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When a child is having trouble staying on task at school there are a number of possible reasons why this could be happening. Some children may have medical problems such as ADHD, while others may have some form of anxiety. Others may be bored with current schoolwork and are in need of more of a challenge. The best way to learn how to improve a child’s focus at school is to get to the root of the problem.
Have your child assessed by a professional. Take him to his pediatrician for a checkup. Have there been major changes in your household recently? Often there are psychological or emotional stressors when a child has an inability to focus. You can try talking to your child about what is going on with him. If that does not work, getting child or family counseling can reduce stress and help your child to focus better. A professional counselor can also help rule out substance abuse, depression, clinical anxiety or other factors that may be affecting your child’s school performance and outlook.
As a parent, you really need to have a good understanding of your child’s capabilities. Your child may need something more from his school experience. He may be lacking in the academic skills or abilities needed to succeed at his grade level or he may need to have access to more advanced work. The teacher and the school need to work at getting your son assessed and assisted with his learning needs. Talk to your child’s teachers about the areas where he is having problems.
There are things you can do on your own at home. Kids need structure and supervision, and they need somebody looking in on them who will hold them accountable. Put effort into helping your child manage his homework, even if he seems resistant to your help. Do not assume he understands everything on his own, check in to see how things are going. To help your son, break down tasks, encouraging him to work on and f finish one step at a time. This will reduce your anxiety and his.
Remember, to maintain their motivation, everyone needs to be rewarded now and then. Use praise and positivity to keep your son excited and interested. Children learn better when they get positive responses to their learning efforts.
You might want to consider a reward chart. Ask your child to think of things they would like to do with you, and then make that a monthly goal. For each homework assignment completed, your child could get a sticker or star that can be added up to get a treat: a new book, a trip to the park or museum, a bike ride or a family movie night.
Find the strengths in your child, and work to support and encourage them.
With time and assistance, your child should be able to get back on track and in all likelihood he will bounce back at school.
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