In this episode, Laura Fish and I continue the conversation about teaching with the brain in mind by going deeper into mindfulness...a word we hear tossed around with a great deal of regularity these days.
It is our hope that through this conversation, early educators will see the complexity and the simplicity of mindfulness concepts and practices.
Meaning...we hope to help show how mindfulness in EC isn’t a fad, or something we “just add to part of our routine”....and how mindfulness is more than a spiritual concept ...it is in truth...a set of practices, which closely align to many quality care and educational practices that have a rich tradition in our field.
We also dig into how mindfulness is a key part of building children’s brains and how we can create and embed opportunities throughout our daily routine. This is an episode you aren’t going to want to miss.
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Laura’s interest in working with children and families began at the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. While earning her Masters in Counseling from San Diego State University, she worked as a preschool teacher, developing an intimate understanding of the challenges that teachers face.
After earning her master’s degree, Laura maintained her connection with the early childhood education field serving as a mental health consultant for public, private pay, and Head Start infant, toddler and preschool early education programs, including Montessori and Reggio Emilia inspired programs. This work included partnering with child welfare and special education departments to provide support for children with identified risk factors, special needs or disabilities to be fully included.
Since that early start, Laura has worked as a therapist with child, adolescent and adult populations in various settings, including community-based wraparound service programs for CPS involved families and mental health consultation for early childhood programs. For the past 10 years she has provided training and coaching on social and emotional development for early childhood education, elementary and high school teachers, mental health consultants and coaches.
As an advocate for teachers, Laura works hard to provide them with meaningful information and strategies that are intended to make their jobs less stressful and ensure that children of all ages are safe physically, mentally, and emotionally. She grounds her work with educators and parents in teachings about the brain so they may provide children with the responsive caregiving they deserve based on science, not habits.