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Combatting Anxiousness for Learning Minds (CALM)

The CALM Study

Ethics Approval Number: S181226

Combatting Anxiousness for Learning Minds (CALM) is an intervention study investigating how anxiousness impacts attention in children aged nine to eleven years.

Our goal is to better understand the brain of children in late to middle childhood and use this knowledge to improve youth mental health.

The study recruited 92 participants during 2019 and early 2020. Recruitment is now complete for the CALM Study. Data analysis has commenced, with findings expected to be released late 2021.

CALM Study participants completed a 10-week mindfulness intervention in between two assessments. Each assessment included a block of neurocognitive activities (self-report questionnaire, cognitive tasks, debrief session) and brain imaging (functional MRI).

This is a PhD study being led by Michelle Kennedy, who has worked with primary school-aged children for more than 20 years, supporting their social, emotional and academic development. Her extensive knowledge and experience offered parents and children participating in the study mindfulness strategies to assist with anxiousness and attention issues.

If your child missed out on the opportunity to be part of the CALM Study please refer to the below guided mindfulness sessions or the Smiling Mind app used by schools and parents to assist with development of mindfulness strategies.

Guided mindfulness sessions

CALM PhD candidate Michelle Kennedy has released the below guided mindfulness sessions for children, teens and adults.

Mindfulness practice is a way to experience what is happening in the present moment. It helps us become aware of our thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgement. Research shows mindfulness can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, by rewiring connections in the brain related to emotions such as worry and stress.