Increasing A Child’s Ability To Succeed

Knowing how to focus and maintain concentration on a single activity is a very important skill that greatly increases a child’s ability to succeed.  Kids can learn these skills (Executive Functioning Skills) if they are taught.  In addition, regular practice is required to build competence, just like the development of any skill.

Fortunately, with growing awareness and knowledge, vast numbers of parents, grandparents, speech-language pathologists, teachers, occupational therapists, and other professionals are helping children develop stronger neural pathways that can enhance the child’s ability to . . .

  • focus
  • pay attention
  • initiate action
  • plan
  • organize
  • set priorities
  • follow directions
  • manage time
  • complete an assignment and
  • strengthen working memory.

Of great importance, these skills are commonly referred to as Executive Functioning Skills.  And for good news, all children can benefit from regular, consistent efforts to improve them.  To make really good things happen, key success factors include . . .

  • adult involvement and encouragement – Mom, Dad, teachers, SLP’s, and others
  • insistence on practice just like what’s required with improving any skill
  • coaching – showing kids how to set priorities, manage time, etc.
  • regular practice
  • using tools designed to help nurture these skills.

One of these tools is our very own product called Folders For Focusing, a powerful but simple tool for helping children develop these important skills.  Used successfully in homes and schools, six unique, kid-friendly tri-folds reduce distractions and let children create their own quiet cubby as they do homework, read, write, and test.  And, two internal dry-erase boards offer easy ways to provide close-up visual cues that help children follow directions, create to-do lists, find reminders, and rewards for achievement.  Folders for Focusing are used primarily by children from 4 – 10 years old.  However, some high school kids in special classes are also using Folders for Focusing very successfully in  some locales.  Not surprisingly, kids love them and often ask their teacher if they can use them even when others are not.

With real excitement, adult feedback concerning the use of Folders for Focusing on a regular basis verifies that with supportive coaching, children frequently become . . .

  • Calmer, quieter
  • Better behaved
  • Focused for longer periods
  • A bit more independent
  • Less dependent on repeat instructions
  • More aware of time to complete their work
  • More productive
  • Less distracted
  • More capable of task completion

Finally, please know that Folders for Focusing are used by teachers, parents, grandparents, speech language pathologists, and others.

“When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits. These skills are crucial for learning and development.”

Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child

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