Noises in the Classroom: Helping Your Child Focus
Do you remember what it was like to take a test in elementary school classroom? Here’s a hint: it’s not always quiet in there. Even “quiet time” in elementary school classrooms involves hearing children fidget, whisper to themselves, drop objects and scramble to pick them up, tap their hands against the desk, and call out for the teacher’s attention. For a child who has a difficult time focusing in class, these noises can be added distractions.
If you’re looking at ways for helping your child focus in the classroom despite the noises around them, it can be difficult to find good strategies. After all, how much control does your child really have in the classroom? You might feel powerless with the task of helping your child focus, but there’s hope!
Here are three strategies for helping your child focus in the classroom, whether during a test, a lecture, or another activity:
1. Try Kids HearMuffs
The most efficient way to correct for the issue of a noisy classroom is to invest in a pair of Kids HearMuffs for your child. Kids HearMuffs come with an industry-leading 22 Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), which might help your child reduce some of the noisiness in their classroom. In addition, just putting these HearMuffs on might help your child feel more focused because it will feel like they are in their own world, separate from the noises that are occurring around them. These might be good for helping your child focus in the classroom, during tests or other times when loud (or soft) noises are preventing them from fully focusing.
2. Talk to Your Child’s Teacher
Talk to your child’s teacher to see if your child might be able to take his or her tests in another room where there are fewer distractions. Your goal is helping your child focus, and sometimes it’s important to really be their advocate!
3. Practice, Practice, Practice
Focusing can be hard, even as adults, but as adults we have more experience with focusing in spite of distractions. Try to simulate a class or test environment for your child at home where there are some distractions. See whether your child can develop any of their own strategies for mitigating these distractions and staying focused on a task.
Helping your child focus despite noises in the classroom might be challenging, but working with your child to develop strategies to cope will be helpful in the long term.