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Why do some children struggle with concentration?
Concentration difficulties may be due to the following factors:
- Emotional components(maybe something happened that upset the child)
- Distracted by internal (thoughts / ideas) or external (sounds / movement) stimuli
- Physical illness
- Diet (some types of food causes bursts of energy e.g. sugar / preservatives / oily food, etc.)
- ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or ADD (attention deficit disorder
Ideas to improve concentration
It is important to let the child concentrate actively (not watching TV / playing PSP).
Start with a time that is according to the child’s current ability, increase the time with a few minutes every week.
- Place items on a tray, allow the child to look at it for 15 seconds, cover the tray and ask the child to recall the items. Start with 3 items and add items as the child’s ability improves). Shorten the time the child looks at the objects as his ability improves.
- Play a memory game
Use picture-cards (2 of each picture). Place the cards upside down on the carpet, each person gets an opportunity to turn 2 card. The aim of the game is to find two cards that are the same, return the cards to the face-down position if not the same.
- Mazes (booklets available in CNA/Spar/Google)
- Dot-to-dot tasks(booklets available in CNA/Spar/Google)
- Sudoku (booklets available in CNA/Spar/Google)
- Find the differences between 2 pictures (booklets available in CNA/Spar/Google)
- You say numbers / words and the child must repeat it (start with 2 numbers and progress to more numbers)
- Tell a story and ask the child questions about it
- Tell a story and the child must re-tell the story
- Word puzzles
- Word sums
- You count and the child must say the number that you intentionally skipped (count in 2’s, 3’s, 4’s etc. for older kids)
- Find a certain letter on a page (give the child a paragraph and tell him to circle e.g. the letter a)
- Let the child build a puzzle without providing her with the picture (show the completed picture to the child for 1 minute, then take it away and let the child build the puzzle).
- Build words with letters, let the child have a look, child looks away, you take 1 letter from the word and the child must say which letter.
- You say a word and the child must call out the opposite
- Let the child repeat tongue twisters
E.g. She sells sea shells by the sea shore
Rubber baby buggy bumpers
Betty bought a bit of bitter butter
- Due to poor concentration kids usually don’t finish tasks in time; time your child’s tasks / activities and reduce the time limit set as the child’s concentration span increases.
- Place coins / blocks / objects in a certain sequence, let the child look at the objects for 5 seconds, close the objects and let the child copy it
- Set a structures routine at home; children with concentration difficulties function better in a set routine environment
- The place where your child does his homework and / or studies should be free of distraction - some kids find it easier to study when reading out loud
- Let your child takes short breaks while studying – do not study for more than 45minutes at a time without a break
- Be patient with your child