When you’re a child, it’s not always easy to sit and concentrate in class for a whole day. Some will chat and get up regularly to go trash, flutter … These reactions can allow the child to escape the stress when a task becomes too difficult for example. But this lack of concentration often worries parents who will fear a deficit of attention, hyperactivity, etc., and of course, school failure. In which cases do you have to worry? How to help your child to concentrate?
At what age can a child concentrate on the classroom?
Concentration is not innate, it is acquired over time. For example, it is perfectly normal for a 5-year-old child to concentrate for only 10 to 15 minutes on a single activity while sitting. Moreover, at age 10, a toddler can concentrate only a few minutes more (20 minutes). However, children must be able to concentrate when it comes to an activity they like.
In addition, toddlers in industrialized countries are under great pressure from school and are losing the desire to learn more and more. I feel that they are sitting too long at school while they can just as well learn during an outing to the museum, the park, the forest …
How to teach him to focus?
Reading, playing a board game or a puzzle … These activities are a good way to show your child how play can help balance action with tranquility. The practice of a sport is also recommended. This teaches him to respect the rules. Cooking can also be a good way to awaken the desire to learn from a child. He must respect a recipe with satisfaction at the end, a good cake. In these activities, however, the parents must also focus. This implies that they should not take a look at the television, do not regularly watch their smartphone … Parents must lead by example.
How to help focus on homework?
Parents should first think of ventilating the room and freeing the desk or table of anything that could distract the child. So that it drinks enough, do not hesitate to give him a glass of water available. Soft drinks, fruit juices and other sweets contain too many refined sugars that have an impact on the concentration. Finally, it is essential that parents motivate their child by praising his progress. Indeed, scolding or punishing him will not make him focus.
In which cases do you have to worry?
It is essential for the child to know that his parents are in agreement with the rules that are applied at school. It is thus not necessary to hesitate, if a lack of concentration returns regularly, to converse with the teacher in the presence of the child and possibly the school psychologist. It is also important to look for the cause. The latter can thus decide with the teacher if the consultation of a specialist is necessary. In consultation, it is often a question of reassuring parents that their child has the right to be as he is.
What are the differences between a restless child and a hyperactive child?
In Western countries, it is too quickly to believe that a “living” child is hyperactive. But hyperactivity is a psychiatric disorder that is characterized by incessant agitation. The child moves a lot and is unable to concentrate on anything. He will then start something, do not finish it and move on. He is also very impulsive. He can not wait and often puts himself in risky situations. These toddlers are very different from unruly kids.