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FREE CEU: The Effects Of Brief Mindfulness Based Interventions On Increasing Parent-Child Interactions During Play
Presenter: Pranali Hoyle BCBA-D

Mindfulness interventions have been conceptualized in the Western culture by Jon Kabat-Zinn since the early 1980s to treat patients with chronic pain and anxiety disorders. Over the course of the years, the introduction of mindfulness skills in behavior analytic research has paved the way for a manualized intervention to be incorporated into parent training and reduce interfering behaviors. A crucial component of parent training is the quality of play between the parent and child. The American Academy of Pediatrics has found that playtime can lead to an increase in a child’s cognitive, and social skills. The following study, therefore, aimed to assess the effects of brief mindfulness interventions on increasing parent-child interactions during a play session. The results demonstrated an increase in parents facilitating the play session, the child involving the parent in play, and both engaging in higher rates of positive affect matching. Parents reported an increase in their competency skills as well as across the five facets of mindfulness. All parents also reported an increase in the duration of playtime with their children post-intervention. The social significance of these results may be generalized to other populations to promote an increase in mindfulness and play skills.

This event is worth 2 Learning Credits

May 31, 2023 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Pranali Hoyle BCBA-D
Pranali is a BCBA- D with over 20 years of experience in the field of behavior analysis. She has served adults and children with ASD and other mental health conditions across schools, clinics, and home settings. The current topic was the research conducted for her dissertation. Her interests in the field of behavior analysis are heavily focused on providing staff training on best practices based on the ethical code, creating social skills programs for learners of all ages, and conducting research. She enjoys incorporating mindfulness within her treatment recommendations and has found potential benefits for both the child and the parent.