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The precise cause of ADHD is not known. Experts do know that
genetics play a part. There is also evidence that children with low
birth weights, those with head injuries or those who were exposed
to toxins early in life are at greater risk.
Playing video games, however, is not thought to be a major
When children with ADHD do play video games, parents may see
some symptoms magnified. Fidgeting, pacing, bouncing, impulsive
language, high levels of frustration or a concentration so strong
that it is hard to break (hyper-focusing) may be prevalent.
Children with attention challenges may be especially interested
in playing games for several reasons. Those who struggle with
athletic abilities and social skills find that computer games level
the playing field. Many kids with ADHD who have a tough time
concentrating in the classroom find they can focus when it comes to
video games. Plus, computer and video games can also be an outlet
Help keep things balanced by following these simple rules.
Many children with ADHD have difficulty with impulsiveness and
self-regulation, so creating clear rules around video games and
following through is critical.
Posting rules and timers can help keep kids on task. Posting
gaming time limits (such as 30 minutes of game time after homework
is done) plus reminders before they play and near the end of play
time will help kids practice time management.
Games can get any child wired and kids with ADHD often have
trouble winding down before bedtime anyway. Cut game time off early
in the evening to give kids plenty of time to cool off before
Children with ADHD may be attracted to video games because they
don't have to work so hard at social interactions. Parents can play
along and use the opportunity to guide appropriate social
conversations and reactions. Encourage kids to give praise for your
good moves and to take a deep breath when they fail at a task.
Promote game play that keeps kids moving and improves
coordination. Dance Dance Revolution is available for most gaming
consoles. Game systems with full-body motion sensors provide great
options, too. Kinect Sports or Kinect Dance Central for Xbox 360
combines memory, concentration and physical coordination practice.
Wii Fit, Wii Sports or Just Dance are available for the Wii.
Children with ADHD can find games online to help boost their
memory and concentration. Try games at KidsMemory.com
or PBSkids.org/games/memory.html. Middle and high
school students can get regular brain workouts at Lumosity.com,
which offers a free three-day trial.
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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