Fun & Games: Help ADHD Children Learn From Play

Think play is just about having fun? Sure that's part of it, but attention deficit children can also learn valuable skills through play. Find expert recommended games, toys, and types of play to help ADHD children practice and develop critical attention, focus, and social skills.

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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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