Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to talk with Jaden and his mom about their experience with the Attention Arcade. Jaden has been playing pretty consistently since May and has played more than 20 hours.
Jaden’s mom said they had seen improvements in his attention (which was expected) and his patience (which was unexpected). Why would patience improve after attention training?
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, they are exhausted. As with most people, they are less likely to be patient when they are tired and worn out. If they can strengthen attention skills, everyday executive functioning becomes much easier. So, Jaden likely has more capacity to stay on task and can be more patient.
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 with less effort. That leaves them more energy for other things, including patience.
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) more patient.
When children have the right combination of reading skills and attention, they can become more fluent readers. As mentioned in the video, Jack is a voracious reader now. Isn’t that what we want for more children?