Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Join us for a seven-week course based on the Vanderbilt University curriculum designed specifically to target stress reduction through training and mindfulness for parents of children with autism, ADHD, and other disabilities. Fee includes seven classes led by skilled guides who understand special needs family dynamics. Participants receive an insightful resource manual as well as guided meditations and mindfulness practices on both DVD/CD and for download on a personal device. Upon completion of the course, participants will be invited to join our Practice Group which meets regularly for support in maintaining our shared practice. Practice outside of class times will ensure maximum benefit to participants and their families. CEU’s available. Scholarships available. Questions? Email:

Why Mindfulness?

Through education, support and targeted mindfulness training, parents raising children with special needs experience large reductions in stress and improvements in overall health—benefits that impact the entire family. In fact, children with autism have shown better functioning, less stress and increased social skills. All parents of children with special needs are welcome and will benefit from this course. Mindfulness practice is putting your own oxygen mask on first so you can help others! 

About the facilitators:

Kate Biederman, OTR/L, NBC-HWC, has a passion to support children and their families’ ability to learn, grow, participate successfully in their daily activities, enjoy one another, and create lives filled with health and happiness. She is a certified health coach and has been a pediatric occupational therapist for over 30 years. She currently serves as Clinical Supervisor of Occupational Therapy at St. David’s Center where she has worked for over 22 years in a variety of roles including occupational therapist in the outpatient clinic, Autism Day Treatment program, and on multidisciplinary assessment teams, as well as a Yoga Calm teacher, a health coach, and the Wellness Program Coordinator. She has been both a participant and an assistant facilitator for the MBSR course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and has a mindfulness practice that supports her deeply.

Amy Wink, MA, SLP has devoted her career to serving young children and their families. She worked as a pediatric speech language pathologist for non-profit organizations in Illinois and Minnesota where she gained experience evaluating, treating, and supporting young children and their families affected by autism. Amy had the joy of watching children and families thrive when provided support, education, and opportunities for connection. Amy’s love of this work led her to the school setting, where she currently works as the ECSE Autism Resource Specialist for St. Louis Park Schools. Amy has been a participant in formal mindfulness courses and recognizes the positive impact of mindfulness practice within her own life.