Children of all ages often find it hard to maintain concentration, and in the majority of cases it is normal for children to experience some difficulties concentrating. However, if a child is too easily distracted or cannot follow instructions without the need to repeat several times what was said, poor concentration can cause significant issues across all areas of childhood, such as school, home and making friends.
An occupational therapist can determine the factors that may be the reason behind the lack in concentration needed at vital times of learning work together and provide interventions that aim to increase the overall sustained concentration of the child.
What is concentration?
Concentration is the ability to focus on, maintain and attend to a particular task. Children should be able to maintain a level of concentration that is appropriate for their age, one way to tell if your child is concentrating well is to compare them with their peers. The aspects of concentration are as follows:
- Following verbal and non-verbal cues,
- Ignoring any noises or visual distractions
- Staying quiet
- Sustaining attention over time
- Focusing on the relevant information
- Reading a paragraph of fictional text and asking the child to recall key information
- Maintain silenced colouring/drawing on one task for a period of time
- Discuss the importance of concentration within the context of the home and school
If you think your child has concentration difficulties, or would like to talk to an occupational therapist please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0330 223 0888