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(p. 207) Mindful Caregiving and Support 

(p. 207) Mindful Caregiving and Support
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(p. 207) Mindful Caregiving and Support
Author(s):

Nirbhay N. Singh

, Giulio E. Lancioni

, Alan S. W. Winton

, Judy Singh

, Ashvind N. Adkins Singh

, and Angela D. Adkins Singh

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199941575.003.0014
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date: 24 September 2019

Mindfulness is the conscious performance of all activities from an attitude of pure observation—a moment-by-moment nonjudgmental awareness of every aspect of life itself. Mindfulness-based strategies have been taught to children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and to parents of children with ASD. Current studies indicate a strong likelihood that children and youth with ASD can learn different meditation techniques to self-manage their challenging behaviors, decrease their psychological distress, and increase their wellbeing. Mindfulness training for support staff and parents of children with ASD results in reduced stress and burnout, and enhanced psychological wellbeing. Although current research on mindful service delivery is limited, the extant studies suggest that it is beneficial for children and youth with ASD.

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