How to Increase Attention Span in Children - Methods and Tips
By Andrew Loh
Enhancing or improving attention span in children is a long process.
Attention is a God-given skill that helps children and adults achieve
even the most difficult goal in life. Unfortunately, attention and its
span are not too well-defined in young children. In variably, it is very
low among children and this makes learning difficult at times. Children
who possess better attention spans are more likely to do better in their
classroom than those who do not possess such an important skill.
To enhance attention span among children, parents may need to devise a dual
faced set of techniques, those that remove barriers to poor attention
spans and those that they can introduce which eventually enhance longer
spans. Whatever the technique you use, one thing is certain - you just
cannot hurry in a quest to pressurize your children to reach the task in
the fastest possible time.
In essence, any method used to
enhance attention span among children involves two important issues. The
first issue relates to things that you will need to avoid while boosting
attention span in your children. The other relates to those things that
you can promote to enhance attention spans.
Things to avoid because it can shorten child's
Make sure to remove things or objects that impede
your child's ability to concentrate and enhance attention spans. Few of
the objects that impede a child's attention spans are the TV's, video
game consoles and computer games. Although, these objects are good at
improving some important skills among children, an over use and
excessive indulgence might prove counter-productive. A two-hour TV
watching and game playing is perfectly OK.
However, anything beyond this
gap is extremely disadvantageous for growing children. Research studies
conducted in the past indicate that every hour of TV watching and game
playing beyond the recommended level of two hours might decrease
attention span by about twenty percent. Make sure that you exercise some
form of control over TV watching and game playing. Allow about one hour
of these activities on a daily basis and stop them soon after alarm bell
rings! Never ever, give your children toys and playthings that make them
think less and become creative.
Avoid junk food and introduce brain-boosting diet
Bad nutrition is bad for health! Food that is
extra oily and junk in nature may result in inferior and inefficient
brain-cell network connections that lead to average IQ and disappointing
classroom performance. A vegetable rich, red meat less and
seafood-enhanced diet may play wonders to your children's brains. In
addition, it will also enhance attention, focus and concentration.
Reduce stress and anxiety
Extraordinary stress is known to
cause decreased attention span in children. Anxiety among children may
lead to loss of focus, concentration and decision making abilities. Too
much stress may even lead to a sense of disorientation and disconnect
that is quite dangerous for brain health.
Things to introduce in their children's daily life to enhance attention span
Now, initiate your children to those things that help them
enhance attention spans. These issues make your children smarter,
brighter and better focused in anything they do in life.
Let your children become independent
Make your children independent
in their thinking and activities. Never ever, help them unless they need
your help very badly. Bring home games and activity sets that help them
enhance attention spans and focus. Puzzles, word games, scrabbles, board
games, chess, math and strategy games, and activity sets would help them
streamline attention span and concentration.
Introduce reading and writing in their early age
Early literacy is necessary for
your children. Develop a culture for literacy by introducing activities
that make your children learn by doing. Once they know the importance of
literacy, you can help them learn how to read and write. Similarly,
arts, painting, crafts, music and dancing will help them develop focus
at an early age.
Meditation and yoga are the best tools for developing concentration and focus
Yoga and meditation are two of
the best tools available to enhance focus and attention. Consult an
expert in these activities to teach your children the art. Yoga and
meditation help your children control breathing and inhalation which in
turn assist them in concentrating on a give task for more time.
Exercises and cycling are the other activities that help children learn
how to focus.
Introducing brain foods for your children
Good food is the essence of life. Make your children eat and live
better. Avoid junk food that is rich in trans-fatty acids and dangerous
toxins. Let your children eat vegetables and fruits. Eggs and fishes are
rich in brain boosting factors while vegetable and fruits are reservoirs
for anti-oxidants. Meat (non-red) that is rich in lean muscles are good
for body building while whole grain and complex carbohydrates are
excellent with their fiber and sugar complexes. Avoid soda and junk
beverages that are known to cause slow brain decay in adults. Avoid
sugary diet because they need extra digestion to break them into simple
Set a rigid routine and stick to it
Set a routine for your children to follow and complete. Do not deviate from this
routine. Let children learn the importance of finishing tasks on time so
that they can develop the necessary attention span needed to complete
Provide necessary facilities for your children to study
Bring home tables and chairs for your children to write and
study. Ensure a friendly environment for your children to complete their
homework on time. Children who do their homework on their bed are known
to degrade their existing attention span.
Reduce distractions and noisy ambiance
Distraction may play spoilsport in your effort
to teach children the art of attention spans. Switch off TV and
computers when your children are studying. Stop talking to your friend
over phone when your children are doing their homework.
Play dart games to improve attention span
Playing dartboard are an
excellent way to improve attention span in children. When children throw
darts on the boards placed in a distance, they concentrate on the inner
most circles in the dartboard.