Hi, I'm Melanie Appleyard and I’m the creator of Llama Meditation – Life Learning and Movement with Animals Meditation – a course aimed at 6-11 year olds to promote their emotional well-being and develop their confidence.
My background includes 12 years experience as a teacher, supporting the social and emotional well-being of children. This has been developed by undertaking postgraduate courses in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Special Educational Needs Coordination.
I’ve written and implemented schemes of work to develop well-being in the curriculum and supported school staff to deliver this content. My role has involved identifying and planning support to develop the emotional well-being of children with low self–esteem. It’s involved helping to develop relationships with children who struggle to form and maintain friendships. It’s also involved helping those who struggle to recognize and manage their emotions develop skills in these areas.
I am absolutely passionate about teaching children
these skills from a young age.
My own critical illness gave me a deeper, more personal insight into the importance of emotional well-being and my recovery was aided by self-care techniques. These included Reiki, meditation, good nutrition, a positive mindset, a supportive family and my super dog, Daisy, who taught me loads.