How Do You Help Your Child Focus?

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FocusTeaching our kids to focus appropriately is one of the most valuable skills we’ll share with them. ADHD – hyperactive and inattentive – is defined by the inability to sustain attention. But paying attention is a key piece to success in school, in relationships, at work – for life in general.

What hints do you have to help your child focus? Share them in the comments below!

About Kayla

Kayla Fay is a freelance writer and the mother of four boys, three of whom have been formally diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD. When she started “Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?” in 2002, her sons were ages 8 through 14, when her life was a “progression of dirty laundry, lost homework, misunderstood Algebra, and a whole lot of love and fun”.

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  1. http://goaskmom says

    To keep kids from zoning out through verbal reminders to pay attention, flash the lights or ring a bell. This advice seems contradictory. Won’t you distract them? At a zoning out point, an ADHD child needs to be distracted back to reality and the task at hand.

    • http://ADD%20Mom says

      My son will have a field day with lights flashing and bells ringing! They will not get him to focus again for the rest of the day, because he always has a hysterical comment on anything that distracts him and his focus will then be on the reaction he gets after his comment :-). We are so blessed to have a school teacher and an aftercare teacher who will really zone in on him – as soon as he zones out (they know the signs already) they will immediately tell him to get back to work. He thrives on that.

  2. http://Maureen says

    My son Jonothan came home from school yesterday and proclaimed, “mom, I won’t need medications to stay focused.. the teacher taught us all a trick… rub your ears until they burn, and it will help keep you focused”. Now, Jonothan claims it worked for him. 🙂

    • http://goaskmom says

      That’s hysterical! I’m actually out of town with Ron (at the laundry-mat…) and we both got a good laugh.

  3. http://Julie says

    My teacher allows my daughter to chew gum in class. It seems to help her focus and not daydream.

  4. Let them move when they need to or have movement breaks. Walking about and cross crawling in the classroom. Outdoors when possible when they’re not in the classroom.

    We’re seeing more and more research that shows the more vigorous physical activity kids get every day, the easier time they have focusing. I know some kids have actually been able to stop taking their ADHD meds after doing a sustained program of physical exercise.

    • http://Laura%20B. says

      This makes a lot of sense… more and more of our children’s “downtime” is spent indoors passively instead of outdoors actively. Maybe that is related to the rise in ADHD diagnosis? My ADHD-I son is an avid reader. While I’m happy that he enjoys reading so much, after reading this I’ll be sure to get him out and moving more on a regular basis. It’s good for the whole family, too!

      I’d love to see a follow-up post about Dr. Wagner’s comments… 🙂