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nicename Mon 14-Oct-13 08:18:55

This takes me back to my primary 5 teacher:
"Ahye cann-not ahbide fiddlers!' (thick morningside accent).

I like 'mentally AWOL'. I'm actually the same.

throckenholt Mon 14-Oct-13 07:59:22

By the way - I read somewhere that fiddling with a toy is actually helpful to concentration - giving their fingers something to do allows the brain to focus on other stuff. Not sure if that really works or not with mine - all 3 of mine fiddle with stuff - but I am never sure if it is helping or hindering concentration.

throckenholt Mon 14-Oct-13 07:57:25

I often ponder where the on off switch is - because it would be brilliant to be able to switch on at a given point in time when needed.

I don't think it is uncommon though - so maybe we need to start a self help group - for parents of kids who go mentally AWOL smile

I often feel sorry for teachers - how do they cope with these kids at school ?!

WaitingForMe Mon 14-Oct-13 07:56:11

The fiddling jumped out at me. It might be worth looking through a checklist of symptoms for dyspraxia.

nicename Mon 14-Oct-13 07:46:14

Wouldn't it be lovely to be able to 'switch' it on? I'm sure there's a way, if only we could find it!

throckenholt Mon 14-Oct-13 07:43:11

I have another one like that - he is 12 now. When he concentrates he can do most things easily - but he is often off in his own little world. You can look at him and tell straight away that he isn't there. No idea how to deal with it to be honest.

We home ed so the most common thing I say to him is "concentrate !". If he were at school he would likely be in trouble with teachers a lot because he would rarely have any idea what they were supposed to be doing because he wasn't listening.

I'm hoping he will learn to focus when he sees the need.

nicename Mon 14-Oct-13 07:34:14

He can sit and read for ages - but often he will do it whilst fiddling with a toy or puzzle!

MagratGarlik Sun 13-Oct-13 23:31:10

My ds1 is 8.5 years. He is very bright, but can't concentrate for long. I'm assured by DM (a primary teacher) that this is normal for boys of this age. I'm not worrying about exams yet (he's too young), but he does do karate which has appeared to help his concentration (a little).

lljkk Sun 13-Oct-13 19:38:43

Does he ever hyperfocus or is he always scatty?

nicename Sun 13-Oct-13 12:03:54

He just can't concentrate for more than five minutes.

He has two modes - either work is easy/he enjoys it and he doesn't have to try (he is very good at maths) or he is in his own little world (so will drag out his science project work only to realise he hasn't read the question and done completely the wrong thing).

He has some talent at raquet sports. His coach said 'my god, he really is very good - when he concentrates...'.

Can you teach a child focus and concentration? He is usually trying to do/think about lots of things at once.

I have very little focus myself whereas his dad is like a bloody terrier. Either extreme isn't great, is it?

Is there a way to 'teach' him concentration? I'm worried about when he has to sit exams and will just get bored after two minutes stare out of the window.

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