Improving Your Child's Attention Span - Useful Techniques and Methods
By Andrew Loh
If you find your child is unable to concentrate or focus on a given
task, do not despair or lose your heart. So many methods and techniques
can help you train your children develop focus and concentration. The
following suggestions can be very helpful for parents, who have children
with short attention span.
#1 - Look and gaze at your children's' eyes when giving instructions.
Children tend to obey their parents when they gaze at their eyes. This
could be a factor that relates to the psychology of the children. Short
commands with a firm voice may compel your child to listen to your
instruction. This technique works very well for those children, who are
unruly and undisciplined. Make sure that you are giving one or two
short, but firm commands at a time. Ask your child to answer back to you
aloud so that you can check if they have understood the instructions
well. This will help your child upgrade memory power and enhance
#2 - Try to establish a daily routine with all activities and schedules.
A child with short term memory span tends to do well with a rigid work
schedule. Make sure that you allot a specific time for your children
work on their tasks. Steer your children away from specific types of
noises like TV and video game sounds. Other distracting sounds could be
people talking in a loud voice, sound that come out of kitchen and
disturbance caused by other children.
#3 - Restrict study time to shorter bursts of 20 minutes, so that
children can regroup their senses and minds back to the study
activities. Children who have short attention spans tend to develop
boredom very easily. To avoid this, you can keep study time short, while
moving from one subject to the other, with some time gap in between two
sessions. Provide breaks to move around and take a short break.
#4 - Allowing children to move around the house during study time can
help your children develop concentration. This will help them stimulate
attention areas of the brain. Give a soft ball for playing; this will
help transform the frustration and disappointment that resides within
the brain to evaporate slowly.
#5 -Make sure that your child uses a clock or timer to complete certain
assignments and tasks. A timer will help your children stick to the set
schedule and work according to a definite duration. This will also speed
up the learning process.
#6 - Post a to-do item sheet on the bedroom and kitchen wall. Ask your
children to look at the poster every day. This poster should contain all
common activities like eating breakfast, taking a shower, doing
homework, reading etc. This simple activity will help your child develop
independent thinking and self-motivation skills.
#7 - Reinforce positive behavior and award such behavior. There are
times when your children behave in a normal and disciplined way. A
positive reinforcement will go a long way to develop long attention
span. Some examples are:
"I noticed that you were so quiet when I was talking to my friend on the
"I heard that you were so patient enough to hear what your teacher was
saying about homework"
"I was so surprised to see that you were cleaning your room all by
A reward could be a simple hug or saying thank you. Or, it could even be
a small ice cream cone!
#8 - Broken rules are common in all homes. Never ever, start a blaming
game or scold or ridicule your children for those broken rules. You can
spoil your children by doing so. Make sure that you are patient enough
to hear what your children want to say about those broken rules. Listen
to their problem and try to find out a solution.
#9 - Provide age-appropriate activities to your children. This will help
your children master the assigned tasks in an easy manner. Children
always feel good about helping you with small tasks.
#10 - Make sure to restrict TV and video games to a bare minimum, so
that they will not result in your children short attention spans.
#11 - Help your children read story books, sing songs or play outside in
your garden or in a park. These simple activities will help them release
stress and tension.
#12 - Play chess with your children. Chess is a great game and it helps
your children streamline long term attention span and memory. It also
helps your children develop intelligence and cognitive powers.
#13 - Music is a great smoothening agent to calm down nerve cells. Music
also helps your child develop listening abilities, memory, thinking
power, academic learning, social skills and sensory integration.
10 Days to a Less Distracted Child: The Breakthrough Program that Gets Your Kids to Listen, Learn, Focus, and Behave
By Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D
A fresh, practical, and completely original take on handling inattentive/hyperactive children!
Anecdotal examples throughout help parents understand their kids, improve focus and organization
at school, and eliminate other distracted or inappropriate behaviours at home.
This wonderful book has everything that a parent can do to teach and train their children to increase
their attention span. A highly useful book, parents can use some of the most effective techniques available.