Increasing Child's Attention Span

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  1. adminenforums

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    Increasing your child's attention span is a very slow process but well worth your time and effort. It is not accomplished overnight but is something that can be gradually accomplished. The age of your child will determine what type of activities you will use to increase his attention span. For toddler-age children, playing quietly by themselves is a good behavior to use. For older school-age children, school work and reading can be utilized. Use a behavior or several behaviors that your child likes and is enjoyable to him when your first begin.

    1) Determine how long your child is now playing or engaging in any specific behavior (coloring, playing quietly, reading). This may be a very short amount of time (1 to 5 minutes).
    2) Pick a time each day to work on this. Your child will need the structure of a specific time each and every day to work on increasing his attention span to make the process easier.
    3) You will want to begin by instructing your child to engage in the behavior you have chosen (for example, playing quietly) for an amount of time you feel certain he can do (maybe 5 minutes). Set a portable kitchen timer for that amount of time.
    4) Praise your child very briefly (you don't want to distract him) as often as possible during this time.
    5) If you child engages in the activity for the specified amount of time, praise and reward him. This can be done by spending 5 to 10 minutes playing with him, reading a story, or giving snacks. Tell him how proud you are, etc.
    6) Gradually increases the time. The amount of time will depend on your child. Try 3 to 4 days each time, to begin with. You may need to stay on one-time length for more than 3 to 4 days depending on your child's progress. Don't lengthen the time until your child is doing well at the shorter period.
    7) If your child is enjoying these quiet types of activities at any other time during the day be sure to praise him often.
    8) If your child has tantrums before or during the time you are working on this behavior, place him in time-out. After the time-out is over, instruct him again to engage in the activity. Praise getting started and trying. Make this as pleasant as possible but do not give in to the tantrum by allowing your child to get out of working for specified time.
    9) Equally important is modeling the kind of behavior you expect our child to exhibit. For example, if you would like your child to read more. it's very important that he see you enjoying reading. Don't make the mistake of "waiting until the kids are in bed" to do your reading.
    10) You will have to provide praise and recognition for your child's appropriate behavior as long as he resides at home.

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