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Back To School

Help my child concentrate

Getting children to get back into school mode after a long holiday break can be challenging for many parents and teachers.

Here are some simple tips and games to help you improve your child’s concentration.

1 Limit electronic games especially in the evening as these can increase brain activity which effects concentration.

2 Encourage board games and card games which require and so improve concentration.

3 Encourage your child to listen to the Relax Kids Concentration CD each night. https://relaxkids.com/product/concentration/ 

4 For younger children read them a story and ask questions so checking their concentration levels.

5 Play memory games such as Shopping List where your child as to remember and concentrate

6 Make sure your child has plenty of time outside and in nature as this can improve concentration.

7 Consider decorating your child’s room or at least adding something green to create an atmosphere of calm and concentration.

8 Healthy eating can make a huge impact on your child’s concentration. Increase berries and ensure they have a balanced healthy diet.

Here are some exercises to help children develop their concentration

Spot Exercise: Make a spot on the wall with a sticker or ask children to focus on a spot. It needs to be at eye level. Make sure children are about 10 inches away from the spot and let them concentrate on it for a few minutes. Encourage children to breathe deeply as they focus on the spot.

Concentrate on the Within: Lie down and thoroughly relax your muscles. Concentrate on the beating of your heart. Do not pay any attention to anything else. Think how this great organ is pumping the blood to every part of the body; try to actually picture the blood leaving the great reservoir and going in one stream right down to the toes. Picture another going down the arms to the tips of the fingers. After a little practice you can actually feel the blood passing through your system.

Clock watching: Ask children to sit in front of a clock with a second hand. They have to stay as still as possible and follow the second hand with their eyes as it goes round and think of nothing but the watching the second hand. See who can concentrate on the second hand the longest.

Don’t forget the Relax Kids https://relaxkids.com/product/concentration/ CD