Research Update

March 25, 2022 by

Mindfulness Training for Children with ADHD and Their Parents

Researchers in Spain conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether a mindfulness-based program can improve ADHD symptoms, associated problems, executive functions, and family functioning. The participants included 30 children (9–14 years old) with an ADHD diagnosis and their parents.  They were randomized together into two groups, a mindfulness group (n = 15) and a wait-list control group (n = 15). The mindfulness intervention was MYmind, an 8-week program for children and their parents.  The children’s sessions were 60 minutes and the parents’ sessions 90 minutes each.  The children performed exercises to focus and improve their attention, self-control, and body awareness. Participants were assessed at three time periods: pre-intervention, post-intervention, and at 6-month follow-up. After the program, parents reported a decrease in parenting stress and improvements in parenting styles. Six months after the intervention, parents reported significant improvements in children’s inattention symptoms, executive functions, learning problems, aggression, and peer relations.  The authors concluded that MYmind is a promising program for children with ADHD and their parents.

Valero M, Cebolla A, Colomer C.  Journal of Attention Disorders. 26(5):755-766, 2022.

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