Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


This paper examines the effectiveness of mindfulness on students’ academic performance and their behaviors, both emotionally and physically. This includes students with and without disabilities. Students are facing increased personal and school challenges. This increases students stress levels and their social and emotional needs. There are many mindfulness interventions that can help students learn coping strategies to deal with their stress and their social and emotional needs. These strategies include being more aware of their bodies, thinking about how they are going to respond to a situation instead of responding automatically, and having an open mind when observing different situations. Mindfulness interventions also help students be more successful in school by improving their attention, academic engagement, behavior, and overall well-being. With these findings it would be beneficial for teachers to incorporate a mindfulness intervention into their lessons. It would help with the student’s behavior and academic engagement, thus allowing the teachers to teach more efficiently. Mindfulness interventions have been shown to benefit both students and teachers.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis