Friday, December 9

Tips for children who find it difficult to concentrate

More and more often it happens that children struggle to concentrate, thanks to the multiple stimuli that come from outside. In most cases, it is not a disturbance, but a simple trend that can be countered by focusing on a relaxing environment, on proper nutrition and the innate curiosity of children.

The propensity to get distracted in children could cause more apprehensive parents to worry. However, it is almost always a simple contingent situation that can be resolved with a few tricks and a little patience.

We talk about it with Doctor Christian Zanon, neuropsychologist, author of the book “ADHD – Hyperactivity and inattention in children. A medical or educational problem?” ( Arkadia Editore ).

Don’t overestimate the problem

Parents often tend to blame the excessive brightness or difficulty in concentrating on a disorder as the ‘ ADHD syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

However, the percentage of children suffering from this disorder is very low: «The problem can exist when excessive vivacity and inability to concentrate occur in multiple environments, at home, at school, in sports, by grandparents, when a child systematically takes low grades and never stops – explains Zanon -. L ‘ ADHD is an over-diagnosed disease, many parents think that their child will suffer: tranquillizziamoci, a child who talks a lot and runs it is perfectly normal, and not make confusion between learning and education. “

Help the child to concentrate

Often a few precautions are enough to help the child concentrate.

AN APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENT. «One of the most important things is to create a relaxing environment, you cannot expect the child to concentrate with his little brother crying, the TV or radio on, the mobile phone on the table. It is necessary to recreate a silent environment where he can study and do his homework, always the same, because children are very methodical ».

THE RIGHT CHARGE. « Secondly, the child must be motivated by making the study interesting, pleasant, not a constraint; if he has difficulty staying close to him and helping him, even to find stimuli that can satisfy him, tickling his curiosity, looking for something that will thrill him. This means educating the child: bringing out what he has inside ».

No to a punitive answer

HAVE PATIENCE. “We try to deepen the situation – advises the doctor -. Often the problem is that we don’t have patience. Children behave as we think they should behave, and they are easily suggestible: if I begin to tell my son that he is hyperactive, he will be happy to show that the thesis is right.

DON’T CHAPTER. « Children must be stimulated, not punished: punishment is not needed. Repeating to a child who cannot do things, stigmatizes and harms him. We, adults, tend to never cause the cause of a problem to fall on us, looking for external causes. We must learn to question ourselves with our children: nobody is perfect, we can improve. Parents, first of all, must be motivated »