Lack of concentration

3 to 7 years

Created by Swati
Updated on Jan 16, 2014

Hi all, my kid finds it difficult to concentrate on one thing, whether he is studying, playing or doing any work.   He cannot do anything continuously for even 1 hour. He is 5 years old. Please suggest.

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| Jan 17, 2014

Thanx Anurima!

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| Jan 16, 2014

Dear Shweta, one hour is a long time for a 5 year old. As Shikha has said, they have a short attention span, usually upto 20 minutes at a stretch. So do take breaks, change of activity and please do not force him to complete an activity once he seems to have lost interest. You may pick it up at a later time again. If you force him, it will only result in unnecessary stress on both your parts and him associating that activity with negative feelings... and we do not want that ;) Shikha has made some great suggestions. Thanks Shikha, your post will surely help me deal with my almost 5 year old too :)

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| Jan 16, 2014

Hi SHweta! A 5 yera old usually has attention span of 15 -20 minutes. They easily get distracted with noise, surroundings, etc. it is advisable please never scold or reprimand or control his activity levels by punishing as it is something which the child is not doing intentionally. This will do more harm than good. Secondly u need to direct his energies in right direction. Set routine wherein there is fixed time for naps, food, study, play etc. ur child shd be allowed to play alone too with toys, games, puzzles, blocks which involve time, attention, concentration. U cud appreciate the child when he shows u success in building or playing etc. this will boost his confidence and motivate him to sit longer. U cud take him to the park, observe plants, birds, grass etc. this will sharpen his observation skills plus concentration too. Wat is required is motivation, appreciation, patience and perseverance from ur side! If required u cud discuss with his teachers too and plan out strategies to improve his concentration level. Hope this helps!

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