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Children and Focus: How to Help and What to Watch For

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If you have a child who has difficulty concentrating, consider incorporating a meditation practice into his daily routine. Meditation is the most effective way to increase focus and concentration.

There are many studies that indicate that when you enter an alfa state through meditation, the brain rests or relaxes. As a result, your child’s anxiety and stress level will go down, thus increasing focus and concentration. Also, teaching your child to meditate has the added advantage of helping him learn to self-manage his stress and anxiety, therefore, supporting his ability and capacity to both focus and concentrate.

Meditation is a wonderful tool that can help your child focus more in all areas of his life, not only academic, but also sports, emotional health, friendship and family relationships. And finally, consistent meditation has been shown to throw more blood to the prefrontal cortex for better executive function, while reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which when overproduced can alter brain architecture and impulse control.

When It’s More Than Just Lack of Focus

While most toddlers and young children are afforded some allowance in their lack of being able to focus for long periods of time, for some children, it goes deeper than a simple inability to concentrate. If you suspect that your child has ADD or ADHD, you should first have him see a medical professional for a neurological work up as well as a medical assessment. Each child is an individual but some general things to look for in your child include:

  1. Talking a lot
  2. Daydreaming
  3. Having problems focusing
  4. Staying on track
  5. Remembering instructions
  6. Keeping track of his possessions
  7. Completing homework
  8. Sometimes careless
  9. Sometimes impulsive
  10. On the other hand, if your child does not have these symptoms then they may simply be dealing with stress, anxiety, or emotional issues related to friends, school, or family.

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