Programmes that help kids in concentration?

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Programmes that help kids in concentration?

Postby gremlin_loh » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:07 pm

Hi fellow KS parents, have a K1 boy whom we realised require additional help on top of the PCF K1 programme. Enrolled him into the recommended schools (e.g CMA, Tsien Hsia, ICR..) to provide him the "boost" that he needs.
Tried sitting down with him daily for 1 worksheet or 2 and I realised that he has a very short attention span. Into the 2th or 3th question his eyes will start to dart all over the room, starts playing with items on the table or my watch...etc.
Anyone knows of any programmes out there that can help with a child's concentration? Thanks

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Re: Programmes that help kids in concentration?

Postby sweetbaby » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:14 pm

Maybe give him time to adjust to "table" time and provide him with motivation when necessary. My ds who will be Pri 1 next year is the same. He can drag a piece for an hour or more if he wants or complete it it efficiently. I feel its normal, there's many things a 4 or 5 year old boy rather do.

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Re: Programmes that help kids in concentration?

Postby gremlin_loh » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:27 pm

sweetbaby wrote:Maybe give him time to adjust to "table" time and provide him with motivation when necessary. My ds who will be Pri 1 next year is the same. He can drag a piece for an hour or more if he wants or complete it it efficiently. I feel its normal, there's many things a 4 or 5 year old boy rather do.


Thanks sweetbaby, you made a very good point. Shall let him adjust to table time.

Actually I don't wish to stress my boy but at the same time I realise that our educational system is not as forgiving when he goes into P1. Don't want him to be "shocked" when he enrolls in structured education ie. primary school.

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Re: Programmes that help kids in concentration?

Postby sweetbaby » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:49 pm

Agreed, i feel its also necessary that they are aware of the true nature of education in Spore. I'm gently easing my Ds into the system. I'm trying out using a timer and a set time to complete a work. Once he could complete work that could be done in ten minutes, I slowly gradually increase the time frame. Hope it works for you.

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Re: Programmes that help kids in concentration?

Postby sweetjam » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:52 pm

Maybe the child has ADD. Seek professional help from KKH or NUH child development unit.

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Re: Programmes that help kids in concentration?

Postby gremlin_loh » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:16 am

sweetjam wrote:Maybe the child has ADD. Seek professional help from KKH or NUH child development unit.


No ADD la, all these assessed by our Paediatrians already. Just need getting used to time table.

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Re: Programmes that help kids in concentration?

Postby slmkhoo » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:28 pm

gremlin_loh wrote:
sweetjam wrote:Maybe the child has ADD. Seek professional help from KKH or NUH child development unit.


No ADD la, all these assessed by our Paediatrians already. Just need getting used to time table.

I reread your original post and realised that your son is only in K1. I would say he is perfectly normal, and in the 2 yrs before he reaches P1, he will develop a 'normal' P1 attention span (which is short by adult standards). Just let him be and don't worry so much. Just continue to encourage him to do a little 'seat work' (5-10 mins at a time is good enough for this age) and read to him a lot. Also, since he already attends kindy as well as so many extra classes, maybe he just needs more activity rather than more seat work.

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Re: Programmes that help kids in concentration?

Postby Mum Needs Advice » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:06 pm

I have 2 children with very short attention span. The elder was diagnosed with Attention Deficit. The second one under my suspicion but I did not bring for any test.

Please help your child concentrate by
1. Reducing sugary foods
2. Reduce or limit use of ipads galaxy tabs mobile phone games and tv.
3. letting child do a little physical excercise before seating down to study it helps.
4, remove provide a very clean desk with few items to reduce opportunity to fiddle with things.

I hope the above helps you.

Daily I am dealing with the short attention span of my younger child. He is in primary 2, I am the policewoman catching him... to try to get him to sit down to do his work..

Sigh , can die! very tiring !

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Re: Programmes that help kids in concentration?

Postby Mum Needs Advice » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:06 pm

I have 2 children with very short attention span. The elder was diagnosed with Attention Deficit. The second one under my suspicion but I did not bring for any test.

Please help your child concentrate by
1. Reducing sugary foods
2. Reduce or limit use of ipads galaxy tabs mobile phone games and tv.
3. letting child do a little physical excercise before seating down to study it helps.
4, remove provide a very clean desk with few items to reduce opportunity to fiddle with things.

I hope the above helps you.

Daily I am dealing with the short attention span of my younger child. He is in primary 2, I am the policewoman catching him... to try to get him to sit down to do his work..

Sigh , can die! very tiring !

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Re: Programmes that help kids in concentration?

Postby joannelim1975 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:04 pm

sometimes poor concentration and attention could be due to some weakness kids may be facing such as unable to quickly differentiate words visually will reduce their attentiveness in reading? I think can try out programmes that target in finding out the root cause and try to improve these areas, attention normally improves in a way too =)

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