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Some easy ways to keep your child focused on school activities

For some kids, learning just comes easily. They sit attentively, listen accurately, and absorb whatever knowledge is being presented to them almost effortlessly. But for the most part, every kid has a moment or a day when it’s not so simple. It’s actually normal for kids to have trouble concentrating. Think of all the things that can run through a child’s mind in any given moment. For that matter, think about your own mind and your ability to concentrate.

Concentration isn’t a rare skill, however. Everyone possesses it. If something is interesting, important, emotionally charged, or compelling, attention follows. Put a group of kids in a scary, fast paced, exciting dinosaur movie and their concentration is just about guaranteed. Stick them in a situation that’s uncomfortable, learning level or age-inappropriate, frustrating, or overstimulating, and you will find minds wandering just about everywhere.

Fortunately, concentration is a skill that can be taught, practiced and improved. If you’re interested in learning more about how to help a young person you know improve their concentration, feel free to talk to one of the physicians at Pediatrix or check out the 10 ideas Margot Hovley from the Family Share website suggests to help improve concentration:

  • Set tasks according to your child’s maturity level.
  • Divide big projects into small tasks.
  • Minimize distractions.
  • Play “beat the clock.”
  • Teach how to set goals.
  • Offer praise.
  • Choose a healthy lifestyle.
  • Play memory games.
  • Avoid over scheduling.
  • Give advanced notice about changes in activities.

The ability to concentrate and control concentration is a lifelong skill that will help any child, both now and in their future. Who knows, you may even find your concentration skills improving along with your child’s.

Posted in Blog on November 11th, 2016