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 but they must be taught, and practice is needed to build competence, just like the development of any skill.

Fortunately with awareness and knowledge, vast numbers of parents, grandparents, speech-language pathologists, teachers, 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.

These skills are commonly referred to as Executive Functioning Skills and all children can benefit from efforts to improve them.  Key success factors include . . .

  • adult involvement and encouragement
  • coaching
  • regular practice, and
  • 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 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.  Two internal dry-erase boards offer easy ways to provide visual cues that are so useful to many children.  Folders for Focusing are used primarily by children from 4 – 10 years old.

Common adult observations of children who are using Folders for Focusing on a regular basis include positives in several areas:

  • Greater calm and quiet
  • Better behavior control
  • More sustainable focus
  • Growing independence
  • Less repeat instructions
  • Heightened awareness of time
  • Opportunities to plan
  • Greater productivity
  • Reduced distractions
  • Improved task completion

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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