Concentration challenges? Five reasons why behavior may not be to blame
You’ve put your best foot forward for the start to an unusual school year.
- You’ve done all you can to sort through so many emails to put together the daily school schedule.
- You’ve set up a school work space with laptop or iPad, chair, and desk/table.
- You stocked up and organized snacks and drinks for easy access.
Now it’s up to your child. Will they be able to pull it together to focus and learn? There is often more to consider with our children’s ability to stay on task than what you read in parenting blogs.
Does your child have a hard time paying attention? Or staying on task?
At Kinetic Konnections, we meet family after family struggling with challenging school behaviors. Our assessment process often surfaces subtle yet significant glitches in the coordination of the head and body. This is frequently an underlying cause for challenges with staying on task.
When an injury or medical procedure creates temporary stress between the head and shoulders, it often throws off the organization of the body and head. The effort required to concentrate becomes overwhelming because the head and eye coordination are not well-supported by the body.
When the stress originates from birth, your kids can’t articulate why things are hard, as this is the only ‘normal’ they have known. They feel like something is wrong with them because they can’t do what everyone else does so easily.
The good news is no matter the age, this body and head organization can change. The gentle rocking movements of the Bridging® Technique quickly create these long-lasting changes. Children are amazed at how their bodies feel lighter and move more easily. Parents are amazed at how self-control and focus change.
See below for the top five events we find challenge concentration; some of which are not what you’d think!
Our goal at Kinetic Konnections is to keep your body optimally organized to behave, focus, and be active for the things you enjoy in life.
Our wishes to all for a smooth transition to the new school year!
Five types of events which may challenge your child’s ability to concentrate
The following are some of the earliest causes we find that negatively impact head and body coordination. (But they can be changed!)
Birth trauma can occur when a long labor compresses the neck relationships, or a c-section delivery pulls on the body to get the head out.
Infant and toddler falls can cause glitches during the critical time when head, body, and visual skills are still weaving themselves together. The glitches often don’t cause issues until in a school setting.
Play injuries can also bump the coordination of head, body, and arms out of sync. Everything still works but requires so much effort!
Sports injuries can result in more than a concussion. Sometimes falling onto an arm or shoulder can disrupt the many ways the head is supported for efficient concentration.
Medical procedures in arms, chest, or head are often life-saving but throw off essential function between the head, arms, and core. This can impact the ease of concentration.
A look back at stories of clients we helped, following various head traumas
There are so many reasons why heads and bodies don’t work well together.
Here is a look back at a series of related stories of how we helped our clients recover and thrive following head traumas.