Oh, and for others interested in using yoga with people with disabilities, there's a certification program called Yoga For The Special Child. Yes, the name is a bit patronizing and ableist, but the approach is very clinically sound.
Megan, I would say no, not DVDs. There is a lot of research showing that electronic media exposure increases AD/HD-like patterns in the brain. People with AD/HD generally benefit from spending more time tuned in to other people and less time with electronic media (if at all). A yoga class or lessons would probably be more appropriate.
For the record, I'm not in any way an anti-TV/computer/videogame zealot, but I'm a neuropsychologist, and research and experience shows that learning from people and from hands-on activities helps AD/HD, while electronic media exacerbates it. Basically, the best kinds of activities for people with AD/HD or other disorganized/impulsive neurology are those that provide tons of input (especially tactile/vestibular), yet it's a really calm and focused input. Yoga is a great one, as are Waldorf-type activities like clay, fabric dolls, high quality art materials, etc. Listening to music (especially live music) that's loud and full but not fast or rapidly changing, no words or few words is also great.
No one will ever say drugs will replace yoga. There is too much propaganda, investment and mindset in society that says you can't replace but it will "help" with symptoms. Scientist will get crucified for saying no need for drugs. A bad example is Tom Cruise's opinion of not needing meds for depression due to activity killed his career. I don't fully agree but I do think we medicate before any lifestyle changes first.
There was an article in YJ about this a year or two ago, with suggested poses and photos to help with their practice; anybody remember the issue?
Megan and Sue, you might look into Yoga Calm-- it's a book geared toward teaching yoga to kids and teens.
I've got a ten year old with ADHD - no medication required right now. Does anyone have any suggestions concerning which type of yoga to start her on? What about DVDs?
Also, will this be good for a kindergartener?
I was wondering what style of practice is good for teaching yoga to adhd teenagers?
10 years ago when I was a kindergarten teacher I used some yoga to transition the children between desk work and circle time . It worked great! I could definately get the kids to be more focused and ready for reading and learning. Now that my 8 yr has been diagnosed with ADHD and Aspergers I can definately see the benifits and will start this soon! Thank you for reminding me!
I personally have ADD. I am 26 years old and feel that when I stick with my daily yoga practice I'm more focussed, less stressed and calm throughout the day/night. When I slip away from practicing yoga I feel that I am not as focussed and I'm more stressed and my body is much more tense. I know for a fact that yoga does help someone with ADD. Live.Love.Breath. Yoga.
This confims my observations! I started having my son do forward bends as well as focusing on the breath...this has appeared to really help him ground himself during "whacky" moments! I would also like to learn more about yoga for ADHD too!
I'm professionally interested in this issue and I've always thought that yoga can be some kind of support programme for children with ADHD and this is just a beginning. I would like to learn more about it. thank you for this info!