Children and concentration

Steps to take to improve children's concentration

Children and concentration

The main reason children face concentration issues is because they are wired differently to adults. Children are naturally curious, with unmatchable energy. When the task they’re given isn’t fun, they get bored and quickly shift their attention to something more interesting — unlike us adults who tend to complete tasks whether we like it or not!

Child development experts say that, on average, a 4- or 5-year-old child should be able to focus on a task for two to five minutes times the year of their age. But this rule of thumb, just like any guideline for raising children, depends on the situation.

Signs of low concentration in children include:

  • Lack of interest
  • Inability to sit still and maintain a train of thought
  • Easily distracted
  • Appears to be daydreaming
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Inability to keep things organised

Tips for improving concentration in children:

Give attention to get attention

The best way to get your child to pay attention is to be physically near them when you’re giving directions. Stand in front of them, make eye contact, be at eye level or touch their shoulder. Praise your child’s efforts and set up a reward system.

Divide bigger tasks into smaller tasks

If your child thinks a task is too hard, they may zone out and stop paying attention. Deliver the instructions in small steps. Sometimes even illustrating a routine on paper and posting it on the wall can serve as a good visual reminder.

Boost brainpower to boost concentration

Keep away gadgets, tablets and computers and allow children to play with regular toys. Suggest activities that require concentration, such as completing a puzzle or even assisting with preparing dinner. You can also help by taking time to point out some of the small and interesting details in your surroundings.

Understand your child’s method of learning to help them with their concentration:  

Visual – Making flashcards; Drawing; Doodling

Auditory – Reading aloud; Music

Kinaesthetic – Touch and feel subject matter to understand and process better.

Eliminate hunger and fatigue

Parents should also be aware if something is getting in the way of a child paying attention. To combat hunger or fatigue, give them a snack before they start homework or any structured task. Make sure the snack is a healthy one, rather than one loaded with sugar and fat.  A good night’s sleep is important as well. And many kids need a little break when they come home from school.

Use energy effectively for better concentration

Some children have high energy in the mornings, while others have high energy in the evenings. Studying or doing activities during this time will help your child focus better on the task at hand.

Get moving to improve concentration

Exercise can help kids pay attention. Encourage your kid to use outdoor toys like balls and jump ropes. Play outdoor sports that they like, and set aside time each day for family activities, such as going on a walk, playing in the park, or taking a bike ride.

Know when to get help

Sometimes, a child may have attention problems that are difficult to solve with simple strategies, and parents may need help from a teacher, paediatrician, or even a psychologist. It’s important, though, that parents be careful about assuming their child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a syndrome usually diagnosed in early childhood that’s characterised by impulsivity, overactivity, inattentiveness, or a combination of all three. ADHD may not always be the root cause; there may be other influencing factors.

Childhood into adolescence is tough and requires a lot of brain power as your child continues to explore boundaries and try new things. It’s important to ensure they are getting all the essential nutrients for healthy brain development—including essential fatty acids (EFA). Adding an EFA supplementation can give them the support they may need to increase concentration and improve learning capabilities.

How does EQUAZEN eye q help with children’s concentration?

EQUAZEN eye q products support concentration, learning and healthy brain development in children and adolescents. The range provides essential fatty acids (EFA) supplementation that can help give them the support they may need to increase concentration and improve learning capabilities.

EQUAZEN eye q Capsules to improve concentration in children

EQUAZEN eye q Capsules have been shown to:

Help improve attention and concentration by increasing attention span and focus

Help improve learning capabilities such as reading, writing and drawing

Support brain functions by providing necessary essential fatty acids support for brain development

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