A great number of schools are introducing relaxation techniques into their curriculum, and it is easy to see why. Relaxation and meditation can aid all children but for the child with ADHD it can be a particularly useful concentration technique.
Meditation comes in many forms but some of the best ones to use with ADHD children are guided and sitting meditations:
Guided meditation is where the child is encouraged to close their eyes and focus on the instructions being read by the teacher or parent. An example of this would be 'Close your eyes, be very still and imagine you are walking through a bright, sunny meadow. You see a tree, and hear the birds cheeping happily...' The meditation can continue in this way for a number of minutes until in the end the child is encouraged to open their eyes and sit back up.
You can make up these simple instructions as you go along, or if you feel you need more help, there are some terrific resources such as books and CDs published by UK companies 'Relax Kids' and 'Calm for Kids'.
A child with ADHD may find it difficult to focus on the meditation at first; in which case the relaxation will need to be edited for those children who become bored and fidgety during the exercise. However, in time and through perseverance it can become something they look forward to doing, and meditations can be extended.
This involves the child sitting cross-legged, preferably with their eyes closed. Using a singing bowl or chimes, encourage the child to remain quiet when they hear the first sound, and then open their eyes when they hear the second. You can start with a small pause between sounding the sounds, such as 20 seconds, and eventually extend to a minute or more, depending on the child. If the child sits quietly during the whole exercise, reward him or her with taking a turn on the singing bowl.