Meditating with children (with ADD)
My 10 year old little brother has recently been diagnosed with ADD and is taking concerta to treat it. He does ok in school, but he doesn't really like it, and he doesn't like doing his homework. I am almost positive that he only has a mild or moderate case of ADD. To be honest, I haven't talked much with my parents about it so I don't know all of his symptoms/what he is having difficulty with. I think having him sit in Indian style position and focus on his in and out breath would be the best method.
I want to try meditating with him to help him focus. I figure it would be helpful to do it with him for 5-10 minutes a couple times a week before he does his homework. I can gradually increase the time, and eventually have him progress to body scans, observation feelings etc. I have a few concerns though, first off, I think he will just find meditation boring and weird, so I need to convince him that it will help him concentrate and that it can even be fun. Secondly, I'm not sure what my parents will think of it. They are pretty strong Christians, and they know that I'm a Buddhist, however I'm not sure if they know that I have a meditation practice and I'm not sure how they will feel about me teaching my brother meditation. They might think that I am trying to convert or brainwash him. Is there any conclusive data that shows that meditation is beneficial to kids, or any other things I can mention to help convince my parents that meditation will help my brother to concentrate?
I'll continue to do research and contemplate these things, but any advice would be appreciated.