Check it Out! Products You Can Use: Focus on Learning
What can parents do to help their child with special needs thrive academically? There are two areas that are cornerstones for learning: Improving focus and memory. Some products are helping kids develop both.
One such innovation has been created by an attention research psychologist. The developers believe that today kids are struggling, not because they aren’t smart or capable, but because there are more distractions than ever.
Without getting into the neuroTechnology, all parents need to know is that it helps children build attention, overcome distractions and improve memory. All kids need to know is that it’s fun and has all the excitement of a video game. The game is called Jungle Rangers and the company is appropriately named Focus Education.
Twinkle Tunes Piano Book
Let’s turn from games to another area of entertainment options that can tone kids’ brains–music. Research continues to document that connecting children to music helps:
- Increase the ability to hear speech in noise
- Aids in communication, reading and language
- Improves verbal memory and word recall
Additional research shows that music lessons may lead to positive changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop.
Articles promoting the benefits of musical training mention dyslexia, Down syndrome and attention-deficit.
Since much of the research involves musical training, a company that offers lots of options for early learners is Schoenhut. From pianos to guitars they specialize in starting kids off right. For example, the Twinkle Tunes Piano Book combines book with piano and offers only 8 keys for a perfect introduction to music.
Kids with special needs often need a little academic intervention. Improving focus and memory is a great way to start.
Reviewed by Ellen Metrick, Director of Industry Relations & Partnerships, National Lekotek Center, [email protected] For information on other toys and products for children with special needs, visit our website www.ableplay.org. AblePlay is a website sponsored by the National Lekotek Center, an authority on play and children with special needs at www.lekotek.org. Follow us on Facebook.
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