One of the most elevated human qualities we have is the ability to attend. Our ability to attend is not necessarily measured by focusing on a computer game, television program or something that is highly engaging or shocking. Rather it’s the ability to attend at will.
Most of us struggle with how to improve, engage or encourage attention. The difficulty can increase with neurological challenges including ADHD. Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks that may help improve the ability to focus, attend and concentrate.
2) White space. Close your eyes. Now imagine you are in a room. All you have is a paintbrush and a bucket of white paint. Paint the room white. Don’t rush. Take your time.
3) Lighting. Sensory rooms are known for their ability to help with focus and attention. Create a dark room or closet and put a lava lamp, gel tiles, bubble tube or fiber optic bundle inside. This is a great way to calm, relax and learn to focus.
9) Chores. Chores help children to learn contribution as well as encourage heavy work and attention. Add in some music and you can help your kids attend to their chores with rhythm.
10) Ask Questions. This applies particularly well to story time, learning a new lesson or school assignment. And it is particularly important for kids who have more trouble attending. Ask questions regularly to maintain and build attention. Don’t assume they heard or understood. Keep assessing.
11) Act it out. Have your kids act out something they learned. Bring out their inner drama queen. They will pay better attention and remember.
12) Describe It Out Loud. Ask your kids to tell you out aloud what they learned. Repeat. Repeat. If they know they need to explain it, they will focus more.
13) Exercise. Exercise is great for the body and for the brain. Movement creates endorphins and blood flow to the brain, helping to stay on task.
14) Breathing. When things get tough, stop and take a breather. Take 5 deep breathes in and out to bring your attention back to yourself.