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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Adapting Games for ADHD Children

Many popular games can be adapted for kids with ADHD, with rules multiplying and challenges increasing gradually over time. This approach enables ADHD kids to master challenges in increments, building gradually their capacity to stay with the game, follow complicated rules, and handle frustration and disappointment.

For example, you can break down Milton Bradley's Let’s Go Fishing game into steps: -- First, encourage your child to just learn how to catch the fish. -- Once this step is mastered, race to see who can throw out his fishing pole first. -- Next, add on a cognitive challenge, like who can get four red eights first. -- Finally, change the game to something more interactive by allowing players to ask each other for cards they might need to complete a set.

The point is that the game grows with and also fosters the child's ability to maintain more detail.

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