Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a mental health that involves difficulty on social interaction and focusing on certain tasks. When choosing games and toys for your child with ADHD, you have to consider your goals.
Computer games are known to have positive effects on kids with this focus problem.
One common characteristic of children with ADHD is hyperfocus, or the ability to be completely absorbed by an activity they find enjoyable. Many kids with this disorder use that kind of hyperfocus to play computer games. “They’re drawn to the rate of the game,” Tringali says. “If we all lived on a metronome, the typical human metronome rate is 50 to 60 beats per minute. A child with ADHD can run as high as 120. Computer-based games run at a rate that is so much faster than the real world.”
Make sure that video games are balanced with physical activities, which appeal the most to the child. These include rock climbing, skateboarding, soccer, jogging, and a lot more.
For ages 3 to 8, you can let them play with a cash register, while puzzles are one of the toys recommended for ADHD patients who are 6 years old and above.
Indoor toys should be designed to keep the child interested with quick feedback and short time frames. For example, do not buy the 1,000-piece LEGO set; choose the 30 piece set to start with. Rules for card games should be simple and when playing checkers start with a few rules at first. When a child with ADHD is choosing a game, have two choices rather than 20, which would be too overwhelming.
Watch the video below to understand how video gaming can benefit ADHD children.