When we opened Cape Fear Games in 2009, my husband and I had no idea that our boys would be diagnosed with ADHD. We didn’t know that board games would help us forge such powerful and meaningful family connections, or that game night would teach some skills even better than school.
Twelve years and two children with ADHD later, 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 particularly helpful for tweens and teens. And I’m so pleased to share with you my family’s Top 10 favorite board games for adolescents with ADHD. (See our Top 10 list of games for younger kids with ADHD here.)
Parent Tip: On YouTube, you can find videos visually explaining how to play tons of games! Trying to navigate the written instructions amid questions and confusion can often shut down a game down before it begins, so do yourself a favor and watch a short tutorial before you call everyone to game night.
Editors' Note: The author of this article is an ADDitude reader. Most of the 'Buy This Game' links below link to her family business, Cape Fear Games. ADDitude receives no commission or compensation from Cape Fear Games.