The best way to help a child who is easily distracted is to give him one-on-one help. Sit with your child every night. Help him follow a daily schedule. Also try these suggestions:
Help your child get organized. Keep school supplies in one place. Make a file for each subject.
Make “to do” lists each day. Include school and non-school tasks. Have your child check off each task as he completes it.
Time your child’s work sessions. Set a timer for a short time—say two to five minutes. Gradually increase the time until he can concentrate for 30 minutes. Take one-minute breaks between timings.
Give nonverbal cues. Simply raise your hand. Or point to his assignment when you see your child has lost focus.
Play calming music. Put on soft classical or “New Age” music during rest time. Also see if music can help your child block out distractions while studying.
Use breathing exercises to help your child relax and focus. Have him breath in and out slowly five to 10 times.
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