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Constructive gifts for children with ADHD

In the world of ADHD, gifts can be different and your childhood favourites might not be the right choice for a child with ADHD.

Inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are the three core symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), though they may represent differently in children with ADHD.

While some children may struggle with inattention and forgetfulness, others may be more challenged by hyperactivity, impulsive behaviours or social interactions.

The right gift can help alleviate ADHD symptoms by channelling excess energy with the right activities and games, while building valuable listening, memory and social skills.

 

For inattention

Children with ADHD often struggle to pay attention to and remember finer details. Look for games with simple instructions and short, high energy rounds. This will build confidence and give your child the satisfaction of finishing a task. Open-ended games, in which the outcome is guided by your child’s imagination rather than a challenging model to copy, are also recommended.

 

For hyperactivity

Hyperactive children often find it difficult to sit still in one place for an extended period of time which is why the great outdoors is an ideal location for physical games. Studies show that exercise through movement-based games can improve concentration, reduce anxiety and put your child’s excess energy to good use.

 

For impulsivity

Impulsivity is often seen in a child’s tendency to interrupt others, change topics and become impatient when awaiting their turn, which can quickly lead to temper tantrums. Arts and crafts, role play and turn-taking games are key for emotional, social and intellectual development while providing a safe outlet to express their emotions.

  • Information courtesy of MyADHD.

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