Lack of Concentration
Lack of Attention)
What is the problem about?
Getting distracted is normal for young
children but the same can prove to be a major problem when
they grow up and are unable to concentrate on academics and
school work. Lack of concentration among children or an
inability to focus on the task at hand is a common concern
that many parents have.
When parents teach these children, they start telling all
sorts of stories just to avoid writing or reading. If
children are left alone and asked to finish their homework
within a specified time, they just fail to meet the deadline
with not even half of the work done. On being asked to
continuously read aloud for a particular period of time,
these children just stop in the middle and parents have a
hard time reminding the children every time they stop.
Lack of concentration is often the external manifestation of
a more grave medical condition called Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
ADHD is a neurological condition characterised by
behavioural and learning disorders. ADHD children have more
difficulties with work completion, productivity, planning,
remembering things needed for school, and meeting deadlines.
Oppositional and socially aggressive behaviour is also seen
in a large number of children. ADHD is a threat to
children’s overall education.
Therefore, the tendency of children to have a lower
attention span and lose interest in an activity or object
very soon should not be taken lightly. This problem requires
to be addressed at the earliest.
Signs/symptoms to look for
- Children have more difficulties with work completion,
productivity, planning, remembering things needed for
school, and meeting deadlines.
- Children start beating about the bush just to avoid
writing or reading, when parents teach these children.
- If children are asked to finish their homework within
a specified time, they just fail to meet the deadline.
- On being asked to read aloud, these children just stop
in the middle and parents need to keep reminding the
children every time they stop.
- Making disruptive noise, leaving their seats
unexpectedly, speaking out of turn, disturbing classmates,
and not completing classwork are typical characteristics
of ADHD children.
- They are unable to sit or stand at one place for a
Being able to concentrate means that
children are able to keep their minds focussed on a task for
a reasonable period of time. The task can be reading the
paper, watching television or listening to someone talking.
The period of time does not have to be too long. Almost
everyone stops concentrating after a while — no matter what
they are doing. We all need to take a break to help re-focus
Therefore, normally the causes for lack of concentration
among children include common grounds such as fatigue,
sleepover parties and late-nights, improper diet and
unhealthy eating habits, inability of teachers and parents
to create interest in the subjects, etc.
However, heredity is considered to be the most important
cause of ADHD. Besides heredity, several other factors too
contribute towards children becoming hyperactive.
Smoking mothers have more chances of giving birth to
children affected by ADHD. Head injuries and environment
factors are other prominent cause of ADHD. A study in the UK
has found that food additives can also cause behaviour
changes in children, even in those who have no history of
Lack of concentration is both a medical
and behavioural problem and needs expert guidance. However,
parents can do a lot in reducing the evidence of ADHD.
Do not force hyperactive children to sit for a long time.
Make the children study at intervals planned by you.
Give positive reinforcement whenever hyperactive children
are quiet or under conscious direction and start a reward
system for every abidance. Create short-term goals for the
children so that they can realise more successes, and find
activities which will absorb the need to be hyperactive.
Avoid asking questions to children as to why they have not
been able to finish their homework in two hours. This does
not mean that the behaviour should be condoned. Treat such
acts as a temporary lack of self-control.
Instead, set a target to achieve within a particular time
frame and keep inquiring where the children have reached.
If the subject or topic that your children are reading is
dull, then add interesting facts from your side and ask
questions. Make it an interesting session by changing the
method from monotonous mugging to games like quizzes on the
topic or rapid fire rounds.
See to it that children are not hungry or sleepy while
studying. In case, they are make them take some snacks or a
Give children the value of ownership of the work. Let them
feel that they are studying for themselves and not
performing any duty or chore for their parents.
Tell them not to study just with the purpose of avoiding
shame or humiliation if not done well. Ask them to study for
their own benefit.
You can also team your children up with a better performer
in class. Ask your children to pick up good studying habits
and methods from such a student and set goals to slowly
reach his/her level and then beat him/her. Healthy
competition is an excellent motivator.
Invest your confidence in your children. Even if they are
not succeeding, keep telling them that you have absolute
faith in their abilities and they will do well if they try.
Do not ever humiliate or put down your children. It will be
a great loss on their self esteem.
Inculcate positive thinking in your children. Help them to
think better about themselves.
Make children learn relaxation and meditation. If their mind
gets too crowded, ask them to take a mental break. Tell them
to stop thinking about everything and meditate. They could
simply think of a calmer scene and relax their mind.
Have the children keep a chart of how many times you have
corrected them. Try role playing in a private conference.
Switch roles with the children. Let you become hyperactive
and let the children become the parents. This will allow
them to observe how their hyperactivity appears to others.
In case, you have tried all the above and still have
questions regarding your hyperactive child, you can ask for
a practical solution from Jiva. Jiva makes use of the
know-how of its expert educationists and the wisdom from
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problem. Please feel free to contact Jiva at 0129-4088152 or
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