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:
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.
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.
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.
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
We know that all children thrive with better attention. Attentive minds help children focus better, act calmer and learn quicker.
Tali Train targets each of the core attentional skills through four adaptive exercises. We’ve designed the exercises to increase or decrease in real time, so they are always challenging but never overwhelming.
For instance, if a child has great selection abilities then they will be moved up to levels that are more complex within an exercise, but if they struggle with focus (concentration) then they will work at levels that are less difficult within that exercise.
Tali Train is proven to increase attention and numeracy in children with attention difficulties. Improve your child’s concentration with Tali Train today.