Monday January 26, 2009
In a Reuters Health article entitled "Meditation Seen Promising as ADHD Therapy," researchers are said to have found that children with ADHD "showed improvements in attention, working memory, organization and behavior regulation" using transcendental meditation (TM), which uses the repetition of a word, sound or prayer to meditate. You may know TM by its western incarnation "relaxation response."
Following 10 students between the ages of 11 and 14, researchers observed students meditating twice daily for 10 minutes to 15 minutes. What they found was quite interesting: after three months, students had less stress and anxiety issues "while their ADHD symptoms also improved," according to questionnaires. Teachers said, "they were able to teach more." This is definitely an important stride for parents of ADHD children who want to use alternative therapies to treat their children