Looking for ways to help distracted and hyperactive children? Research is showing that focusing and body control are skills that can be taught to young
children. One of the strategies we can use are social stories that are designed to directly teach such skills. Here are some of my favorite books that work like social stories to present these skills to children. Try them out and remember to practice frequently! Please share your own favorite books for helping children with ADHD on our FaceBook page.
Listen and Learn by Cheri Meiners
Children learn what listening means, how to listen, and why it’s important. Simple, direct language helps make this engaging and easy to understand.
Sit Still by Nancy Carlson
Many children will relate to Pat who can’t sit still. He finally learns to do activities that take advantage of his motivation and need to move his body.
Howard gets in all kinds of trouble because he doesn’t listen or sit still. He realizes that trying hard to listen makes his life easier.
This book acknowledges children’s feelings when they get frustrated or angry. It also provides lots of suggestions for what they can do to cool their anger and deal with frustrating situations.
When Sophie Gets Angry by Molly Bang
When Sophie gets really angry she takes a break and calms herself down. This book is a good way to start out teaching children what anger feels like and that there are things they can do to get control again.
Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee McLean
These piggies learn to find a quiet spot to calm their bodies and their minds. Includes instructions for family meditation.
Children can learn many ways of sharing in this book. This is a good introduction to problem solving and taking the perspective of someone else.
The message of this book is that it’s okay to make mistakes and struggle to learn new things. It emphasizes how to stick with activities even when they are hard and not to give up.
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