When I work with children, I tell them there is a superhero inside their mind who is always there, guiding them and making sure they are able to shine whatever happens.
Part of their personality, the superhero stands for everything positive: happiness, success, kindness, love, respect and achievement!
I find the ‘Superhero Inside’ activity works so well for children who have ADHD as it is creative, intuitive and, most of all, fun! Even though teenagers and adults might prefer other ways of carrying out a positivity exercise, I have found children aged 11 and under enjoy creating a superhero and, importantly, it does seem to have equal appeal with both boys and girls.
So you can have a go at this activity, I have included a free worksheet I designed to help children discover their own personal superhero. Here’s a link to the file and instructions on how you can use it at home:
- Ask your child about the most positive parts of their personality. Encourage them to chat about this and give examples of when they showed these positive emotions. Use only positivity and be careful not to mention any negative experiences as this activity is all about personal acceptance and joy.
- Encourage your child to draw their personal superhero in the body shape. Explain to them that it is a personal sketch so can be whatever they want. Additionally, ensure they understand the Superhero is inside them and makes up the amazing parts of their personality which ensure they shine like a star whatever happens!
- Show your child how to activate their Superhero. Point to a spot on the underside of their wrist (in the middle) and tell them this is the ‘Superhero Button’. Explain that whenever they feel angry, upset, unmotivated or hurt, they can press this for a reminder of all the positivity they have inside. Explain to them that they can use this button whenever they feel the need and that nobody will know they are doing it as it is very discreet.
- If your child is comfortable with writing, encourage them to fill in the box on the left-hand side explaining how they will activate their superhero (number 3) and also when they will activate it. For the ‘When I Will Activate My Superhero’ box, encourage your child to think of some occasions when they feel they may benefit from using their Superhero such as in the classroom; during an exam; at the park; or at mealtimes. If your child prefers, let them draw the answers to these questions as this may work more effectively for some children.
- Make positivity part of your family routine and ensure your child is given daily reminders of what is positive about them. Encourage your child to see the positives both in themselves and others and, if they have ADHD, ensure they see this as a ‘superpower’ and something which will help them on the road to their own personal success!
Enjoy discovering and using your superhero!