6 yr old lack of attention span.

Tania Jo - posted on 09/30/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My 6 year old daughter has no attention span.... she is always wanting to just cut/paste/draw and not sit to learn.

The teacher has now complained and I am struggling to get her to focus on anything.

Is there anyone who has had similar experiences who could give me some ideas on what to do?


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DeAnn - posted on 10/01/2012




Some kids are just like that. Hedonistic little balls of selfishness. They want to do what they want to do and it's difficult to get them to do something else. Is it really an attention thing or is it a "do what I want" thing?

If the teacher can hold her attention during instruction, but for limited periods of time, you might be dealing with something medical like ADHD or autism spectrum (Asperger's mimics ADHD in some kids).

If she's just constantly going off to do her own thing, it might be a discipline issue. What is she allowed to do/not allowed to do at home? Does she always get her way? What are your techniques for keeping her on task at home? What are her chores and what are the consequences for not doing them?

It's also possible the teacher has a classroom that's structured so activities are too long. They should be changing activities every 15-20 minutes. If she's trying to keep their attention longer than that, and she's a new teacher, your daughter is the first of many who will lose attention. Even adults can only stay attentive for 30-45 minutes.

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