As we continue our exploration of Executive Function - let's get FOCUSED!
Interestingly enough, the study indicated children's math or reading scores at ages 7 or 21 did not significantly predict whether or not they completed college. Instead, it was the child's ability to pay attention, focus and persist on a task at age 4 that increased the odds of completing college.
And it makes sense.
The skills of attention and focus - or concentration - are tasks that we must use everyday in our lives. Whether we're completing an assignment for work, preparing dinner for a family, training for an athletic event -or even writing an article on encouraging child development each month - we use these skills to initiate, maintain and complete the task before us.
As with all of our Executive Function skills, focus and attention can be improved.
Here are some ideas to encourage development of these skills with the kids you love.
(helps kids listen and pay attention to the other person whose turn it is to be talking)
2. Take turns playing games.
(helps kids focus on what's happening in the game and when't it's time for their turn)
3. Include memory-challenging games.
(any double-pictured deck of cards or the vast assortment of memory board games will do)
4. Play Follow the Leader.
(requires kids to pay attention to another person's movements as well as the space around them)
5. Put together a puzzle.
(helps kids to intentionally focus on specific task)
6. Take a sensory walk and focus on listening or watching.
(helps kids focus on one sense at a time)
As always, whatever you do to encourage your child to increase their ability to focus and learn- make sure it's great FUN!