Why Children Have Focus Issues & the Best Managing Strategies

When it comes to attention and focus problems in children, there are several reasons why this may come about. One example is visual oversensitivity where the child might become distracted by too much vibrant color or even very bright sunlight coming into a room. You may find that a child is more sensitive to smells and can be easily distracted by stronger odors. Some children are affected by sound sensitivity and may become distracted by lower pitches than you may be hearing or even paying attention to. On the other end of the spectrum, you may find some children who are under-sensitive to these things and even if you are speaking in a normal tone, they may not be able to focus on you. In some cases, they may not even respond to touch or sound. Utilize some of these tips to hone in on the attention issues and give them they assistance they need. 


One of the best ways to start managing the issues is to minimize noise and other distractions. This will help you to identify what specific sensitivity the child is suffering from. If you remove noise and they are better able to focus, then they likely have noise sensitivity. This structured environment may be exactly what they needed.


Sometimes it may be difficult for the children to sit still for a prolonged period of time. That is why it is a good idea to break up the work with some movement. You do not have to ask the child to run around the room or stretch but simply having them get up from one location to move to another may be sufficient. 


Even if you are frustrated with how long it is taking the child to complete work, you need to break the habit of bribing them to work faster. If you say that they can go play when they are done, then they will not put as much quality effort into completing the activity. Instead, they will rush through it just to get to the finish line instead of taking the time to really work through the assignment. In the end, it helps no one in the situation and it is best to let them work through everything at their own pace.


Children, in general, are shown to have more interest when the topic is relevant to them. If you notice that your child is struggling, try to find a way to relate it to their lives. This makes it easier for them to understand and they are more likely to pay attention to what you are saying. If you notice that their attention is heightened by a subject, encourage them to talk, read, and even write about it.


Essential oils have long been used to improve and support healthy brain function, and increase focus and concentration. Essential oils have passed the test of time, as they have been in use for literally thousands of years. They have been around for so long because they work, and have been found to be safe and effective remedies. When using essential oils for focus and concentration I also want to include essential oils that are grounding and calming. When a person is ungrounded they have a hard time concentrating, it tends to be hard to get their attention and stay focused, they tend to worry, and possibly even exhibit forms of anxiety. When a person becomes grounded it becomes easier to concentrate, easier to focus on one thing at a time, your energy is more still, worry and anxiety become lessened as a person becomes more grounded.

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