Pay Attention to Inattention

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“How many times have I told you to pay attention? You just seem to space out. No wonder you aren’t doing well in school,” said the mother to her son. The father chimed in, “I don’t understand why you can’t pay attention. You just need to try harder.” The child looks miserable and both parents are starting to think that their son might have ADHD.…

Integrating Mindfulness Meditation into Classes

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This week’s episode focuses on integrating mindfulness meditation into a social studies curriculum in middle school. We are featuring a journal article this week titled A randomized controlled pilot trial of a classroom-based mindfulness meditation compared to an active control condition in sixth-grade children. The interest in mindfulness meditation and its’ benefits for school children has been gathering momentum. The authors of this study wanted…

Lazy Children and ADHD

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As his third grade teacher stood in the front of the class giving directions to the next assignment, the boy sat staring out the window. He often stared out the window or would spend time playing with paper or his erasers. The boy’s grades were beginning to suffer as assignment after assignment would be turned in incomplete or not turned in at all. His teacher…