Improving Attention

 

“Teacher told me that my child has attention issue!”

 “He/She cannot sit still and we have to always repeat instructions.”

 “He/she doesn’t listen to us and only likes to do activities that he likes.”

 “He is very naughty and stubborn when it comes to school work.”

These are some common symptoms of children with attention issues that we hear about.


What is Attention???

Attention is the ability to maintain focus on a task for a certain period of time. When a child is not paying attention, avoids challenging tasks, has poor eye-contact or other behavioral issues, we adults often pay a lot of attention to symptoms, it is sometimes difficult to see that there are actually root causes underlying these behaviors.

Since our brain is the control-center, if a child’s certain core foundations are weak then they would not be successful in activities that require the use of these foundations.

And we all know that every child wants to be happy. So when a child is faced with a challenging task that they know they cannot perform in, it is then naturally that they would want to avoid it, make excuses or display behavioral symptoms, which we adult see as “attention” issues.


​These foundations are:

     1. Auditory processing

If a developing child’s brain is processing at a rate that is slower than speech sound (which happens in tens of milliseconds), they may miss certain sounds within a sentence. What a teacher says could then be different than what a student hears. For example, ‘b’ and ‘d’ both take 40 milliseconds long and sound very similar. If a student processes slower than this, they may not be able to tell the difference between these 2 sounds. Words with these sounds will not all make sense to them, and naturally they would not (be able to) pay attention to something that does not have any meaning.

 

     2. Visual processing

If a child’s visual processing is slightly below-age, they will struggle with recognizing certain mathematical patterns, or find it difficult to follow complex diagrams. Students will easily lose focus and shift their attention to something else that they are better able to process. Very good visual processing skills are required to master concepts in math and science subjects.

 

     3. Sensory-motor processing

If sensory-motor skills are below-age, simple tasks like sitting, balancing, and activities that require the use of different foundations like playing the piano (visual-auditory-motor) will be very difficult- even the task of holding a pen steady and writing. This may make it difficult for a child to sit still for a length of time in class. It is then natural for the child to try and avoid the situation, move around or look for different activities that they can move around more. What we see then is a child who is inattentive and cannot focus on a task for very long.

 

For more information about how you can improve your child’s attention, please feel free to contact us at 02-656-9938-9 and For Thursday and Friday please call 091-774-3769, or fill in a contact form and we will get back to you immediately.