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 Nemo

Parents 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 Involved

If 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.
A day-to-day calendar of activities and learning is a helpful tool
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

Make lunch in advance of school days to avoid rushing

Plan Ahead

Kids 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

Positive Parenting

As parents, we often focus on our child’s shortcomings. Instead of, ‘I can’t believe you lost your lunchbox again!’ reward your child with positive language when they remember to bring it home. Celebrate the small victories by embracing positive parenting strategies to foster your child’s life skills. Get involved, plan ahead, and acknowledge your child’s smallest achievements to teach them that, while overcoming hurdles, they can and will find their own path to success. 

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