Parents can do a lot to improve their child’s learning by focusing on developing attention, self-regulation and working memory through brief, frequent and varied activities throughout the day. Once you get the hang of this, it will be natural to you.
For working memory, prompt Jeff to remember what you say starting with 2-3 word phrases. Move on to nursery rhymes, lyrics to songs, the Pledge of Allegiance. Up the ante when one level’s been mastered.
For self-regulation, give him an M & M. Promise another one if he doesn’t eat this one until you get back.
As Jeff helps make pudding, have him talk aloud to himself through the steps.
Use a colorful sand timer and have him color or look through a book to increase his attention span.
Sit in front of him and read to him to gauge his focus and engagement. Increase the time as necessary.
There’s no time to waste! Start now!
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