Many children have difficulties with concentration. Sometimes it is just developmental and other times they are struggling to cope with many different forms of visual and auditory stimulation that exist in their real world. How and when do we just focus on the adult, parent or teacher? Concentration and attention involves the ability of children to obtain and sustain strong and directed attention for a purpose. When children are not able to concentrate it can relate to motivation, self-esteem, sensory factors, language difficulties and many other things but there are strategies we can apply. There are ways we can help a child with concentration.
Here are 8 ways to help a child with concentration:
- Identify times when a child is most likely to maintain attention then use this to schedule important tasks, activities and assignments. For example, just after medication, 30mins after lunch or the mornings.
- Break larger assignments into smaller and more immediate tasks.
- Actievely teach the skills of time management including daily plans, schedules and directions.
- Create timelines for the completion of key segments of larger assignments including rewards and recognition for each achievement.
- Create time limits for assignment completion, including prompts at key segments.
- Create an environment that promotes and maintains the perfect environment for quality performance. For example, quite, background music, good lighting.
- Structure the order of tasks so that less interesting activities occur just prior to more engaging tasks. Progression from one activity to the next must only occur after satisfactory attention and completion.
- Provide support to help students remain on task. As the child develops, gardually reduce levsl of support in line with the increased responsibility taken.
Senior Managing Partner and Education Expert Shanna Parry
Combining her passions for teaching, training and travel, Shanna Parry has since worked throughout the USA, Middle East, India and China serving as a director (Higher Education), headmaster (Secondary School) and consultant (K-12). Shanna brings a wealth of experience in a variety of critical areas.
In 2018 and 2019 Shanna was identified as top 30 in the Education category for Global Gurus among some of the worlds leading Education experts. Shanna continues to travel extensively to meet the demands for her consulting expertise in administrative and teacher development.
In her role as Senior Managing Partner of GSE she plays a key role in the day-to-day operations as well as pioneering creative models for international schools and providing groundbreaking training methods for directors, administrators, teachers, and students.
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