Nellie Springston M.Ed.
Have you ever said to a child “You just need to calm down!” or “Why can’t you just follow directions?!” Me too! We all have! Just being able to calm down, or simply being able to listen to directions and carry out a task are actually skills that require a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. But, unfortunately, this part of the brain isn’t fully developed until adulthood. And, what’s worse, it doesn’t just develop in positive ways on its own, but is almost completely dependent on a child being raised in a nurturing home environment. It wasn’t until I understood that these skills that can be taught, learned and refined through mindfulness exercises that I had any success with my most challenging little friends as a behavior interventionist. I founded Calma to provide parents and educators the tools they need to practice mindfulness with children in order to increase skills like self-control and focused attention while decreasing disruptive behavior.
I am a first-time mom, educator & former behavior interventionist in San Antonio, Texas with years of research experience in Educational Psychology, and a passion to raise a kind, smart & happy generation of children. I obsessively consume all I can about early childhood development, and its effects on life-long learning & well-being. Then, I freely share it with anyone willing to listen, watch or read. The latest research shows more clearly every single day that cognitive development and intelligence are very much malleable and that we (parents, educators and caregivers) play an integral role in our children’s future success. The best psychologists, doctors, economists, and educators of our time are currently developing research-based approaches that enable kids to learn and flourish, academically, socially and emotionally. This leaves me with a total of zero excuses not to access, and use, this wealth of information to grow the heart and brain of my daughter, and every child I engage with.