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It is the war that many parents have with their children (not counting that of food, that of mobile phone use or that of sleep): getting them to listen to us and pay attention to us. It is very common for children to spread out and not be attentive to the tasks they have to do. If your child is one of those who "is always in the clouds" and who has trouble concentrating, take note of six fun games that you can do at home with children with attention difficulties!
It is common to hear the words 'attention deficit' and even 'attention deficit disorders' at school, but it is important to know how to differentiate and not confuse these two concepts.
The disorder is permanent and requires specialized care (psychologists, speech therapists, psychopedagogues ...). Instead, the word 'difficulty' refers to improvable skills, of a non-permanent nature, and that can be changed with good training.
But, before labeling something or someone with the word 'disorder', it will be important to go to a specialized therapist, who will be the person in charge of carrying out the relevant tests and who can guide us in the best options for specialized training.
Once the differences between attention disorder and difficulty are known, we are going to discuss this second concept. For the latter case, we tell you more about possible easy and fun workouts to do at home. But first, we propose a small list to detect indicators of attention difficulty and / or suspicion of a significant difficulty that requires a specialized assessment. These could be five typical indicators of attention difficulty:
1. It is easy for you to be distracted by any stimulus (noise, object, etc.)
2. Easily forget homework, assignments, and even exams
3. Quite disorganized, you lose tasks and your presentation can be improved
4. Is generally clueless and daydreaming
5. Finds it difficult to concentrate and finish tasks
It is important to remember that the professionals in charge of assessing whether the difficulty may be caused by a disorder will be specialized clinical therapists. But, before going to these indicators, they can help you to solve basic doubts and, above all, to alert you that the child may have a problem
You can also ask for a tutorial with the child's teacher and exchange impressions. It will be a way of discovering if this attention difficulty occurs only at home or, also, at school.
Next, we will provide you with the list of the main funniest games to train from home and easier to find in libraries, downloadable internet files on platforms and even with applications (many of them free).
In either case, it will be important to choose an appropriate level for your child, being important to start at a more affordable level and, little by little, motivate him to increase his level of difficulty and speed in the activity.
1. Maze games
The main thing about this activity is that the little one does not let go of the pencil at any time and that he is able to keep his gaze from the beginning of the maze to the end.
2. Find the differences games
This proposal is, in addition to fun and entertaining, a way for the child to pay attention to the drawing shown. The most important thing is to focus on the small details, which is where the key to this exercise is usually.
3. Category games
All those games that require classifying and ordering by categories (size, color, shape, animal, object, etc.) will be useful. An idea that we throw at you from here: work on the human body and have the child make groups by names of muscles, bones or vital organs.
4. Word search games
Searching for a word among large amounts of letters will also require not being distracted visually. You can even make them yourself at home with some of the concepts they are learning at school. For example, if they are learning the names of the cities in your country. This will serve as a refresher!
5. Memory games or memory
Remembering the placement and image of two tiles among a large number will also be a fun and useful training. And for the elderly it will be great to keep the mind active!
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6. Repeat games
What is your little one's favorite song? And that of your sister / or? Yours? Daddy's? Humming, singing, repeating, and remembering song lyrics can be a great auditory memory workout. Another very fun option is to repeat the numbers without making mistakes and even try to recite them as a countdown.
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