My nephew, Ty, is training with the Attention Arcade. He is one of our best QA testers because he is happy to call Uncle Jeff to let me know if he sees anything in the Attention Arcade that he suspects is not working properly. And, I am always happy to hear from him 🙂
Recently, Ty started wearing contacts to compensate for his astigmatism. One morning, Ty was struggling to get his contact in because he could not hold his eyes steady, probably because he was a little hyped up. My sister-in-law tried to help but failed to get the contact in.
So, she had Ty play the Attention Arcade for 10 minutes. After the training session, Ty was able to hold his eye steady and get the contact in. Why would attention training help?
The research is clear that exercise helps children better maintain attention. In the near-term, it helps children “burn off energy” so they can sit and focus better. Regular exercise also provides longer term benefits of overall brain health and improved attention skills.
Attention training with the Attention Arcade is a form of exercise where players learn to better control their eye movements while strengthening a range of attention skills. It is work to learn to better control your eyes which naturally make 3-4 eye movements per second. After playing for 20-30 minutes, you can actually feel some tiredness in the muscles around the eyes.
By exercising his eye movement and attention systems, Ty was able to burn off some of that excess energy and hold his eyes still.
If you would like your child or students to get more exercise that helps to strengthen attention skills, consider using the Attention Arcade. And remember, any kind of exercise helps with attention in the near- and long-term.