A mom shared with me that after 3 months of training she saw three big improvements:
Task initiation – her son started and followed through on his chores much more consistently.
Reduced distractibility – he was able to maintain better focus on his schoolwork (being done at home) even when his siblings were making noise or playing.
Nicer to his younger brother – while her older son had previously fought with his brother, he was now being much nicer and even offering to help him.
While the first two improvements seemed to be in line with improving attention skills, she admitted that she was surprised by him being nicer. And while the change is not directly related to improving attention skills, they play a role.
When a child has weak attention skills, it takes a lot of effort to stay focused. After a full day of working hard to stay focused and on task, it can be exhausting. He is more likely to lash out or need alone time. If we can strengthen attention skills, everyday executive functioning becomes much easier. So, he has more capacity to stay on task and can be more empathetic. This can provide him with the capacity to be nicer to those around him, even a little brother.
A child with better attention skills can read for longer stretches, work through more complex math problems, and plan projects that require multiple steps over time without the effort causing exhaustion and frustration.
If you would like to reduce the cognitive workload of attention for your child or students, consider using the Attention Arcade. With better attention skills, they can perform better academically and they might even be a little (or a lot) nicer. Wouldn’t that make 2021 a better year!?!