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Does play therapy help children with ADHD?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Some research has shown that play therapy does not help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When children simply talk with a therapist or play with toys during a therapy session, they may not learn effective ways to change their behavior. Over time, the child's difficulties and ADHD symptoms persist.

The National Resource Center on ADHD advises parents to try behavior modification therapy treatment for ADHD. In behavior modification, children and parents work together to create strategies and techniques to improve the child's behaviors at home and at school. The National Resource Center on ADHD cites several studies showing that play therapy does not effectively treat ADHD.

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