The Remarkable Effects Of Learning Meditation On Children With ADHDOne impressive example of meditation helping kids with ADHD comes from a 2007 Australian study. (3) Researchers had 48 children on ADHD medications participate in Sahaja yoga meditation. Within 6 weeks, their symptoms reduced by an average of 35%. That's well above the success rate medication manufacturers aim for, by the way. (4) By the end of the study, six children were able to stop taking medication completely and experience normal behavior. Twelve kids halved their doses while another group reduced theirs by a quarter. (4) Another form of meditation – transcendental meditation – has also shown tremendous promise in kids with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In fact, in one study, the practice reduced ADHD symptoms in kids by an incredible 50%. (5) And guess what? That figure is right on par with the percentage of kids who respond well to amphetamines and methylphenidate doctors commonly prescribe to treat ADHD. (6) And these results were not just self-reported, by the way. Through brain scans, researchers also observed very tangible brain changes in kids with ADHD who learned how to meditate.
Why Meditation Works For Treating ADHDIn the 2nd addition to his book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, author Alvaro Fernandez puts out that meditation essentially works by developing the "mental muscles" required for kids to pay attention. This theory is consistent with research that shows meditation improves the brain's ability to control itself. (7) Furthermore, this is reflected in EEC scans that show an increase in beta brain activity for kids with ADHD who engage in meditation. Specifically, heightened beta brain wave levels indicate increased focus. (8) Remarkably, as Dr. Sarina Grosswald says, children with ADHD have no more difficulty learning how to meditate transcendentally than kids without it. "The fact that these children are able to do TM, and do it easily, shows us that this technique may be particularly well-suited for children with ADHD," Dr. Grosswald says. (8) Also worth mentioning: meditation produces virtually no side effects, while conventional ADHD medications result in a whole boatload, including these: (9)
- Reduced appetite
- Sleep problems
- Cardiovascular problems