Empower Your Distracted Child
Celebrating Small Victories“I forget things almost instantly. It runs in my family… well, at least I think it does.”
— Finding NemoParents are frequently frustrated, and often at a loss, when faced with the reality that their child is forgetful, disorganised, or easily distracted. Whether daydreaming, moving around constantly, or unable to pay attention, such actions cause parents to feel helpless in their capacity to aid their child. For kids who struggle with diagnosed (or undiagnosed) attention and focus disorders, recognising and managing symptoms to achieve academic and personal success is critical. These tips will keep kids on track:
Get InvolvedIf your child’s knapsack is unkempt, if you’re making endless trips to the lost and found, or if your child is constantly panicked and studying at 10 p.m. the night before a math test, such challenges are best-addressed when parents actively provide executive functioning support of their child’s unique needs. Meet with teachers early on to implement assistive devices (tablets, laptops, online schedulers), fidget toys, and kinesthetic gadgets. Share a calendar with your child, and follow-up with teachers regularly to avoid panic situations. Put supports in place early, so kids feel more in control of their organisational skills.
Share a calendar with your child, and follow-up with teachers regularly to avoid panic situations
Plan AheadKids who struggle to be attentive succeed best when they know what to expect. A wall calendar in a visible place, and scheduling weekly check-ins will prepare them for the coming days. Avoid forgetfulness and stressful mornings by packing bags and lunches, and preparing their clothes in advance of the school day. Also, encourage your child to keep a bullet journal of important information, so they can plan their to-dos.
Avoid forgetfulness and stressful mornings by packing bags and lunches