Concentrating takes a little practice. And although it is important for us to learn how to concentrate, it’s a critical skill for children with dyslexia or ADHD.
Distractions may vary in shape, size and form, but the fact is, distractions can follow you anywhere is you let them. Technology as a Distraction
- Turn off the computer. Period.
- No texting, talking or even staring at the mobile phone allowed.
- Set up a special reading or study area sans computer, phone, or clock.
People as a Distraction
- We are a nation of interrupters. So buy your child some headphones (not ear buds for music but real headphones). Not only do headphones block out sound, they are a physical reminder to put yourself in a focus mode.
- Help your child make a Do Not Disturb sign to put on their desk. This alerts family members that there is some serious concentration going on.
- Post a set time for reading and studying an stick to it. Everyone in the household could benefit from some downtime, with no distractions.
Yourself as a Distraction
- Mental distractions can be the hardest to quiet. What are my friends doing? What’s for dinner? Is my favorite TV show on tonight? Concentrating on the task at hand – specifically reading is a great way to improve vocabulary and reading comprehension.
- Set a time limitation and start small. Children need to know that zeroed-in study time isn’t indefinite. Start with 10 minutes of complete focus. Increase the time gradually until your child can stay on task for 30 minutes.
- Clear clutter from the study area- enough said.
You can help your child banish the distractions around them by adopting a few of these ideas. How do you help your dyslexic child concentrate?
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