Constant fidgeting, non-stop talking, thoughtless action? A history of combative behaviour, especially in the face of authority? Yep, that sounds like many of the classic symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Affecting 3 to 5 percent of American children, its most commonly identified by the tendency to hyper-fixate on tasks of interest to near perfection, while being unable to complete anything else. Though 77% of 2-17 year old US kids with ADHD receive treatment, that still leaves many thousands of kids behind and without support. Research shows that children with ADHD are also more likely to be expelled or make failing grades in school, and boys are diagnosed with ADHD up to seven times more often than girls.
Any parent with children diagnosed with ADHD are surely eager for any helpful resources, be it bringing order to their little one’s life or a welcome and helpful pastime to sate their child’s stimulation appetite, which is why this article is here: five amazing apps for you and your child to help better understand, cope, and thrive with ADHD.
1. MyLife Meditation – iOS – Free, with in-app purchases
Voted one of the best health apps of 2019, MyLife comes through with a wide selection of calming and healthy activities to ease a restless mind. With notifications to keep them on track, paired with personalized mindfulness activities, journaling, and meditation, this app can help bring regiment and routine to your child’s life and have them improve their focus while soothing their hyper-active brain.
2. News-O-Matic – All platforms – Subscription based
The perfect app for the curious and worldly, this carefully curated app has over 10,000 educational child-friendly articles for readers in Kindergarten through Grade 8. All of these can be enjoyed through multiple languages, reading levels, and devices, with read-aloud features for every daily article. The online ‘News Room’ even allows kids to submit questions, pictures, and reactions for articles. A fantastic educational resource to engage a busy mind.
3. Happy Kids Timer Family Chores – iOS, Android – Free, with in-app purchases
Simple visuals and an easy-to-use interface make this an easy recommend. A combination of pre-set and custom list of chores and to-dos for morning and night routines gives structure to a busy day and helps keeps kids on task with clear, defined goals. Great for day-to-day use, or to help prepare a young child for school or other structured environments.
4. Wonder Bunch Media – iOS – Free.
A true treasure trove of learning, Wonder Bunch is a website dedicated to delivering high-quality apps to your children so that they can learn and grow. Kids will be enamoured by the beautiful visuals and engaged by the numerous activities each specialized app has to offer, be it learning their ABC’s, numbers, yoga, or even the weather. With more apps and lessons on the way, this site is a wonderful complimentary piece to your kids early learning experience.
5. Play Attention – Website – Paid service
Bringing NASA-level science to the table, Play Attention is the ultimate resource for ADHD-specific learning and management, with the goal of taking “ADHD characteristics and turning them into superpowers”. Everything from counselling, mindfulness training, nutrition help and more is used as your Personal Executive Function Coach analyzes and works with you to create a highly-personalized and effective plan to change your child’s disability into their greatest asset. Try a free consultation today.