade special education students. Data was collected through surveys, focus groups, interviews, and observations. The findings from the research show that the MBI was effective for improving the attention and behavior of students who qualify for special education services under the Other Health Impairment (OHI) category. In addition, students’ self-perceptions in regards to school motivation and attention improved after participating in the mindfulness-based intervention.

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Apr 17th, 6:00 PM

The Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Middle School Special Education Students

Guzman 113, Dominican University of California

Abstract

Adolescence is a vulnerable period to a child’s emotional and social environment due to the puberty-related changes in hormones, which has an effect on their judgement, impulse control, and emotional regulation. Middle school students face several daily stressors at school, at home, and in their communities. Although adolescents face stressors in and out of school, a mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) can be beneficial. This research focuses on the effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on Latino middle school special education students in regards to their attention and behavior in general education classes as well as their self-perception. While prior studies address the benefits of an MBI on students at the elementary and high school levels, there is little research showing how mindfulness affects middle school students, specifically students with special needs. Taking a mixed methods approach, this study involved implementing a mindfulness-based intervention in a life skills math class of ten sixth, seventh, and eighth grade special education students. Data was collected through surveys, focus groups, interviews, and observations. The findings from the research show that the MBI was effective for improving the attention and behavior of students who qualify for special education services under the Other Health Impairment (OHI) category. In addition, students’ self-perceptions in regards to school motivation and attention improved after participating in the mindfulness-based intervention.