Mindfulness Practice Reduces Stress And Depression For Special Needs Parents
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Mindfulness Practice Reduces Stress And Depression For Special Needs Parents

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer directs Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion which fosters inclusion of people with disabilities through the Philadelphia Jewish community. She loves writing/editing for “The New Normal” and for WHYY’s newsworks. Her latest book The Little Gate Crasher is a memoir of her Great-Uncle Mace Bugen, a self-made millionaire and celebrity selfie-artist who was 43 inches tall and was chosen for this year’s Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month Book Selections. She’s recently shared an ELI Talk on Standing With Families Raising Kids With Disabilities and has released a journal designed for special needs parents.

Monday's New York Times "Health" section featured an article When the Caregivers Need Healing, focusing on a recent study showing that just six weeks of mindfulness training produced lower rates of stress, anxiety and depression in parents who are raising a child with developmental disabilities, genetic syndromes or psychiatric issues.

At "The New Normal," we are always interested in research that may help our readers. For parents of children with special needs, have you tried any type of mindfulness-based stress reduction? If so, what was the effect? If not, would you be interested in participating in a six-week training?

Please share your comments below or email "New Normal" editor Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer at gabby.newnormal@gmail.com.

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