Five simple tips to develop focus at home

Posted by Dr. G. in Articles on Fri, Jan 20, 2012

While working with children, I hear parents say all the time that my child can’t focus…I wish they could learn to focus or my child does well at school, however he/she has to work extra hard because they have problems staying focused. Paying attention or focusing is like any other skill, it can be taught, and with practice, it can be applied at will.

Here are five simple tips to be used at home to begin to develop the skill of focus.

1) Always have your children look at you when you are speaking to them. If they are looking at you, chances are they are listening to you and focusing on you.

2) Have them echo back directions.  This will ensure that they have heard you and understood you. This is also a check to be sure that they were listening to you the whole time, especially if you were giving them multiple tasks to perform.

3) Establish homework routines, bed time routines and meal time routines to establish good habits and organization.  Children have a tendency to focus better with daily routines.

4) Have your children exercise daily.  When you exercise, the body releases chemicals to keep the mind sharp and focused.

5) Ensure that your children get the proper amount of sleep. This helps keep the mind sharp and focused.  These few simple exercises will go a long way to establish the skill of focus.

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About Michael Garant

EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND Michael J. Garant received his Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and subsequently went on to earn his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Garant went onto to further his training in the study of obesity diabetes & Aging at the National Institutes of Health and at the University of Maryland, where he was an Assistant professor. He has been fortunate through all his years of science training and research to train young adults and foster their interests in the sciences. This makes him a uniquely qualified instructor to communicate with young individuals. Dr. Garant is currently the director at SmartCoach and he strongly believes in family values, and is a strong proponent of education, which is reflected in his history and the SmartCoach programs he teaches. PERSONAL BACKGROUND I have a Second Dan Black Belt from the world renowned Jhoon Rhee Institute of Tae Kwon Do. Had the privilege and good fortune of training under many fine instructors, especially Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, the "Father of American Tae Kwon Do" and originator of the Jhoon Rhee Institute of Tae Kwon Do. I have refined my teaching skills in the Jhoon Rhee system to instruct children and adults. Successful in helping children with anger management, confidence, respect, and focus issues. And has helped these students succeed at school and at home. They began to show initiative at home by taking charge of their chores and keeping their rooms clean. Furthermore, these students chose to make their home work a priority over video and computer games, which lead to better grades. Dr. Garant has also had the privilege of training special needs individuals, such as ADHD and developmentally challenged children and adults. He has enabled these students to become successful in the classroom and in life. Dr. Garant has instructed adults with confidence and weight management issues. He helped these individuals achieve their goals. His years in academics and in the Jhoon Rhee system, make him an ideal candidate to instruct children at SmartCoach to help them achieve their true potential in life. I enjoy working out, and anything that enables me to connect with family, friends and my curious mind for grounding and sense of being. I am calm, balanced and realistic; yet I can be intensely fiery and have a laser-like focus. All in all, I am goal seeking, energetic and insatiably curious.

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