Hopefully your child is now playing the Attention Arcade games every day for 20 minutes. We know from experience that that is not always as easy as it sounds.
The Attention Arcade trains attention so the more attention challenges a child has, the more challenging the first few game play sessions may be.
From a parent: “Ella’s eye just bounce all around the screen. We thought it was the tracker but her brother tried and had no trouble at all. It’s really tiring for her, she can only manage about 10 minutes right now.”
Don’t give up.
If your child finds it challenging, 10 minutes a day for the first week is a great way to start. The long game is more important than hitting that 20-minute mark the first week. It does get easier… and quickly!
Some strategies we’ve seen that are successful:
Create a habit. Sometimes, it is just hard to make sure your child plays every day. So, it is good to create a habit by tying it to something else they do everyday (e.g. play as soon as you finish breakfast) or at a specific time every day.
Follow the schedule. Print out this training schedule to show your child how they should be training each day. Sometimes, clear expectations are enough to get them playing regularly.
Tie it to a preferred activity. Make it a step before they get to do something they enjoy. For example, they need to play for 20 minutes before they get any other screen time.
Reward consistent play. Set a reward for when they play 5 days in a row (this is often a big milestone for children who have challenges with eye control) or a specific total time, which is tracked in the game suite.