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My ds is having a hard time in school right now. This is not really anything new, he's struggled with distractions since kindergarten and is now in the 2nd grade. It's also nothing that I haven't noticed at home, so he's consistent if nothing else.<br><br>
His biggest difficulty is blocking out distractions (what the other kids are doing, primarily). It's not just when he's trying to do schoolwork, it's whenever he's supposed to be following instructions of any kind. He's even admitted that he is sometimes very hungry after lunch because he talks so much to the other kids that he forgets to eat. I don't think it's a medication kind of situation. No one else has ever mentioned it and he can concentrate when motivated or when left alone.<br><br>
I'm really looking for any exercises, games, or anything I can do with him to help him learn to block out distractions. He already had a fairly low sugar diet but as of today we are cutting out all processed sugar for one month to see if it makes a difference. He's never shown any food sensitivities to anything else that I'm aware of.<br><br>
What else can we do for him? His teacher is being very supportive and is very open to our input. The classroom is not very conducive to isolation but she tries to keep his more distracting friends away from him. I'd really like to help him learn to concentrate on his own. Any ideas/feedback is greatly appreciated!
 

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Have you tried enrolling him in Karate? My ds has incredible focus ability most of the time from taking it. It really has taught him how to focus his mind. He is not perfect but he is usually able to pay attention in class. He has also missed out on lunch due to being chatty.
 

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Thank you! He's been in martial arts since July. He loves it so I'm hoping it'll help in the long run. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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A friend of mine (who is a teacher) just told me that a child can focus on a task for their age, plus two minutes. So, 9 minutes for a 7 year old. Maybe break up tasks into 9 minute increments, set a timer, focus, then take a break. I might try it with my son for homework after school.<br><br>
Good luck,<br>
Kathleen
 

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I have the same issues with my daughter and I talked with a therapist about ADD. She said that they can usually focus on something they really enjoy...doesnt mean they dont have ADD. Having said that I still wouldn't advocate medicating there are too many negative side effects. A couple of things for school are a structured environment where there aren't kids playing right next to him when he is spose to be doing something where concentrating is essential. Also if he can be situated where there is less stimuli if possible. My daughter loves to talk so the teacher last year had to move her seat several times and sit her next to kids who didnt talk so much. Maybe if the teacher could set him at a seperate table during tests. It helps also to make sure they look you in the eyes when you are giving directions and have them repeat it back to you. As for lunch maybe a note in his bag or pocket reminding him to eat first/talk later. I do think that activites help and when they get old enough to do more sports etc.
 
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