Using the Creative Arts as Therapy for ADHD
with Kimberly Beaman
In this episode of the Parenting ADHD Podcast, I’m talking with therapist, Kimberly Beaman, about the importance of therapy, how to find the right therapist for your child and your family, and the power of creative arts in the lives of kids with ADHD and other challenges. Listen in as Kim offers a wealth of resources and guidance on therapy for kids with ADHD.
Resources in this EpisodeNOTE: Some of the resources below may be affiliate links, meaning I receive a commission (at no cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.
- Finding a Therapist:
- https://www.goodtherapy.org Go to the “Find a therapist” link
- https://www.psychologytoday.com/us Go to the “Find a therapist” link
- To verify a professionals license and make sure it is CLEAR vs. on probation as example, go to your state’s department of health. (This is the state of Florida: https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/HealthCareProviders.) You will see drop down menu and you will need to provide some basic information about clinician.
- Download Kim’s Resources List
- For play therapy with teenagers, you can buy products (games) online such as at this website: https://www.playtherapysupply.com/games/by-age/teen-therapy-games. Other ideas include: Jenga, card games, music, teen coloring pages (mindfulness), also sensory objects helpful like use of water beads or playing in sand. However, one of the best ideas and most cost effective would be for parents to play active games with kids such as basketball, or any sports game child may be interested in. You could play “Life Stories” or “Would You Rather” too.
- Build trust/rapport and keep moving. Trust in the process and allow it to unfold.
- My Little Cupcake, by Kimberly Beaman