Four Activities to Add and One Activity to Remove to Help Improve Your Child’s Attention

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Four Activities to Add and One Activity to Remove to Help Improve Your Child’s Attention

Are you having trouble with your child to stay focused? You may be a parent who sees other children paying attention, but not your child. If the answer is yes, this blog is for you and will help you work with four simple activities that can improve attentiveness and one that you got to eliminate.

Although, demands on attention vary from one task to another, attention and concentration are vital for any learning process.

WHAT TO ADD?

  1. PLAYING WITH LEGO: Playing with Legos can help children construct, deconstruct and reconstruct. It offers them proprioceptive input to their hands and fingers which can help them regulate. Furthermore, playing with these little block pieces can help improve their sitting tolerance, creativity, and focus - which can have a positive impact on their attention span. For a child, Lego is play and not hard work and they are sure to be deeply motivated which can facilitate longer durations of attention. If you haven’t purchased any LEGO toys for your child as yet, you can find it on Amazon or malls in the city. When selecting the pieces, ensure, you find the right size as mentioned in the packaging as per your child’s age or functioning skills that will help their little fingers to work efficiently.
  1. SIMPLE HOUSEHOLD CHORES: When children are engaged in simple household chores (be mindful of their age), they feel important and experience a sense of contributing into the family’s welfare. Using their large and small muscle groups with movement can help your child focus and concentrate better and thereby improve their attention. Simple household chores that you can engage your child are: leaving their clothes near the laundry area, mix batter along with you for baking, water plants, categorise vegetables, setting the meal table, or leave shoes in the shoe rack. You can be creative in adding more to these suggestions depending on your child’s age and what deeply MOTIVATES them. Kindly ensure safety first when your child is in the kitchen area. Be ALERT at all times when they are helping you.
  1. ENGAGING IN ART AND CRAFT: Any form of art is found to be relaxing and calming across age groups. While learning or performing art such as: dancing, painting, creating something or drawing; a child’s visual spatial skills are strengthened. The multi-sensory experiences keep them deeply focused and improves their attention and concentration. Do not scold them when the floor is messy or filled with paint. Use newspapers that can shield any colours to spill on the floor if needed. Ensure, your child is not offered sharp instruments with or without your knowledge as this could be risky when you are not around with them.
  1. READING: It’s a known fact that reading requires attention and focus to comprehend what is read. When reading is imparted at an early age, most children grow up to be avid readers and better writers. As a parent or caregiver what you need to do is allow your child to choose their book. It could be a book with cars, animals, dolls or even nuts and screws! Only ensure it’s of your child’s INTEREST. Reading improves A child’s cognitive processes including focused attention and concentration.

WHAT TO REMOVE

SCREEN TIME: Let’s be honest. The simple solution to keep a child calm and or allow you to be free is to let the child have their screen time. This would however, cause adverse effects as the child grows. Limit or eliminate NON-INTERACTIVE screen time. When children are predominantly engaged with their screens, real life becomes boring to them: Real life scenes do not move as swift as their screens and they are not super colourful either! This can result in disinterest, dysregulation, and cause them to lose interest in their environment. This is one of the many reasons why children find it hard to pay attention to a task at hand. You may see it’s ripple effect on their attention for mealtimes, conversations, academics, playing with toys and interacting with friends. So, how can parents engage their children without screen times? Read the first four suggested activities.

I hope these suggestions are useful to you to help improve your child’s attention span. If their attention span has not progressed in spite of implementing these suggested activities, contact us for a consultation.

By, Chitra Thadathil

Speech Language Pathologist

info@dimensionstherapy.org

 

 

 

 

 

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