Today’s children no longer know how to listen. And to complain about the lack of ability to pay attention when talking and explaining are first of all the teachers, who from kindergarten , and then continue to primary , point the finger at a gap, that of concentration, on whose emptiness they should work first. the parents. Right from the walls of the house.
We talked about it with Matteo Rampin, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, author of the book How not to fail at school (Salani Editore), to let us reveal useful tips and tricks to be implemented immediately. Because a more attentive child learns sooner and better. Here they are, divided by age group.
- Turn off the television , or at least make use of it as limited as possible if you really cannot exclude it from the life of the little ones;
- Ensure the child the right amount of sleep at night and possibly in the afternoon, respecting the needs of each child (which are very variable from one to another);
- Avoid responding immediately to the requests of the little ones, but instead teach them to wait, to tolerate waiting; if you are unable to wait, you cannot keep your attention focused on something;
- Offer the children one toy at a time and when the child gets bored, avoid giving him another one immediately as an alternative, but leave him the first one in order to allow him to experiment with all possible uses. Basically, making sure that he himself discovers or invent other uses of the same toy. A room full of toys leads the little one to go continuously from one type of stimulus to another, without fully exploring the things of the reality that surrounds him. Better to rotate the child’s toys, put some away and take them out only when others have been put away with which he was playing until recently;
Encourage activities with a strong rhythmic connotation, such as music , dance (even done just for fun), or walking in line marking the pace. The “rhythm” factor gives regularity to the mental organization.