Balancing and doing tricks requires visual attention.
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Fidget items can have practical uses that help people calm down and stay focused. The problem with spinners may be that they require visual attention, which can distract users and others nearby.
Don’t dismiss “playing games” as a waste of time - they can be a powerful tool for learning.
Introducing game-like elements into classrooms can boost student motivation and learning.
Early interventions can help children with autism build social and communication skills.
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Autism is usually diagnosed between the ages of two and five. But studies show therapies delivered earlier in childhood could help children at risk of developing autism.
Good for the brain too.
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Put young children in football or karate class and they concentrate better in the classroom.
Now, the importance of paying attention becomes clear.
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Behavioural issues in primary school increases a student's risk of not achieving five good GCSEs.
Do I really have to take these?
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Children are increasingly being given drugs by doctors to help teachers and parents cope with their troublesome behaviour. Certain behaviours or actions by children, such as not sitting still, are being…
Can’t we play a game now?
From iPads to Xboxes, the modern child has a vast array of electronic media to help alleviate boredom, pass the time and play online games. Parents may often wonder about the impact such activities can…