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Old 07-31-17, 01:27 PM
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Re: ADHD and Play

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I am focusing on treatment during the stages in early development when children love to play, before medication is even an option
The OP's child is already 10 years old.

The OP wanted to know about people's experiences with play for (possibly older) children with ADHD:

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I am a mom of two, and my younger son (10) has many symptoms of ADHD, though he has not been diagnosed.

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I read a great book, Playdhd, by Dr. Kirsten Milliken that has helped me look at play as a resource. Though this book has a focus on adults with ADHD, the suggestions work for any age. Play is so important – and she has some great ideas and suggestions on how to be more playful to help manage ADHD.

Anyone else used Play as a treatment? Have you seen a difference in your child's behavior? Does it smooth out the tough times?

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Re: ADHD and Play

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Perhaps you could explain what you see as the difference between "just free
play" and "supervised free play."

My adhd granddaughter had much the same parental supervision and same
opportunity for free play that her mom had, but the differences were huge.

My granddaughter beat herself up emotionally, despite reassurance from us.
She would argue with anything and everything that was talked about. Once
she began taking Concerta it was like a switch was turned on in her head
that let her make connections and suddenly understand what others were
saying ... there was no more arguing.
I am focusing on treatment before medication is an even an option, and you are focusing on treatment after medication becomes an option, in a response to my post?



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Re: ADHD and Play

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The OP's child is already 10 years old.
The OP's asked about our experiences in regards to behavior, treating ADHD and Play, Negative self talk, etc..

My relative and I both have trouble focusing since early childhood, about the age of 10 we started making each other laugh when one of us was feeling down, by telling each other, "not to worry we are "smurt"".









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Re: ADHD and Play

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The OP's asked about our experiences in regards to behavior, treating ADHD and Play, Negative self talk, etc..

My relative and I both have trouble focusing since early childhood, about the age of 10 we started making each other laugh, by telling each other, "not to worry we are "smurt"".
That sounds like it would lighten the mood! Did joking around like that help you focus at all, or relieve some anxiety?

Your story about "smurt" reminds me a bit of this:



It sounds like the OP and her son use similar joking-around to reduce stressful situations.

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Re: ADHD and Play

Developmental effects of partly relieving daily anxiety at age 10, after AD(H)D emerges. (maybe lessen severity of top down commoribbitites.)

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Developmental effects of partly relieving daily anxiety at age 1, before AD(H)D emerges. (maybe lessen severity of AD(H)D.)




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Re: ADHD and Play

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I am focusing on treatment before medication is an even an option, and you are focusing on treatment after medication becomes an option, in a response to my post?



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Sorry you didn't understand my point.

Free play didn't help my granddaughter, but meds did.
She wasn't diagnosed and medicated until she was 10 or 11.



Earlier I commented that I've tried making things more fun, having an
attitude that is lighter and more fun. For a time it worked with the GD with
autism and I was able to take over bathing and hair washing. I do not know
and she is unable to explain what made her decide to have mom help instead.


PS ... I requested the book the OP mentioned from our library loan system
a few weeks ago and have still not received it. I may have to re-request it?
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Re: ADHD and Play

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It's something that comes naturally to me, and at times it has worked with my
grandkids but for some reason my autistic granddaughter has decided that I'm
trying to manipulate her when I try to lighten things up with humor.

Really, I guess it worked best when the girls were little. Once they hit their pre-
teens they change in so many ways.

She's been seeing a therapist for 10 years (different one before that) who
specializes in play-therapy, and he's been very helpful for all of us.
I'm glad her therapist for 10 years who specializes in play-therapy has been so helpful.




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Re: ADHD and Play

Parental supervision in addition to free play, is a fun way to promote the essential emotional attachment and attunement relationships, required for healthy bottom up development of implicit self-regulation, (relieves anxiety/depression) years before ADHD emerges and medication is even a treatment option.



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Re: ADHD and Play

So then are you saying that medicating at an early age should not be done before playing?As in, playing should be the option first before medication? What if both work? That was my experience. Mommy and me classes and preschool with medication helped save my son's life.
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So then are you saying that medicating at an early age should not be done before playing?

As in, playing should be the option first before medication?

What if both work? That was my experience.

Mommy and me classes and preschool with medication helped save my son's life.
Between birth and the age of 4.

Supervised free play.

The child leads and the parenting-figure makes sure the child is safe, for a period of time everyday.

Promotes a whole bunch of things.


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Re: ADHD and Play

My stepson and I have played with a few friends who have autism at the park.

We have a small plastic-cloth football filled with cotton, that never hurts if we miss the ball and get hit in the face.

It's the perfect ball.




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