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Re: 'New' approach to ADHD announced by Tampa schools.

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  • 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 1 of 2 , 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
      > Disorder).
      > A new drug? Nope.
      > A new surgery? Nope.
      > Psychobabble? Nope, not even that.
      > Of course, you guessed it:
      Yo Papajeff,
      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 learn—it 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 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

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