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iPad games and apps for ADHD kids

What games or apps on the iPad do you all recommend for a six-year-old that has been diagnosed with ADHD? What about board games or educational tools/games?

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My son adores Minecraft but a word of warning - Don’t go there ! Fantastic game and it actually forces them to use their brains to create and build but is incredibly addictive . He will go into an intense Hyperfocus state for hours and hours and has gone so far as to steal our I phones to sneakily play when we remove his eye pad . I have created a monster 😜

Posted by LEANNEROBBO on Feb 25, 2014 at 2:39am

Hahaha that’s i pad , not eye pad 😀

Posted by LEANNEROBBO on Feb 25, 2014 at 2:40am

Thanks!

Posted by Gymnastics1 on Feb 25, 2014 at 3:39am

One app we like is brain yoga, its a free app with a few games and there is no timer or points. (Which can be an issue sometimes) Each player can set their own skill level. Also there are hidden picture games. I try to stay away from the main stream video games but he does have a leap pad. Most of the games are educational and he is learning while playing.  I try to remember that kids should not have more than 2 hours of screen time a day.

Posted by fsanti on Feb 25, 2014 at 8:56am

Any board game that emphasizes turn taking and fine motor manipulation would be good for a kid with ADHD. My son really likes Uno, Sorry and Battleship (the non-electronic version). He also like Guess Who? He also earned this other game that uses playdough. Its called Mr. Potato Head, Smashed Potatoes.

For Apps, we like to keep them as educational as possible. We use a Kindle, but I’m sure the I-Pad has something similar. I like Math Bingo. Reading Eggs and IXL Math are also excellent and you can get those for the I-Pad.

Hope this is helpful.
Susan in PC, Ohio

Posted by SueH on Feb 25, 2014 at 6:04pm

ADDitudeMag.com just did an ADHD Experts Webinar on this topic last week. You can listen to the archive and look at the slides here: http://www.additudemag.com/RCLP/sub/10650.html. (There will be a transcript posted that you can read soon.)

Randy Kulman, Ph.D., is the founder and president of LearningWorks for Kids and was the expert for this webinar, along with James Daley. They talked a lot about how many video games actually help kids with ADHD with executive functioning skills like planning and organization. They mention several apps and games by name.

Check it out!

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Feb 25, 2014 at 7:18pm

There is a website of educational games curated for kids with ADHD by Dr. Randy Kulman. http://learningworksforkids.com/about/

There is also a new iPad game app to improve attention and planning skills for kids with ADHD available for early access at http://igg.me/at/adaptacgames

What I do for my son is to limit his game time. His computer is in our living room. If I walk by and see him still playing after his limit (30 minutes or an hour depending on homework amount) then I remind him to shut off the game and get back to work.

Posted by CHBack on Mar 02, 2014 at 7:37pm

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