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Typically, we move our eyes 3-4 times per second. This is typically done unconsciously, just like our breathing. When we ask players to be conscious of their eye movements, it takes a lot of focus and self-control for them to do it (two skills we are trying to train).
When children start playing, particularly if they have significant attention challenges, the games can be very tiring. That is why we recommend that they start with just 10 minutes of play per day for the first week. They need to build up to 30 minutes of daily training.
The good news is because it is done in a video game rather than just like exercises, children find it fun. (Typically not as fun as Fortnite or other really popular games, but fun nonetheless.) However, it is unlikely you will ever have to set a timer for your child to be done playing the Attention Arcade. They are ready to call it quits after 30 minutes because their eyes are tired.
When you can find a video game that can help your child build a skill, it can be a powerful tool. It is a lot more fun than other things they can do to build attention skills and compared to medication, they are building skills that will help them for a lifetime.
If your child could benefit from improved attention skills, it is worthwhile for you to seriously consider the Attention Arcade and how it can fit into your child’s routine. It is not easy to fit in training for 20-30 minutes per day for many families, but it is a lot easier with a video game than other types of training.
Your child could start to see improvements in as little as 4 weeks and start to see significant improvements in just 8 weeks.
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