Attention and concentration in children, because they are important
For children, for the purposes of learning, the ability to pay attention and, consequently, to concentrate. However, younger and smaller ones find it difficult to concentrate. The excess daily stimuli and the large amount of information can lead to a dispersion of attention, which, in turn, can lead to a decrease in concentration and even, in some cases, to symptoms of stress. So learning to maintain both attention and concentration at home can be a major challenge for little ones.
Above all, new technologies continuously provide numerous attractive and changing stimuli and it is increasingly difficult for children to concentrate on a "neutral" or apparently boring stimulus. However, It is well known how important it is to be able to concentrate on something.
Not all activities are fun or attractive to children, so don't wait for the one your child likes, but it is much more effective to teach them to activate internal resources that allow them to focus and trigger the learning process.
The Spanish psychologist and psychotherapist Belén Colomina, specializing in issues related to childhood and adolescence, in an article in the magazine Serpadres.es has identified some practical tips to improve attention and concentration in children. Here, below, what they are.Read also: Tips for children who struggle to concentrate
Practical tips to improve attention and concentration in children
- It is important to keep them from being distracted and to keep the space around them clean and tidy. In the room where you study there must be very few objects that can be distracting: avoid video games, cell phones, etc. This will help the children to focus attention on what is important in that moment.
- Do not spend excessively long periods of time on activities that require the child's attention and concentration. This is detrimental as attention begins to diminish about 50 minutes or less (depending on the age of the child). Therefore, you can make changes to the activity you are doing, in order to stimulate their attention. Or you can take a short break and breathe in silence.
- Respect specific times for each activity. It is good to establish this habit and respect it so as not to accumulate the tasks to be done, for example. Each activity has its own specific duration. This healthy habit will create mental routines of attention and concentration.
- Let the children rest well. It is important to rest and sleep well to perform better activities throughout the day. Therefore, it is convenient to perform the most difficult activities or those that require more attention when you are more rested, since fatigue is not a good ally for concentration.
- "Calm the mind" with mindfulness exercises. Performing "mindfulness" practices at home serves to increase attention and concentration. They reduce stress levels and help you to be fully involved in the task at hand.
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