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  • Jeff Belyea
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 27, 2009
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      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
      Disorder).

      A new drug? Nope.

      A new surgery? Nope.

      Psychobabble? Nope, not even that.

      Of course, you guessed it:

      MEDITATION!

      ________________________________


      If you would like to view a
      PowerPoint presentation from
      last night's meditation class,
      you can go to the link below
      and click on the Mystic Heart
      PowerPoint Presentation link
      from that page...

      BUT...it's a big file, so the
      download can take a while.
      On my mac it took 5 minutes,
      so if you have a pc, it could
      take longer (like forever!).

      Some of the slides need a
      little narrative to understand
      what was presented, but you will
      see the essence of the class,
      if you're interested.

      PJ

      http://www.mindgoal.com/mysticheart.html
    • medit8ionsociety
      ... Yo Papajeff, Here s what I found when I Googled ADHD Tampa Meditation: Transcendental Meditation reduces ADHD symptoms among students: New study EXCERPT:
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 28, 2009
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        "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
        > Disorder).
        >
        > A new drug? Nope.
        >
        > A new surgery? Nope.
        >
        > Psychobabble? Nope, not even that.
        >
        > Of course, you guessed it:
        >
        > MEDITATION!
        >
        Yo Papajeff,
        Here's what I found when I Googled ADHD Tampa Meditation:
        Transcendental Meditation reduces ADHD symptoms among students: New
        study

        EXCERPT:

        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 learn—it shuts down the brain," said William Stixrud,
        Ph.D., a Silver Spring, Maryland, clinical neuropsychologist and co-
        author of the study.

        -snip-

        "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 results—she 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
        normal range.

        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
        disorders.


        http://www.sciencecodex.com/transcendental_meditation_reduces_adhd_sym
        ptoms_am ong_students_new_study_0

        http://cie.asu.edu/volume10/number2/index.html
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