Divided Attention

Divided attention is the last type of attention skill. It is a problematic but must-have skill for every person. We need to focus on more than one task in our daily life. But then, divided attention means focusing on two different tasks simultaneously.

It might be difficult for some children, but the skill develops with time and additional effort. Usually, the divided attention skill sets after the age of nine. It is the significant age when a child tries to focus on many tasks like homework, games and many more.

It would help if you observed your child and then noticed the attention skills and capabilities. It will help you learn that may or may not your child is having attention difficulties.

However, different fun and engaging activities help develop your child’s divided attention skills.

What is divided attention

Divided attention is the skill to focus on two different tasks simultaneously and complete them side by side, for example, driving a car while having a conversation on the phone. The driver has divided attention on car driving and mobile phones as well.

Initially, when a person starts learning how to drive a car, the instructor limits the background noises by turning off the radio. So the driver has a complete focus on the road and verbal instructions from the instructor. When they know how to drive the car and become used to it with practice, they can talk with other passengers, talk on the phone, and switch on the radio. Therefore divided attention is a skill that develops with time and practice.

If your child is above nine years old and facing difficulty with divided attention or multiple tasks, you must work on attention skill activities. There are different kinds of activities that you can plan according to your child’s interest and slowly develop the skills.

Activities for divided attention

It is tough for some children to pay attention to multiple or more than one task at the same time. If your child is also facing the same difficulty, then there is nothing to worry about.

Many activities are available to help develop your child’s divided attention skills. You can plan and engage these activities according to your child’s interests. It helps you spend quality time with your child and develop a skill. Remember that whenever you plan the divided attention activity, limit the background noises, just like the instructor of car driving classes. It will help you polish your child’s attention skills more quickly. In addition, you can also give timely tasks to your child, like searching for words in 20 minutes. The child has to pay attention to the game and stopwatch at the same time.

So it is not challenging to train the child in some skills. All you need to do is focus on them and plan the activities according to their choice. If you notice any attention difficulty with your child, then ensure to contact a therapist and take a guide for strengthening the attention skills.

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