How to develop focused attention in active children ?
Are you worried about how to develop focused attention in active children? Here are the few tips from HiveParenting for active children focus.
People of all ages find it difficult to concentrate on a single task for a longer time. According to research, there are 2 kinds of attention/concentration
- Transient attention, which lasts for 8 secs
- Selective Sustained attention, which lasts for 20 mins
Transient attention is a response to a stimulus, which we either choose to respond to ignore. For example: catching a ball, switching on a light etc..
Selective Sustained attention is sustained focused attention, a healthy teenager and adult can have focused attention up to 20 mins. For example: reading a book, solving a puzzle...etc
Young children have their attention average lot lesser than 20 mins..
As a parent we generally feel our children are not focusing enough, they are fickle minded, they hop around different things, not interested etc etc...
For many parents, this is a big worry. They seems like fully lost control, in turn yell at children, force them to focus on a task etc.. which have adverse effect on the relationship.
But, there are ways and means which if followed can help overcome this problem in kids. Various learning strategies and practices can help children improve their ability to focus on a single task for a longer stretch of time. Let us here discuss a few practical methods and convenient tips for the parents which can prove to be helpful for their kids to improve their focus.
One, two, three...:Remember you have only 20 mins on one thing
These days’ kids indulge themselves in loads of activities and gradually learn to do a lot of multitasking. Multitasking may be good for adults but it reduces concentration in kids. Allow your child to focus on one thing at a time. Break big tasks into small. Let them do one small task at a time. Children have a short span of concentration. So set reasonable goals (20 min goals). Give breaks in between. When your child reading a story book, ask your child to read a small portion and enact it. Meantime, prepare a glass of milk for him. Short duration concentration interests the child and a short break for milk provides to break the monotony. Then set another short goal. The learning continues.
Distract Distractions: Sustained attention is without breaks
Digital age gives a lot of distractions to kids. They involve themselves in surfing the Web, messaging their friends and listening to music which often becomes a cause for constant distraction. It is really not possible to remove all the distractions. It becomes very difficult for kids to focus on a particular task at a given point of time. Try minimizing these distractions by setting a specific time slot for these activities. For example, you can make your child watch television while he is having his dinner or let him watch a youtube video after he has completed his homework. Once again, 20 mins undistracted time to complete the goal...
Play and learn:
There are kids who run away from certain activities. They may find it boring or my lose interest very soon. This especially happens when your kid studies. Try making that learning time interesting. Try using play-way methods to make your child develop an interest in the learning activity. For example, while teaching backward counting to your little kid, write the numbers on the floor with a chalk and ask your child to hop backward. Your child will enjoy such learning activities interesting for sure.
- Mirror image: Study time possibly silent time at home
Kids learn from their elders. Children follow their parents blindly. It is very necessary that parents should also follow a disciplined routine, find all tasks interesting and complete them. Parents also need to cut down your use of technology. This holds especially true that when you are making your child study. Your use of cell phone or watch TV at that time may not only distract him/her but will also send a wrong message to your child. All your efforts will then go vain.
Besides this, there are many other practices that can help your kid stay focused. Siblings can be called in. Like you can make both your kids study at the same time or play together. This bonding will boost their confidence and increase their interest in the tasks they are doing. This will also instill a feeling of competition. Also, you try to maintain a peaceful space for study. Keeping the environment favorable will help your child develop an interest in the activity and will help increase his focus on the task.
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