How to work with children with low attention span

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Re: How to work with children with low attention span

Post by Sara5008 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:44 pm

If your child has attention problems, it might be that he requires a different type of teaching methodology that keeps him interested. This is not easy to rectify but can be done.

I heard about a conference for children with learning difficulties taking place at NTUC on 13th and 14th January. You might want to consider to attend. You could get more details from conference@alphatoomega.org

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Re: How to work with children with low attention span

Post by angeliatay » Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:59 pm

Yes, my son had been taking lessons from a teacher who is also a registered psychologist trained in teaching students with learning disability and attention deficit problem. In fact, she was also the psychologist who confirmed his dyslexia and wrote the evaluation paper that was submitted to MOE by the school to have his chinese exempted.

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Re: How to work with children with low attention span

Post by Quize » Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:09 pm

If you need answer to your question then visit mental health professional. If your child is not responding well or not speaking a word etc then it might be adhd but there are various other psychological conditionals like autism, dyslexia which are treatable so a psychologist can help you. You should check symptoms of adhd disorder first and if you found symptoms are same then do not wait. You can start here http://illnessquiz.com/adhd-test/ and then visit mental health expert for treatment. Hope i can help
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Re: How to work with children with low attention span

Post by bb_ mom » Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:17 pm

I don't actually do 15 min for each subject with short break in between. But definitely need to have breaks. It's actually very disruptive to just do 15 min each block. It takes him about 1/3 of that time to settle down in the 1st place.

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Re: How to work with children with low attention span

Post by slmkhoo » Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:25 am

My daughter had low attention span too, but has improved greatly over the years. She is still more dreamy and drifts off more than most, but has learnt to cope. When she was in preschool, even 15 mins would have been a challenge. We just started from where she was, and worked up from there. In P1, She needed short breaks every 10 mins or so, but we worked her up to 20 mins or so by P2. We supervised her closely up to about P2, but gradually taught her to self-manage. She's 17yo now, and is managing OK with homework etc. I think it's best to set a time target which your child can usually manage and begin from there.


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Re: How to work with children with low attention span

Post by bb_ mom » Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:36 am

I normally can get about 30 minutes at a stretch with a 5-minute break in between. Indie work for English takes him an hour at most. Sit-down study time with me is 1.5 hours for Math and corrections. And to work off pent-up energy, he goes down to play for 1.5 hours a day too. If he misbehaves or fails to work with me, his playtime gets cut.

Working so far but there will be days when he refuses to do anything. And that's when we struggle really hard to manage his outbursts. And on those days, I feel like tearing my hair out cos it's really tiring. And at the end of it, he'll settle down again to do his work.

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Re: How to work with children with low attention span

Post by Beatrice_NoQ » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:07 pm

30 minutes a stretch isn't too bad! I've worked with kids who have even shorter attention spans than that.. 15 minutes is already pushing it. Quite jialat. Requires a lot of patience.

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Re: How to work with children with low attention span

Post by sembgal » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:55 pm

Let the child take Omega fish oil for better concentration.

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Re: How to work with children with low attention span

Post by Littlefly » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:01 pm

Hello parents

I finally found this thread - coz I read somewhere that the worst a parent could do is denial..... Hope to get some advises/ suggestions/ recommendations here. TIA!

My boy is P1 this year. He has garnered quite a few feedback from his teachers so far - mainly for lack of attention/ focus in class. He is very fidgety or 'sharp buttocks' if you call it.

At his K2 year, he was chosen for Learning Support Program (LSP) program - identified by (I think) Behavior Therapist to be short on attention span. At parallel track, our GP referred him to see a psychologist at KKH, suspecting him to be ADHD. We did both for him - enrolled him for the LSP program and brought him to see the specialist who did not think he's ADHD. Then we got lazy and did not follow-up as doc cleared him for ADHD.

Now the same old feedback came back to 'haunt' us on his lack of attention span. Academic-wise, he's doing ok. He learns quickly and easily but I don't think he's exceptionally bright or what. Even at meal times, he don't sit still. He don't snack (not sugar rush) and I gave him fish oil (which supposedly would help).

Now, he's being observed by school counselor who don't think he's ADHD. He's just more fidgety than normal (read: the rest of class).

Should I even worry ? I don't know if bringing him to see psychologist would help as she already ruled out ADHD.

Apart from nagging him to behave, sit still, pay attention in class, I really don't know what else to do.

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Re: How to work with children with low attention span

Post by joannelim1975 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:19 am

The tutor I engaged told me that attention is really a big umbrella so we need to know what is the root cause leading to short attention span. It is hard to address attention problem alone without knowing the root cause as it will just keep coming back. I brought my kids to some private practice said to improve attention, but after several sessions, there was no significant change and it is so costly. It is till I happen to know about this tutor that I realized and learnt about attention. Now my children are still with her and I can see better improvements...

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