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South Africa's Department of Education recommends book including Transcendental Meditation for students with ADHD
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3 December 2009
Teaching and ADHD in the South African Classroom, a new book for educators, features an article on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Technique (TM) for school children.
A co-author of the book was inspired to learn the technique after attending a presentation in 2006 by leading brain researcher, Dr Alarik Arenander,* a neuroscientist, educator, and international lecturer. Dr Arenander demonstrated how brain patterns in students instantly become more orderly and powerful when they practise TM. Improved learning ability, increased happiness, and total brain development result from the regular practise of the technique.
The article states, 'Around the world, hundreds of schools are introducing TM as a way to improve student marks, solve behavioural problems, and create a low stress environment. Meditation naturally allows the student's brain to begin to function in a more orderly way. TM is a simple, enjoyable, and easily learned technique. Research shows that it provides the body with a profound state of rest and relaxation, while the mind settles down to inner calm and wakefulness.'
In addition to scientific references and resources for educators, the article cites a study at an American school which offers a wide range of approaches for students with ADHD. Introducing 10 minutes of Transcendental Meditation, twice daily, led to immediate improvement of the students' symptoms.
The South African department of education has included Teaching and ADHD in the South African Classroom in its official list of recommended books. Issued in October by Macmillan Publishers of South Africa, the book will soon be available in education bookstores.
* Dr Arenander is Director of the Brain Research Institute, and adjunct faculty at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
** This report was featured on the 30 November 2009 Maharishi Global Family Chat, which is broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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