Get Smart, Get FOCUSSED

Learning to stay focussed and attentive is the bottom line for more than just a successful academic run, it’s also an essential life skill for your child. From social media to movies and TV, the number of distractions for the children of this generation can deter them from staying focused on what matters most for their growth and development. This gets particularly challenging as the level of difficulty increases for the students along the years. Take note of some essential ways to get your child to be more attentive and better focused:

SLEEP

Sleep is the best way to detoxify your brain and consolidate your memory. A well-rested brain is essential to improving focus. Improve the quality of your sleep by stopping any strenuous brain activity, avoid screen time 2 hours before bed and allow time to unwind.

SUPPLEMENTS

Learning difficulties and lack of focus can also be attributed to a lack of the right nutrients and accumulation of toxic metals in the body. Scientific tests like hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) can reveal information such as mineral deficiencies/excessed as well as toxic metal exposure. A balanced mineral level such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron are important nutrients to supplement brain functions.

ENVIRONMENT AND LIFESTYLE

While studying, ensure that children keep a clean and tidy workstation to reduce distractions and improve focus. Accentuate your child’s life by advocating practices such as deep breathing and ample physical exercise. It also helps to stray them away from indulging in too many gadgets and gaming habits.

SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP

To ensure that you are targeting the necessary needs for your child, you could even seek professional help to determine any neurological causes for inattentiveness. QEEG brain mapping is an effective tool used by experts to gain more insights on such issues.

BRAIN EXERCISE USING NEUROFEEDBACK

For a novel approach, you should also consider neurofeedback. Many researches have shown that doing neurofeedback can help in coping with stress, improve IQ, improve emotional regulation, enhance memory and enable one to focus and concentrate better. This can help students and working adults enhance their performance and improve their quality of life. Neurofeedback is also commonly applied in conditions such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and other learning difficulties.

The American Academy of Paediatrics has recommended neurofeedback training for children with ADHD. In Singapore, a pilot study to test efficacy of neurofeedback on children with ADHD was conducted by IMH Singapore. Improvements intervention group were observed.

PROS TO NEUROFEEDBACK

  • Safe, non-invasive
  • Scientific basis-operant conditioning
  • Backed by enormous research
  • Produces results

Quoted from an educational source.

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