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Can the ability to pay attention predict the future success of your child? A recent article (here is a link to the article) in Education Week suggests just that. The study from Oregon State concludes that youth who can pay attention and are able to stick with a task have a better chance of completing college. According to their research, this ability is a stronger predictor than their mathematical and reading ability. The study (here is a link) published in the Early Childhood Research Quarterly showed this:
- The biggest predictor of college completion was not math or reading
- The ability to pay attention and finish tasks is critical
- Tactics aimed at increasing a child’s self-control improves their ability to:
- pay attention
- follow through on a task
- remember instructions
The conclusion of the study says that while academic ability is important, the other skills are critical as well. So as a parent, what tactics can you use. Try some of these:
- Have your child focus on playing with a singular object for a period of time. For adolescents, using just one toy allows them to explore, focus, and use their imagination.
- Don’t let your child give up when they encounter difficulties and challenges
- Teach persistence
- Encourage effort
- Reading allows for a time of singular focus. Set goals with your children, document their progress, and let them measurably see their improvement.