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Calm Your Hyperactive Child by Dr. Sabina Dosani

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Learning from ‘theSquirmies’

Taking a playful approach may be the best way to get serious with ADHD. Maintaining a sense of humour is half the battle against bad behaviour.

It may not feel like a laughing matter, but giving your child’s ADHD a jokey name like ‘the Squirmies’ could end the behaviours that have adults close to tears in frustration.

In their book, Playful Approaches to Serious Problems, Jennifer Freeman, David Epston and Dean Lobovits describe Dean’s meeting with a nine-year-old boy, Leon. These three therapists believe in bringing children’s own creative solutions to the fore, by using light-hearted techniques.

Like many families where a child has ADHD, Leon’s family were exasperated by his lack of self-control. He distracted ...

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