Joel started the Play Attention programme with me a few months before he turned six years old. He had been struggling to listen, follow instructions, complete tasks, concentrate in the classroom and had behaviour issues. His teacher and parents were finding it challenging working with him, whether it was assisting him with his homework, classwork or even completing everyday tasks.
Since beginning the Play Attention programme, Joel is now able to identify those troublesome behaviours that were causing him to become distracted. He can now rectify his behaviours and as a result he is able to concentrate much better without getting into trouble in the classroom, or at home. His parents and teacher have said there is a noticeable improvement in not only his school work, but his performance in everyday activities too! His memory has improved and he is now able to retain information and apply it when necessary. Joel was a child who was easily distracted, but he is now able to “zone in” on the task at hand and block out all outside inferences.
Joel is motivated to work harder. Concentration is no longer a difficult task for him. This means getting Joel to go to school is no longer a struggle; in fact he looks forward to class! His self-confidence has improved and he believes that he can achieve his goals and do well if he puts his mind to it.
Practice makes perfect and Joel is a testament to this. He has put in a lot of hours and effort into the Play Attention programme and he has developed a skill that he is proud to have cultivated which will be with him for the rest of his life. As a Play Attention practitioner, I am proud to say I can see Joel has built a strong foundation when it comes to concentration. To witness the big difference this programme has made in this young boy’s life makes me proud to practice what I do, and help children realise their potential!
Submitted by Sandra Roberts (Registered Counsellor)