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Advice on concentration, please.

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LaBelleDameSansPatience Wed 20-Feb-13 07:57:33

Hi. I am posting on behalf of a friend who has a five-year-old girl at school in another European country and asked me for advice. I really had no ideas, so though I would open it up to the collective wisdom on MN.

"Today was X's medical check up at school, the doctor spent about 45min with her only to conclude that all is normal but it is pity that X lacks Concentation!, she does not think before answering a question.
Is there anything we can do to help X to pay attention a little longer and to learn to think?"

wintermelonsoup Wed 20-Feb-13 09:41:45

I am in my forties now most of the time I still don’t think or not much before I answering questions. I can do with some advice as well!

senua Wed 20-Feb-13 11:38:20

I was waiting for the Expert Opinion but, in their absence, I'll wade in instead.grin
Try googling 'games to aid concentration' and you'll get several suggestions.

tethersend Wed 20-Feb-13 19:38:59

She's not in France is she by any chance?

It just sounds like a very French thing to say about a child.

Most 5yos can't concentrate for 45 mins. Perhaps the doctor was boring grin

I would ignore it if there are no other concerns.

LaBelleDameSansPatience Wed 20-Feb-13 19:41:34

Yes, in France!

tethersend Wed 20-Feb-13 19:42:23

Sorry, extrapolating my experience of France there grin

tethersend Wed 20-Feb-13 19:45:14

Pahhaaaahhaaa, x-post grin

C'est bolleaux.

LaBelleDameSansPatience Wed 20-Feb-13 20:17:11

A very worried mother, though. Not French, so not brilliant at the language, although quite competent. I must admit, I thought, she's 5, of course she can't concentrate! But presumably she is less able to concentrate than the other 5-year olds in the class.

tethersend Wed 20-Feb-13 20:43:04

Well, either she is a perfectly normal 5yo and the doctor is an arse, or she has serious attention deficit problems and the doctor should be signposting resources and specialists; since he isn't, he's an arse.

So, to conclude, Le Doctor est un derrière grin

LaBelleDameSansPatience Wed 20-Feb-13 20:54:57

Oui. She strikes me as fairly norma; with a HUUUGE determined personality. For example, in the last two years, no one has been able to persuade her into girls' clothes. Don't know much about French schools; would that be seen as interestingly eccentric or a problem?

LaBelleDameSansPatience Wed 20-Feb-13 20:55:19


SnowLeopard27 Thu 21-Feb-13 20:41:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LaBelleDameSansPatience Fri 22-Feb-13 11:05:08

Thank you, SnowLeopard. Well worth a try!

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