Mindful Gardeners: Applying mindfulness to nourish the wellbeing of gifted / twice-exceptional students 正念農夫︰應用正念滋養資優生/雙重特殊資優生的身心安康

Educators, social workers and related supporting staff

13, 20, 27 Jul 2019: 10am - 1pm; 2pm - 5pm


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Course Objectives
  • Acquire the traits of gifted / talented students and how they perform / behave in school setting

  • Acquire basic conception of mindfulness and its daily application

  • Develop deeper understanding of students’ needs* and how mindfulness can nourish in a sustainable way in school setting and daily life

  • Access multiple ways to teach and apply mindfulness practice with students in school setting to enhance emotional regulation, concentration and self confidence


*Students’ needs include the following:

  • ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • SpLD: Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia

  • Social Interaction: Asynchronous development & intensity in emotions


Course Outline

Basic conception of giftedness and other needs with mindfulness; linkage and benefits; application and evaluation will be illustrated.


Workshop participants will engage in mindfulness practice and are invited to facilitate. Platform for discussion and deliberate feedback will be given.



Target Participants / Prerequisite
Educators, social workers and related supporting staff


Course Instructor

Ms. Jo NG 

Ms. Jo Ng a developmental consultant, a teacher and a registered social worker. She received a master's degree in Special Education with Gifted Education Concentration from the University of British Columbia. She has been working in local and international schools. She also worked at the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education as a professional development officer in the Teacher Professional Development Division for 3 years.


Currently Jo provides consultation service related to special educational needs in local primary schools. She has also been an instructor in the Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE) at the University of Hong Kong since 2015, and served as the Academic Advisor of Hong Kong Gifted Education Teachers’ Association.


Jo is keen to support the growth and well-being of children, adolescents, parents and educators through providing case consultation, developmental groups and professional development training. She has been practicing mindfulness under the tradition of Plum Village since 2013 and completed the one-year Mindfulness Teachers Training Program by The Mindfulness Academy in 2015. She has initiated a quarterly Day of Mindfulness for Children with Plum Village monastics and HKU CAISE since March 2016.


Her aspiration is to cultivate joy and happiness in children, family, schools and the society.

Medium of Instruction
Cantonese supplemented with English
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