Focus Span Decreasing: Let’s Get It UP!

FOCUS

Goldfish are beating us with focus of attention. Research has shown they can hold a focus for 9 seconds and we humans are registering in at an average of 8 seconds. Satya Nadella, Chief Exec. Officer of Microsoft stated that “The true scarce commodity of the near future will be human attention.”

As our attention span shrinks primarily due to digital overstimulation and addiction, the same trend is having impact on the young minds in our country. In 2000 children were able to hold a focus on one thing for 12 seconds. In 2016, 8 seconds holds the average record.

6.4 million children in the U.S. right now suffer from ADHD. The cost of ADHD in the U.S. annually is $52 billion. I like imagining what we could do with that money if we helped children to learn how to focus on one thing at a time for longer periods of time.

I am taking some steps as Grandma Boom teaching Superkid Power Skills to children as young as 3. This week when working with a group of preschoolers dressed as a pirate, I used a toilet paper roll to show them how to focus on one thing at a time. For example, a pirate looking for land from his ship is only focusing on that one thing. Doing a variety of techniques with the holistic approach of being tactile, visual, experiential, the children were saturated with fun ways to FOCUS. Only a few seconds to begin with, but practice in fun ways means those seconds will stretch to be longer with attention span. As adults we can do simple things to focus our attention, one thing at a time….and time ourselves. Can we hold our own focus of attention long enough to beat out the goldfish? Let’s get it up!

One of the things that is awesome in my aging process is being continually creative as an elder of the human tribe to keep opening myself to new techniques to help children learn self-help skills. Funny thing is that as I help them develop SUPERKID POWER SKILLS, I seem to be growing quite a bit myself as a big SUPERKID.

When people ask why I call it ‘SUPERKID POWER’ I respond by sharing that I believe every single child deserves to FEEL like a SUPERKID and that happens not by the brand of clothes they wear, but by having skills to self-manage with their own inner resources of mental thoughts, emotional feelings and body tensions levels. Learning to act instead of react, develop emotional intelligence and manage stress from the inside out means a solid foundation for self-care and self-confidence leading to self-control is readily available to every child. Why not? WHY. NOT!
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