Strategies and techniques to help children with ADHD in play centers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often occurs in childhood, with symptoms such as hyperactivity and short attention span. This condition can affect children in several ways, including difficulty learning and forming friendships and low self-esteem. It is important to note that if a parent suspects that their child has symptoms of ADHD, they should see a doctor.
There are many strategies and techniques that parents and caregivers can offer to support a child with ADHD. Kylie-Jane Shannon, owner of the Jungle Kids Indoor Play Centre, gives a few. “Indoor and outdoor play allows children with ADHD to express their spirit in a more supportive environment,” says Kylie. “In outdoor activities, the rustle of leaves and the light breeze of wind on the skin provide a level of calm that helps children with ADHD relax,” she adds.
“Indoor play centers provide the perfect environment for developing interpersonal skills, teaching children to take turns, respect each other and learn to manage their personal space,” says Kylie. “The variety of play activities such as slides, ball pits, swings and balance beams help improve children’s flexibility and coordination, while providing an effective outlet for children to expend their energy” , adds Kylie.
Effective strategies and techniques that support all children, but may be especially effective for children with ADHD, include understanding rules, using positive language and praise, preparing children to change activity or complete an activity and help children manage their behavior.
“Reminding children of appropriate games is imperative, and it needs to be done in a specific way, as children with ADHD usually understand best through demonstration,” says Kylie. “For example, telling a child that fun balls should be placed in the ball pit after they’ve finished playing with them, and then enforcing the rule, is the most helpful way to effectively explain the rules,” Kylie adds.
Using positive language and praise is a more effective way to help a child manage their behavior. For example, saying “Please wait your turn” as opposed to “Don’t push” shows how we learn to respectfully interact with each other. Praising positive behavior is vital for all children, however, those who have ADHD respond very positively to praise. Praise a child who has demonstrated positive behavior. For example, say “Bravo Micah, you played so well with your friends today” or “Thank you Micah for being nice to Rosie today. ‘today’.
It is important to help children manage their own behavior. Strategies that can help include giving children an indication of when an activity will end or when they should change or move on to a new activity. All children, but more often those with ADHD, need time to realize that the situation they currently find themselves in or live in is about to change. “Reminding kids of playtime, as well as mentioning how much time is left before completing an activity, helps with the tidying up process and helps prepare kids for time at home,” says Kylie.
For children who have trouble managing their behavior or who show tantrums, it’s important to be kind but firm. Children like limits, so it is necessary from the start to be clear about behavioral expectations and what will or will not be tolerated. It is also important to be consistent when it comes to behavioral expectations. “For example, if a child is showing impatience in a crowded line that could potentially trigger a tantrum, suggest a detour to another play area until traffic from the previous area slows down,” says Kylie .
Jungle Kids Indoor Play Center continues to dedicate its expertise and fun to serving families in the town of Wallan, Victoria.
Check out their full range of services and current promotions at junglekids.com.au. Visit their Facebook page to see all their activities and special offers. The Jungle Kids indoor play center is open seven (7) days a week and is open until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays during school holidays.
As part of their individual Play-all-day entry, adults and infants attend for free. 12 months to 3 years at $8.50 and 4 to 12 years at $10.00.
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