Welcome to Symptoms and Solutions!
Starting today Symptoms and Solutions is a new feature we will be including in one of the two eZine Newsletters and Blogs each month.
When folks like you register for our Webinars, you often respond by telling us some concerns that are going on with their children.
Lack of Attention or Lack of Focus
One symptom that comes up many times in these registrations is a child’s lack of focus. What could be keeping a child from being about to give attention to something or someone and have such a lack of focus?
Reach for the Root Cause
If you have been around us for any length of time, you know that we are all about getting to the root cause of the symptoms we see in our children. We live in a society that so often is only concerned about this moment or this school year or just the time this child is in someone’s care. Much advice is doled out to parents by the world around them that serves to only put bandages on symptoms without looking deeper. As parents, we know you want more. You want to know what is causing this craziness in your child. You also want to know the “what to do about it” piece. You want to be empowered with action steps to take.
Going Deeper – Root causes for symptoms you see
Here is a list of some things that could be causing your child’s lack of focus. These are developmental concerns.
- Retained Reflexes
- Immature Gross Motor – Cross Pattern
- Sequential Processing (auditory and/or visual)
- Mixed Dominance
- Sensory (hyper or hypo)
- Visual Development
- Environmental or Food allergies and sensitivities
Going Deeper – Developmental solutions needed
Here are developmental (deeper) solutions for these root causes:
- increase sequential processing
- develop strong brain foundation with gross motor cross pattern
- line up dominance
- decrease sensory hypersensitivity & bring maturity for the hypo concerns
- create structures for success
- check to rule out visual inefficiencies
- observe and record food and environment reaction patterns
For Now - Let’s work on Sensory – Tactility or sense of touch.
In this article, we will focus on some tactile sensory things you can do to calm your hyperactive child and the same things will work on maturity for your delayed child.
Activities that will help a child with FOCUS:
Arm and Leg Squeezes - Start with the fingers of one of their hands and squeeze to the point that they feel it – not painfully but so that they can feel it. This pressure will be different for each person. Squeeze each finger, then move up and squeeze the hand, then the wrist, then the arms all the way up to the shoulder. Switch hands and do the same thing up to the other shoulder. Do the same thing with the toes and move up to the thighs. You can do this activity twice a day for five minutes. We were able to eliminate bed wetting in one of our children by doing this deep pressure activity, calm hyperactivity in another, and bring more developmental maturity to our delayed child. Why does it work? Because we are giving input into the brain that it does not have. This activity will make a huge difference in changing the brain so that children will be able to focus better.
Bear Hugs - Another activity that helps with focus is bear hugs. That is - trunk to trunk hug and squeeze. It sends fantastic signals to the brain and the results are that your child gets to know better where their body is in time and space which will help them to focus better AND there is some LOVE going on with a hug. We recommend at least 8 times a day.
Scratchy Glove - Rub that scratchy glove (bath glove) very lightly on all four limbs, the torso, and anywhere there is sensitivity. Do this at least twice a day for 3 minutes.
Log Roll - The child lays down on his or her side and rolls across the floor or down a hill.
Re-bounder - Have your child jump on a re-bounder (mini tramp)
Swing Activities - Have your child start these activities quickly, do them for about 20 seconds, and then stop them abruptly:
- Seated normally
- Twirl right
- Twirl left
- Belly on seat
Weighted item – blanket, stuffed animal, vest, lap pad
Massage with a hand held vibrator
These activities are working on the tactile sensory system for sure and also some of them serve to integrate retained reflexes and mature other developmental steps.
And..the cool thing is that this activities are FUN. How great it is that our child can be having fun and be working on developmental growth at the same time!
If you would like support in getting very specific for your individual child’s needs developmentally to help with FOCUS or any other concerns, consider entering one of our private coaching programs. Email us at MarchForthFamily@gmail.com for more information on how to get started. Taking action today could begin to give your child a brighter future and you more peace, confidence, and targeted direction in your parenting journey.
Tom and Julie Meekins
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