It's Amanda Shannon, Founder of the Lily Grace Foundation, named after my daughter who was diagnosed with Autism at age 3. Lily Grace Foundation (LGF) was founded to support those who are on the Autism Spectrum as well as their parents and caregivers. I have long supported and advocated for ASD school programs that assist our children in finding emotional balance. They need productive and effective tools to deal with the constant stimulation and overload they experience. As an answer to this challenge, LGF developed "Relaxation Station", a sensory-based yoga program. It was implemented in Jeffco County, Denver Colorado, public school system. This program was extremely well received and reinforced my belief that ASD students thrive with this type and level of support.
Since relocating the foundation's home base to Tampa, Florida, I've discovered another effective tool in helping the ASD students to relieve their anxiety and stress levels ~ a mindfulness room!
What is a Mindfulness Room?
A mindfulness room is a dedicated stress-free space that infuses calmness and peace of mind. This tranquil and relaxing environment also provides techniques and tools for relieving anxiety.
We are very excited to have our first opportunity to create this type of space in partnership with Pepin Academies located in Tampa, Florida. Pepin is an innovative and forward-thinking school for children with learning differences. Their mission is empowering students with learning disabilities to maximize their potential in a positive therapeutic educational environment.
We are thrilled to offer these kids a calming oasis, which will provide them sanctuary from the constant stimulation and emotional overload they experience. Enveloping themselves in a space that provides peace and energetic safety will allow them to come back into balance, find their center and have a more successful school day. I believe the implementation of a mindfulness room to any school environment will only help the students to reach their fullest potential.
A growing body of research in neuroscience shows the following positive results:
- better focus and concentration
- increased sense of calm
- decreased stress and anxiety
- enhanced physical and mental health
- improved impulse control
- increased emotional regulation
- enhanced empathy and understanding of others
- development of natural conflict resolution
Teamwork makes the dream work!
Please join Lily Grace Foundation and Pepin Academies in raising the funds to implement two mindfulness rooms located at the Tampa campus for Pepin Academies. 100% of ALL donations received will go towards this worthy cause and are also completely tax-deductible.
The total cost per room is $7,500 and we hope to open the first room by the end of April 2020 with the second to follow in May 2020. To view a slide show presentation of what the room will entail, please visit our web site at http://www.lilygracefoundation.org.
Thank you in advance for your generous contribution and support the ASD community!
Much love and gratitude,