Play Therapy Techniques and Games to Try at Home

Many children best express and challenge themselves through play. Using games and activities to encourage growth is the cornerstone of play therapy. Learn how you can teach valuable life skills to children of all ages with these recommended toys and games.

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Ages 4-6: Fantasy Play

Doctor kits, stuffed animals, and action or monster figures enable children to act out roles, situations, and emotions. For children with ADHD, fantasy play is especially important because they may feel isolated and confused due to their inability to effectively communicate their experiences, fears, and concerns. Similarly, ADHD children tend to be impulsive, rather than anticipatory thinkers; that is, they act on their impulses before considering whether or not it's a good idea. That's one reason ADHD kids so often find themselves "in trouble" or without friends.

When skillfully directed by parents, fantasy play allows ADHD children to explore new experiences and feelings in a safe context. It also helps them learn to stay with a string of tasks long enough to bring them to a conclusion, as well as consider consequences before acting. Constant practice during play enables children to transfer these skills to real life.

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