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Make time for playtime.

What you can do

Do your best to set aside time each day to do a fun activity with your child. This is especially important for young kids with attention issues. They often rush through their play, changing activities every few minutes. As a result they don’t have opportunities to develop appropriate play skills.

Making time for playtime will also help your child feel loved and supported. Join in his play and let him take the lead and choose which games to play or books to read. Try to encourage different types of play, such as make-believe or role-play—including suggesting that your child pretend to be the parent and you be the kid.

Use action figures to show him how to join in a game, express feelings and work on other important social skills. Use storybooks to help him learn to listen quietly and also to think about other people’s feelings.

What you can say

“Jacob, I really like spending time with you. Why don’t you pick a game you’d like to play or a book you’d like us to read?”

Why this will help

Your child will feel more invested in the time you spend playing together, particularly if he gets to choose the activity. Playing together can help him learn how to wait and take turns as well as develop language and social skills that will make playtime go more smoothly with peers.

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