Thinking of concentration as a skill that can be built up over time is a growth-focused approach to helping your child manage their ADHD.
Stay positive, patient, and don’t give up. Your child looks to you to set the tone for any challenge they face. Be a model for them and implement some of these tips to start building focus:
🔶 Break into Small Chunks
Facing a huge task can seem insurmountable when you look at it all at once – especially for children with ADHD. Break big tasks into bite-sized jobs. Put all the focus on the smaller tasks, and when each is completed, take a break before diving into the next one.
🔶 Practice Deep Breathing
Research has shown that a group of nerves in the brain that regulate breathing are connected to the brain’s arousal center. When you keep your breath calm and slow, your brain is signaled to keep at an even keel, as well. Taking deep breaths can help calm them, reduce anxiety, and re-center their attention. For best results, practice when they’re calm so they get the hang of the technique.
🔶 Encourage Breaks
Concentrating is naturally harder for kids than adults. That’s why it’s important to let them take breaks between focus sessions – especially if your child has ADHD. Encourage them to get up, move around, and play during breaks so they can sit down again later feeling refreshed, revived and ready to be attentive and focused.
🔶 Make Time for Play
Exercising causes stress hormones to drop, encourages the growth of brain cells, and creates new connections between them. On top of that, studies have shown that exercise encourages the growth of brain cells in the region called the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning.
However, while exercise is a big deal, team sports aren’t the only way to get your child moving. Children may also get their daily exercise through unstructured play – so let them loose in the backyard or on the playground, too.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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