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SMILING MIND - Mindfulness Techniques.

Cost: Free | Platforms: App available on Android and iOs

Many thanks to Emily Smith from UCD, an Assistive Technology Officer, who submitted this AT Write up. If you want to submit an AT Write up, just go this webpage.

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Giving Mindfulness a go. This is a not-for-profit app, there are no sneaky sign-up fees: if you have ever wanted to try mindfulness this is a great way to do it. There are a diverse range of courses, demonstrating the wide range of applications for mindfulness techniques.

Its key features are: 

  • Mindfulness gets you to focus on the now so it you are worried or ruminating then this app may help you with the skills you need to focus on the present.

smiling app features - meditation lengths and check in with yourself

Our Top Tip: 

  • If you are an educator, Smiling Mind’s website has a wide variety of tools, journal articles, and teaching plans to explore the benefits of mindfulness in a classroom setting.
  • If you like the app – there is the option to make a donation to Smiling Mind’s work promoting mindfulness as a way of supporting youth mental health.

Demonstration of Smiling Mind

Video source: Smiling Mind YouTube channel

Go to the Smiling Mind Website>

Further Advice on Assistive Technology:

  • If you are a student in Higher Education, speak to your Assistive Technology Officer or Disability Officer /Learning Support Officer.  

  • If you are a Student in the FET/ETB then it may be possible to speak to an Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support Coordinator, Student Access Officer, Student Support Coordinator or a Disability Support Officer for more information about assistive technology.  

  • If you are an Employee and are interested in this technology then speak to your Disability Liaison Officer (public service) or your Line Manager to start the conversation.