Concentration Problems In Children
The key to improving concentration in children is to understand and strengthen the key skill that it is related to, attention. Attention is often referred to in different ways. For instance, concentration, attention span or focus. Children are typically able to spend about 4 minutes concentrating on a task while adults and older children can focus for a maximum of 20 minutes. However the ability to attend encompasses much more than the ability to focus or concentrate.
Problems concentrating can stem from attention difficulties relating to the ability to maintain focus for a prolonged period of time, to select which information to attend to, and to filter out distracting information that is grabbing our attention.
Understanding Attention And Concentration
Attention is a broad term that encompasses a number of processes which when working together are the foundation for learning and child development. Concentration is just one aspect of attention. Attention is divided into three processes:
Selective Attention: The ability to zone in on important information whilst filtering out unimportant information. This skill develops very early in childhood, and can be seen in infancy. For instance, babies directing their attention to the faces of mothers over the faces of strangers.
Sustained Attention: The ability to maintain focus (concentration) on tasks for prolonged periods of time. For instance, children listening attentively to a lesson in class for the entire period.
Attentional Control: The ability to switch attention, to inhibit impulsive responding, and to ignore conflicting information. For instance . Aspects of attentional control continue to develop through childhood and continue to undergo changes in early adulthood.
Attention And Concentration Problems
Each of the attention processes interact and therefore difficulties in one can have a negative impact on a child’s ability to learn and develop.
If a child has difficulty with selective attention then they may end up focussing on the wrong thing and be perceived to not be paying attention. A child that is lacking attentional control may give responses that seem impulsive because they were unable to inhibit inappropriate responses. While this may seem like a lack of concentration, training their attentional control may help.
Strengthening each of the attentional processes can help to build specific abilities such as a child’s concentration.
TALI Train: Improving Concentration In Children
Developing attention skills in children at an early age is vital due to the critical role they play in learning and education. Strong attention also has a positive relationship with mental resilience, as well as forming and maintaining social relationships.
TALI Train targets each of the core attentional processes through four adaptive exercises. Adaptivity means that children will be working at a difficulty level appropriate for them in each session. For instance, if a child has great selection abilities then they will be moved up to levels that are more complex within this exercise, but if they struggle with focus (concentration) then they will work at levels that are less complex within this exercise.
TALI Train is proven to increase selection and reduce inattention / hyperactivity in early childhood. Improve your child’s concentration with TALI Train today.