Meditation and mindfulness practice has now been shown to have benefits in children as well as adults. A recent review published in the Handbook of Mindfulness Education collects studies that measure improvements for children in terms of cognitive function and academic success. When compared head to head, a group of young children with ADHD actually showed more robust improvements in attention and impulse control than did a matched group of adults with ADHD who underwent the same mindfulness meditation training.
In 2015, a study reported increased math scores, along with improved performance on a wide variety of cognitive measures, in a group of 4th and 5th graders. This was only after 4 months of training. Though adults have long pursued mindfulness and meditation to control stress, it seems the benefits can extend more broadly in both adults and children.
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The Mindful Child