Focus down


Recent research suggests that ADHD may affect 1 in 20 children. A key symptom of the disorder is lack of concentration and with this is mind Brainworks Neurotherapy* have come up with some brain training techniques designed to help children to focus down. These techniques may not cure ADHD but they can certainly help.

Mindfulness meditation

This involves focusing your attention on the present moment. It can reduce impulsivity and develop emotional regulation skills. By being mindful of emotions as they arise, children learn to observe them without immediately reacting to them.

Organisation strategies

Developing effective organisational strategies, such as breaking tasks into smaller, manageable steps, can help kids suffering from poor concentration to stay focused and on track.

Exercise and physical activity

Regular physical exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on ADHD symptoms. Engaging in aerobic activities, such as cycling, can help increase dopamine and norepinephrine levels which play a crucial role in attention, focus and mood regulation.

Sleep routine

Establishing a consistent sleep routine can improve attention during the day as well as reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity. Aim for a regular sleep schedule and create a calm and comfortable sleep environment for your child. This will also help to enhance mood and emotional regulation.

James Roy, technical director at Brainworks Neuropathy, says: ’Nutrition, exercise habits and general health all have a bearing on our ability to focus. However, often overlooked is a child’s emotional condition, which has an equal or greater impact. This is why ADHD diagnoses often go hand in hand with emotional or developmental trauma. It points to a deeper brain activity problem with concentration. However, the result is the same: an impaired ability to focus and stay on task.’