16530Re: 'New' approach to ADHD announced by Tampa schools.
- Jan 28, 2009"Jeff Belyea" <jeff@...> wrote:
> Hey, Bob and all,
> On last night's news, the Tampa schools
> announced the 'discovery' of a 'new'
> approach to helping their students with
> ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
> A new drug? Nope.
> A new surgery? Nope.
> Psychobabble? Nope, not even that.
> Of course, you guessed it:
Here's what I found when I Googled ADHD Tampa Meditation:
Transcendental Meditation reduces ADHD symptoms among students: New
Posted On: December 30, 2008 - 2:10pm
The Transcendental Meditation technique may be an effective and safe
non-pharmaceutical aid for treating ADHD, according to a promising
new study published this month in the peer-reviewed online journal
Current Issues in Education.
The pilot study followed a group of middle school students with ADHD
who were meditating twice a day in school. After three months,
researchers found over 50 percent reduction in stress and anxiety and
improvements in ADHD symptoms.
Effect exceeds expectations
"The effect was much greater than we expected," said Sarina J.
Grosswald, Ed.D., a George Washington University-trained cognitive
learning specialist and lead researcher on the study. "The children
also showed improvements in attention, working memory, organization,
and behavior regulation."
Grosswald said that after the in-school meditation routine
began, "teachers reported they were able to teach more, and students
were able to learn more because they were less stressed and anxious."
Stress interferes with the ability to learn
Prior research shows ADHD children have slower brain development and
a reduced ability to cope with stress. "Stress interferes with the
ability to learnit shuts down the brain," said William Stixrud,
Ph.D., a Silver Spring, Maryland, clinical neuropsychologist and co-
author of the study.
"The results were quite remarkable"
Andy and Daryl Schoenbach's daughter was diagnosed with ADHD in
second grade. Like most ADHD children she was taking medication. "The
medication helped but had mixed resultsshe still lost focus, had
meltdowns, and the medications affected her sleep and appetite," said
Andy, who lives with Daryl in Washington D.C. "She was not performing
close to her potential and we didn't see the situation improving. So
at the end of seventh grade when her doctor recommended increasing
the medication, we decided it was time to take a different course
stopping the medication and using Transcendental Meditation."
"The results were quite remarkable," Daryl said. "The twice daily
meditations smoothed things out, gave her perspective, and enabled
her to be in greater control of her own life when things started
falling apart. It took some time, but it gradually changed the way
she handled crises and enabled her to feel confident that she could
take on greater challenges in her own words, 'climb a mountain.'"
"Everyone noticed the change," Andy added.
Grosswald explained that there is substantial research showing the
effectiveness of the TM technique for reducing stress and anxiety,
and improving cognitive functioning among the general
population. "What's significant about these new findings is that
among children who have difficulty with focus and attention, we see
the same results. TM doesn't require concentration, controlling the
mind or disciplined focus. 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," she said.
This study was funded by the Abramson Family Foundation and the
Institute for Community Enrichment.
A second, recently completed TM-ADHD study with a control group
measured brain function using electroencephalography (EEG).
Preliminary data shows that three months practice of the technique
resulted in significant positive changes in brain functioning during
visual-motor skills. Changes were specifically seen in the circuitry
of the brain associated with attention and distractibility. After six
months TM practice, measurements of distractibility moved into the
A third TM-ADHD study, to be funded by a $2 million grant from the
David Lynch Foundation (DavidLynchFoundation.org), will more fully
investigate the effects of the technique on ADHD and other learning
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