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Table 3 Mindful walking activities, mindful listening activities, yoga, and daily experience log

From: Neuro-Typical Children Outcomes from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Summer Camp

Activity Description
• Yoga • Camp instructor leads group through various mindful yoga poses.
• Group is guided to focus on breath, present moment, and body sensations.
• Counting Sounds (mindful walking) • Group goes for a walk and individuals count or list all the different sounds that they hear.
• Group comes together and discusses different sounds individuals heard, being aware of their environment.
• Rainbow Walk (mindful walking) • Group goes for a walk and individuals look for something red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Individuals keep going through the colors, in order, until the end of the walk. Individuals note and/or sketch something they saw in each of the colors.
• Group comes together and discusses each colored item individuals saw while being aware of their environment.
• Walking Meditation (mindful walking) • Group goes for a walk and individuals are encouraged to focus on the sounds and feelings of their feet on the ground and notice what thoughts they have.
• Group comes together and discusses what individuals felt and heard and how their thoughts impacted their awareness of the environment.
• Bird Collection (mindful walking) • Group goes for a walk and individuals are encouraged to pretend to be birds while walking. Individuals are encouraged to be silent while they collect items that they notice.
• Group comes together, compiles the collection, and discusses how each item is different. Individuals are encouraged to discuss what they felt and heard and their awareness of their bodies in the environment.
• Slow Motion (mindful walking) • Group goes for a walk and individuals are encouraged to walk in slow motion. Individuals are encouraged to be silent while they notice how their bodies move when they walk slowly and what thoughts their minds attend to while outside.
• Group comes together to discuss individuals’ experience of slow-motion walking and what they noticed in their environment.
• Are You Listening to Me? (mindful listening) • Instructor plays different sounds and invites individuals to be aware of what they are hearing and encouraged to notice what thoughts they have as they listen to the sounds.
• After playing a variety of sounds, the group discusses the sounds individuals heard and if their thoughts wandered during the activity.
• Personal Weather Report (mindful listening) • Individuals create a picture that depicts how their feelings are like the weather.
• Individuals are invited to share their experiences with the group.
• 3rd-Eye Diamond (mindful listening) • Instructors pass out stones to each individual, and they are invited to place the stones on their foreheads.
• Individuals are asked to focus on the stone and then expand their awareness to different parts of their bodies, to sounds in the room, and then back to the stone.
• Individuals discuss as a group what sensations they felt in their bodies, what sounds they heard, and what their breathing felt like while they shifted their attention.
• The Wishing Tree (mindful listening) • Individuals are invited to lay on their yoga mats while the instructor reads the mindful meditation.
• Individuals are invited to notice their thoughts and attend to the present moment.
• Stretching and Breathing (mindful listening) • Individuals are invited to notice their breath and how different parts of their bodies feel.
• Individuals are reminded to attend to the present moment and the different sensations they experience in their bodies.
• Daily Experience Logs • Camp instructors encourage all campers to complete their Daily Experience Logs at the end of the camp day.
• All campers are asked to reflect on their day at camp and encouraged to write or draw about it, how it landed for them, or how they responded to it.