Amanda Moreno discusses mindfulness and Erikson’s research with Chicago magazine

Amanda Moreno, PhD, associate professor, recently discussed Erikson Institute’s first-of-its-kind study of the use of mindfulness techniques and young children in Chicago classrooms recently with Chicago magazine.

The study seeks to determine if children do better academically if they have the skills to deal with stress in their everyday life and a greater sense of control over their emotions.

“How it works is, it takes a very complicated skill and it breaks it down into bite-sized pieces,” Dr. Moreno told the magazine. “Start with the breath and really small things you can control better, then gradually work up.”

Our mindfulness research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and other Chicago-area donors, is being conducted with the Luster Learning Institute, designers of the Calm Classroom program being used in the study. It is reaching more than 2,000 students over four years.

Dr. Moreno also is the leader of the Social and Emotional Learning Concentration of our Online MS in Early Childhood Education that launches in fall of 2018. Guaranteed scholarships are being offered to those who apply to our online programs by July 15. Students can apply for the SEL program here.

Read the full Chicago magazine story here.