ADHD is characterized by a difficulty concentrating and a high degree of restlessness and impulsivity. In fact for a confirmation of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) inattention/concentration problems must be present in at least two situations with the most common being home and school. However, lack of concentration isn't as simple as not being able to focus. The inability to concentrate is more accurately a problem in being able to control or regulate how and when a person focuses on something. Put simply a problem with self regulation.
Why is my child not concentrating?
There could be any number of simple reasons but for the ADHD child it likely is neurological problem involving the balance of brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters. The three neurotransmitters linked to ADHD symptoms are norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. Let's examine how each primary symptom of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is influenced by these brain chemicals.
*Distractibility is often a result of too much norepinephrine activity in relation t the amount of dopamine activity.
*Impulsivity is thought to be related to too much norepinephrine or too little dopamine.
*Obsessiveness is often an indication of too much dopamine in relation to the amount of serotonin.
As you can see a child's lack of concentration could be affected by any of these imbalances. Trying to force an ADHD child with a brain chemical imbalance to concentrate is like trying to put a square peg into a round hole. It likely is not going to happen.
If goes without saying that lack of concentration is one of the central aspects of the ADHD child and likely plays a large role in the 80% academic underachievement rate experienced by these children. For children with ADHD maintaining attention in school is by far the most challenging task they are asked to do. If your child is not concentrating the best way to help them overcome this troublesome problem is to create a stimulating environment for them. If you can find a way to make something more interesting for them, they will tend to concentrate very well. Also keep in mind that sometimes they struggle with getting started. You may need to provide them with a specific motivation for doing the task, and help them overcome any obstacles involved to achieve the results you are hoping for.
In summary, your child's lack of concentration could be caused by an imbalance in brain chemical activity, lack of a stimulating environment or the inability to get started. In fact it could be all three. By creating a well thought out action plan to minimize the impact of these contributing factors you will give your child the opportunity to achieve his/her potential.
Additionally, many parents are finding help in the form of natural remedies for ADHD. These all natural formulas are very safe and shown to be an effective way of addressing such problematic ADHD symptoms as inattention, lack of concentration, distractibility, and erratic behavior. If you have been searching for a natural option for your child's lack of concentration this is an option worth considering.