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LAUGH App Helps Kids Find Their Zen — Using Scientific Research to Test Effectiveness

LAUGH App Helps Kids Find Their Zen — Using Scientific Research to Test Effectiveness

Catherine Mayer, a Seattle-based artist, has released her free LAUGH app, which encourages mindfulness and relaxation in children ages 4-12. The app — whose acronym stands for Let Art Unleash Great Happiness — uses drawing, music and breathing techniques to entertain as well as soothe. Mayer developed a prototype of her app and enlisted the help of Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute to determine if her app could actually promote mindfulness in children.

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