How can we educate the attention and concentration of children?

The ability to concentrate and attention is different from one child to another. There are children who have a hard time keeping their attention on a single task, such as coloring for more than 5 minutes. Others, on the other hand, are able to watch a movie without even moving from their chair. Apart from the genetic factor, the stimuli that the child receives from his environment are very important.
The restlessness that appears in some children does not necessarily mean  that there is some kind of problem related to the attention deficit . There are times when children are more ‘moved’ or ‘restless’, precisely because of their desire to know and attend to several things at the same time.
Over the years, children will be able to spend more time on each activity and focus on more complex activities that require more time of attention.
We must understand that paying attention is a complex process that requires several processes . Through attention, our mind is able to focus on a single stimulus among all those that exist around us. Therefore, it is one of the fundamental skills in the knowledge process since without concentration it would be practically impossible to learn something.

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TIPS TO ENCOURAGE ATTENTION AND CONCENTRATION

– Before starting any activity, we must provide the child with a calm and relaxed environment , in which things are orderly and there are no strident sounds or television noise.
– It is important to limit the options , since if we offer you several options at the same time, it is very likely that you want to do them all also at the same time, so we must plan the activities one at a time.
– When starting an activity we must try to choose the time of day when the child is least tired .
– It is necessary to establish a time to carry out each task or activity. To do this, we will ask the child to do a specific activity for a few minutes and when they do it easily, we will increase that time little by little. An example would be to color a drawing without leaving it, first for 5 minutes, then for 10 and then 15. The objective of this is not to pressure them , but to be able to start and finish a task in a certain period of time.
– Finally, remind you that it is important to reinforce positively . When the child manages to keep his attention on what we have proposed, even if the amount of time spent seems to us little, we must recognize the effort that it involves.
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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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