They are nervous, sometimes they don’t finish what they start and it’s hard for them to concentrate. Children that have an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have difficulties to keep the established daily routine by their teachers at school. That’s why parents ask themselves how they can help at home their children with hyperactivity to make their educational development easier.
Many times they are classified as anxious or rebel, but whether that is true or not, children that have hyperactivity possess a list of characteristics that we need to have in mind to apply the right medical, pharmaceutical and pedagogical treatment. But If you think your child is hyperactive the first thing you should do is ask an expert to value his problem and prepare the right treatment.
That’s how, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder– ADHD - its characteristic for having nuclear symptoms: like impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and lack of attention. It is talked about as a restless behavior, and that’s why it should be observed if the child manifests with frequency a series of behaviors in their day today.
Games for Hyperactive children
After the confirmation of a healthcare professional and the right treatment, at home we can also learn activities and games to help them improve their qualities and personal abilities, helping them to adopt the best way possible. That’s why we give you some examples:
Matching game. With this game what you do is find drawings that are repeated of a series or group in cards, for example, or even using geometric symbols or drawings. This way you are training them on their attention deficit at home.
Puzzles. Whether are letters or geometric figures, with a growing difficulty and always when the child capable of adapting. In this case, this is also good to improve their concentration, although there are also another options like drawing with dots or coloring games.
Synonyms and antonyms. This game offers a list of words that relates each word to its the opposite or similar word, and it works to improve concentration, language, and vocabulary. Another option would be games where you have to complete a sentence or make words with a group of letters.
Echo game. This activity consists of a guide saying a word, and the rest have to do the echo of the same word, the times that they remember. Then you can add difficulty adding more words, as a list, without deleting the words that have already been said. How many can you remember? With this game, children practice their auditory memory.
“Chain” word game. As the last one, it helps to foment auditory memory and it is very simple: the person who is the guide starts the chain saying a word, for example, “my” and the next person has to say the same word and add another word that makes sense with the first one, that could be “dog”. In this case, the person who doesn’t know a word to add loses the game.
“I spy” game. The tradition says that to start this game someone has to say: “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with…” Each sentence has to be said by a player and the other person has to look for an object that starts with that letter and guess what’s the object the other person is thinking of.
Words hunter. In this popular game, each player has a list of words that belong to a certain category – plants, flowers, animals, names-; the person who acts as the guide says a word and two other players have to look for the person who has the word written in their paper. The player that finds the word first wins!
The labyrinth: This one is a lot of fun! It will help on the coordination and you can do it with a wool yarn or a string which you can tie in different rooms of the house until getting to the end of the labyrinth, which can lead to a bag full of their favorite candies. But careful if you get lost! Each time you get lost it means you have one candy less.
Looking for details: In this exercise, we show our children different photos in a short amount of time, one by one. After that, we ask them what details they remember and ask them to draw the photo thinking on the place of the objects, the color, and the size. The more details they remember more rewards they receive.
Turtle races. In this game you run the opposite way you would do in a race, meaning you make really short movements and very slow. This way you will improve their capacity to relax and to control themselves.
In conclusion, the best thing you can do is to observe your child without making them feel judged as being able to make the best decision about going to a specialist. Besides we should have in mind that this compilation of games and activities for children with hyperactivity attention deficit are not a substitute for medical treatments but can give extra value to their development. However, the best thing to do is that during the free time that the child has, they always feel the love of their family members, aside from the decisions of the doctors, because what your child needs above all is love.