When we opened Cape Fear Games in 2009, my husband and I did not know our children would be diagnosed with ADHD. We didn’t know that board games would help our family forge powerful and meaningful connections, or that game night would teach so many learning skills. And we certainly didn’t anticipate a pandemic that would make family time more plentiful and pivotal than ever.
We simply knew that board games could bring loads of laughter. We knew that finding new games — beyond Memory and Battleship — could be quite intimidating. And we hoped that we could help facilitate family connections and build a community in our hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Today, as parents of children with ADHD, we have a treasured collection of favorite board games that help to build skills like working memory, recall, focus, and strategic planning. We have found that exercising these executive functions in game play is an added bonus for a child with ADHD experiencing delays. We hope that sharing our list helps your family build skills — and treasured memories!
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