Just as there are certain activities that can be useful in a kind of behavior modification, these same and similar activities can be very helpful in controlling child behavior disorders. Playing is actually one of the best ways to encourage a child behavior disorder sufferer to get active, and work against their conditions, so to speak. Try using some of these ideas to initiate your own.
Child psychologists agree that dramatic role-play is a great activity for the child with behavior disorder. Pretend play activities such as skits, puppet shows, even simple story telling mean a child only has to be a character for a short period of time before they can “switch” and be someone else. Having different costumes for dress up available can help them transition, end the task and move on to the next, which is very therapeutic for a child behavior disorder sufferer. A “dress up box” is great – and it does not have to be filled with elaborate costumes. Old clothes, hats, neck ties scarves and wigs, and many items available today at dollar stores make for great wardrobe. Getting the child with a behavior disorder comfortable in their own space is also a great therapeutic tool, making a “Circus Tent”, “Fort”, “Teepee” or whatever else they can imagine out of a blanket and some cardboard boxes is also a wonderful activity for these children.
Of course over stimulation is to be avoided at all costs, so toys that have lots of lights, sounds, and moving objects are not the best playthings for the hyperactive child. Children with a child behavior disorder also have trouble with lots of instructions and multi-step tasks, so toys, games and activities like that should also be avoided. However, this does not mean that a child with a behavior disorder will not enjoy a good challenge. What it comes down to is how you present the challenge. For instance, trying to figure out where the plant will fit best in the yard presents very little pressure leading to few problems with child behavior disorders. You can allow them to participate in small challenges that will be doable without pushing, or making them feel cornered into participating.