3 main reasons behind your child’s lack of attention
Reason #1 – Mismatch learning styles
Often, the distractions are environmental or outside distractions that are unique to your child’s individual learning style. Different students have different learning styles: some learn best by seeing, some by hearing, and others by doing. If your child’s teacher emphasizes a learning style that doesn’t match with how your child learns, this can result in a lack of focus and understanding. For example, if your child is a visual learner and they are reading a very boring book with no pictures, maybe they need more visual stimulation to draw their attention. Or maybe your child is an auditory learner and your house is noisy and they can’t stay focused.
According to Dr. Carly Hannaford, neuroscientist, and educator, up to 85% of students are kinesthetic. This little fact changes everything. Dr. Hannaford states that only 15% of children can process linearly, look at the teacher when they are talking and can repeat back what they heard. That’s why our dream of having attentive kiddos in class is not going to be realized. Not without some serious change-up. Knowing your child’s learning style is key to finding the distractions that are unique to them so that you can help them find ways around them. If you don’t know your child’s learning style, get them to take our free quiz here.
Reason #2 – Your child is not appropriately challenged
Inattention can also be a result of feeling under, or over-challenged. If you’re repeatedly getting calls or notes sent home that your child is disruptive or acting out, perhaps the source of their behavior is due to a lack of stimulation in a school setting. Children who aren’t appropriately challenged by their schoolwork can quickly become disengaged. They might start to lose interest in the material, stop paying attention altogether, get lazy at school and actually have worse grades because they zone out.