Calmer Choice, non-profit organization in Barnstable, Massachusetts Calmer Choice, non-profit organization in Barnstable, Massachusetts

what is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment with kindness and curiosity.

What is evidence-based mindfulness?

An approach to mindfulness that emphasizes the practical applications of the best available current research.

Our Supporting Research

How is Calmer Choice’s Elementary Curriculum evidence-based?

Standardized grade-appropriate curriculum

Research-backed lesson content

Lessons support CASEL learning competencies

Program aligns with MA DESE K-12 SEL implementation guidelines

Integrated trauma-informed care approach

Research partnerships with Tufts, Yale, Harvard & MIT

What does ‘trauma-informed’ mean?
The U.S. National Center for Trauma-informed Care defines a trauma-informed approach as: "A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff and others involved with the system; responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization."

How is Calmer Choice trauma-informed?

We acknowledge that trauma exists in our classrooms and our communities.

We are trained in Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM).

TSM is how we hold space for students in a classroom.

In our programs, everything is offered as an invitation.

We provide suggestions for different ways of practicing.

We are clear in the limits of our role. We are not therapists.

Dr Dan Siegel on Calmer Choice

Dan Siegel talks about Calmer Choice.