Are you worried about your child’s future because he or she can’t focus, can’t concentrate on the work they have to do?
If you have taken the ‘Why is my child underachieving?’ quiz on the home page and have eliminated ‘lack of skills, lack of motivation and ‘being a different learner’ as reasons your child underachieves you will want to consider distractibility and lack of focus as the reason.
You are not alone! Many parents tell me their child doesn’t focus on schoolwork, or put any effort into completing homework. As a result, grades go down, frustration goes up and anger and confusion reign.
Your child says schoolwork is ‘boring’ and he doesn’t see why he has to do it.
And, unfortunately, a lot of schoolwork falls into that category!
What can you do? You have probably told your child about the importance of education, offered bribes to get work completed, helped with homework all without effect. The problem doesn’t go away.
There is a reason for that.
New thinking about why people lack skills of attention and behavior regulation points to how a person’s brain works. It suggests that, over time, the connections that form within the brain solidify into certain patterns. If a child has been bored in the past – as many bright kids may have been – their brain has developed patterns that include lack of attention and self-regulation which leads to lack of focus and follow through in class.
The way to correct this behavior is to help a child rewire their brain.
This is not as difficult as it may seem.
By following my five step program you will learn simple actions that help your child re-wire his or her brain and gain control over where and when he or she pays attention and focuses on schoolwork.
What are the steps?
Based on studies by two professional ADHD workers these are the steps that work.
1.Create links between low interest activities and those that grab attention
2.Understand the triggers that lead to loss of attention
3.Change the context – no more distractions!
4.Stay on track – choose a system that works
5.Develop healthy habits – that feed your child’s brain
Trust me, no amount of cajoling, punishing, rewarding your child will lead to better skills of attention and focus.
I know. In over 35 years teaching I have tried all the ways I could think of to get bright kids to focus, do their work, and get eh results we both know they are capable of getting. Like you I was frustrated, exhausted and at my wits end knowing what to do.
Then I came across this new way of thinking about why these kids underachieve and what you can do about it!
Eureka! A solution at last. And I am excited to share this with you and to support you as you go through the process of helping your child rewire his or her brain.
When you sign up for the program you will get: