How Meditation Can Help Your Child's ADHD
Updated: Jul 1
The most common developmental disorder in children is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Currently, there is limited medication available for treating ADHD. Even with appropriate pharmaceutical interventions, parents feel uncomfortable prescribing medicines to their children that may cause unpleasant side effects.
In addition to medication, meditation is one of the most effective natural treatment options.
I guess you are thinking, "How on earth am I supposed to get my hyperactive and impulsive child to sit still long enough to meditate? If they could sit still, I wouldn't be searching the internet for ADHD treatment." Fair enough. But allow me to explain.
Your Child's Brain on ADHD
Every person has thoughts and impulses that are not always rational. For example, you feel like driving into a car that just took your parking space. The functional prefrontal cortex in most of us keeps us from engaging in excessive or reckless behaviour.
As a result of a severely impaired prefrontal cortex, your child cannot prevent these impulses. Impulses emerge, and before your child understands what's happening, they are acting on them. Things happen fast!
Meditation Empowers Children with ADHD
An essential component to coping with ADHD is becoming aware of one's thoughts rather than taking medication that can calm them down. As a result of recognizing that he is not his thoughts but a person simply having thoughts, he is empowered to self-regulate and make better decisions.
Recent studies show that mindful meditation can help children with ADHD:
Relieve stress and anxiety
Helping Your Child Get Started