kids playing attention arcade

Our daughter struggled, with a capital S, in middle school.  It made me remember the soul crushing awkwardness of that age, the confusion of higher expectations, the need for social acceptance, the loneliness of exclusion, the fear of being less-than.  Yep!  Middle school is hard for lots of people. 

cartwheels

Our daughter struggled, with a capital S, in middle school.  It made me remember the soul crushing awkwardness of that age, the confusion of higher expectations, the need for social acceptance, the loneliness of exclusion, the fear of being less-than.  Yep!  Middle school is hard for lots of people. 

kids gaming

Our daughter struggled, with a capital S, in middle school.  It made me remember the soul crushing awkwardness of that age, the confusion of higher expectations, the need for social acceptance, the loneliness of exclusion, the fear of being less-than.  Yep!  Middle school is hard for lots of people. 

teens giving thumbs up

Why impulse control requires better attention skills.

Does your child call out in class, cry more easily than other children, have tantrums, and other outbursts? These are all signs of underdeveloped impulse control. Frequently these behaviors are addressed from a discipline or behavioral management perspective. What if it is actually executive function and self-regulation delays that are the culprit?  

Attention is a strong indicator of a student’s success in the classroom and likelihood of completing college. Research also indicates that reading and math outcomes correlate with attention scores. Those children with a limited ability to pay attention struggle academically (and anecdotally, socially) over time even with tutoring and other interventions. 

Attention and Teenagers

8 seconds. Multiple sites on the internet state that a teenager’s attention span is 8 seconds… and that the attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds. Dig a little deeper and you find that this is an urban myth. (Just goes to show that you can’t believe everything on the internet… you have to know your sources.)

Attention Training and schools

So, why does attention really matter in your child’s life? Intuitively, most parents and teachers recognize that children need to pay attention to learn something or follow instructions. However, attention is more foundational than that. For example, attention is needed to sustain appropriate focus on a task.

For both teachers and students, paying attention can be especially challenging during the coronavirus crisis as it upends what everyone is used to. It is a lot harder for students to pay attention on Zoom than during in-person classes (a distraction is only a click away) and teachers are still getting comfortable with the new way of teaching.

Boys and ballet - Attention and boys

What do Training attention, boys and ballet have in common? 

In 4th grade, I started playing basketball in large part because I was tall for my age. By 6th grade, I was 6’3” and towered over my classmates. Growing so quickly created a lot of awkwardness. I “lost” the ability to do a layup and often tripped over my own feet. It was a painful stage that just took time to overcome.

Bedtime routines - Working Memory

One of the great joys I have is talking with parents whose children are using the Attention Arcade. Recently, I spoke with JoAnn, whose son has been using the Attention Arcade very diligently (20+ minutes nearly everyday) for three weeks.