Mindfulness Meditation Training for children with ADHD – a controlled pilot study combining first- and third-person methods.

A session at Mind and Life Europe Symposium for Contemplative Studies

  • Elena Antonova
  • Walter Osika
  • Ilina Singh

Sunday 13th October, 2013

9:45am to 10:30am (CET)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioural developmental disorder with both genetic and environmental causes, presenting symptoms of inattention and/or a combination of hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

A lack of concentration/distractibility, restlessness and impulsive behaviour that children with ADHD present with can have a severe impact on their learning ability, as well as a disruptive effect on the classroom environment in general. Mindfulness Meditation Training (MMT) has the potential to improve the attentional, emotional, and behavioural self-regulation of children with ADHD. Our project aims to pilot the efficacy of MMT in the boys with ADHD from the mainstream schools in Sweden in a controlled trial. To further enhance the efficaciousness of MMT to positively impact the learning and schooling experience of children with ADHD, we favour a class-wide MMT intervention including the teachers.

Mindfulness training has been previously shown to enhance self- and other-empathy and compassion. Therefore, we anticipate that a class-wide MMT intervention approach would promote more mindful, empathetic and accepting inter-personal interactions within the classroom environment, further enhancing the MMT benefits for the children with ADHD in particular and the learning/teaching environment in general. To assess the effects of the intervention, we will be using biometric stress measures, a battery of standard neuropsychological tests to assess attention function, as well as the first-person methods to sample the experiences of children with ADHD as well as their diagnosis-free classmates. In our presentation, we will detail the project objectives and design, as well as discuss the practical steps and challenges.Mindfulness Meditation Training for children with ADHD – a controlled pilot study combining first- and third-person methods.

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Elena Antonova

Ph.D., Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

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Walter Osika

Ph.D., Researcher at the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University and the Dept. of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Solna

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Ilina Singh

Ph. D., Professor of Science, Ethics & Society in the Department for Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London

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Time 9:45am10:30am CET

Date Sun 13th October 2013

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