Parents and educators often want to know if children will need to continue training to maintain improved attention skills. The short answer is no. While every child is different, we have seen a common pattern. Here is one example:
Joey was one of our pilot users of the Attention Arcade, who started playing in June of 2020. He was a very diligent player in the first few months, so he quickly reached 20 hours of play. He saw measurable improvements on the attention assessments and his mom noticed improvements in everyday life. After about three months of play, Joey started to taper off and last played in mid-November.
In mid-March, I had the pleasure of catching up with Joey and his mom, JoAnn, for a Zoom call. JoAnn reported that Joey was continuing to take initiative at home and perform well in school even with remote schooling. You can hear from JoAnn yourself:
While Joey’s teachers said to “keep doing what you are doing,” the good news is that Joey does not need to keep training with the Attention Arcade. The attention skills he developed will stay strong because he continues to use them every day.
That is why we recommend that children train 3-5 times per week for 20-30 minutes per day until they get to 20 hours of training (3-4 months), then continue a maintenance program of 1-2 times per week for another 3 months. By then, most children will have solidified the attention skills they have developed and no longer need additional training.
If you would like to help your child or students develop attention skills that can “stick” for the long term, we offer the Attention Arcade for both home and school use. And if you have any questions about the Attention Arcade, feel free to contact us.