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Play Therapy For ADHD
Transcript of Play Therapy For ADHD
What is Play Therapy?
Is defined as a form of self-therapy for children through which confusion, anxieties and conflicts are worked through.
Can be used with any child to help them modify their behaviors, clarify self-concepts and build healthy relationships.
Effective Play Therapy Techniques
1. The Feeling word Game
2. The Pick-up-Stick Game
3. The Mad Game
4. The Spy and the Sneak
The therapist sits at the same level as the child and introduces the activity to the child by saying, “We are going to play a game called the Feeling Word Game.
The therapist writes each of the child’s feeling words on a separate piece of paper.
If the child cannot read, the therapist should also draw a face representing the feeling.
If the child does not provide the names of all of the feelings required to explore the presenting problem, the therapist should suggest it.
The therapist begins by reviewing the color–feeling pairs with the child, either verbally or by playing Color-Your-Life.
Next, the therapist explains how Pick-Up-Sticks is usually played; most children are already familiar with the rules.
Either the therapist or the child holds the sticks in their fist and then drops them on the table.
The goal of the original version of the game is for the individual to remove a stick without moving any of the other sticks
The therapist divides the blocks evenly between himself or herself and the child, with the instructions that each person will place a block atop the previous one when it is his or her turn.
They alternate turns, each time expressing something that makes him or her angry or something that is not fair.
All statements are acceptable, from silly to serious.
The therapist begins by bringing up fairly benign issues that the child has and progresses to specific of therapeutic concern.
The therapist meets first with the child and discusses sneaky positive behaviors that the child can do to surprise his or her parent.
The child is told that he or she is a “sneak” and the parent is a “spy” who is going to try to discover what the sneak did.
Together the therapist and child brainstorm three to five good behaviors, related to the treatment goals, for the child to accomplish the next week.
The therapist then invites the parent into session and informs the parent of the plan and explains the role of the spy.
The therapist begins by asking the child to create various color–feeling pairs.
This type of verbal interplay would occur for each color–feeling pair as follows: red–angry, purple–rage, blue–sad, black–very sad, green–jealous, brown–bored, gray–lonesome, yellow–happy, orange–excited.
The therapist should make sure that the child describes each feeling in as concrete terms as possible.
Play therapy is a recognized ADHD treatment. In fact, play therapy may actually be a better approach than talk therapy for children between the ages of 3 and 10. Steer your children to play dates with children who complement their personalities. During these, supervise children and have a no-tolerance policy for aggressive behavior.
ADHD complicates play because its symptoms can often negatively impact peer relationships. Many kids with ADHD have trouble sitting, paying attention, and waiting their turn. They can quickly become outcasts on the playground. It can be frustrating to parents who try to initiate one-on-one play sessions because children may try to stop activities before they’re complete, straying from the game at hand.