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Farzanajoy
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what do I do when my 7yr old son does not pay attention to his teachers or finish his work on time?

In Topics: Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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Dr.Monika
Jun 22, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Many 7-year-olds have a difficult time staying still, but they should be able to follow directions and finish tasks.  

If inattention is new to your son, you might want to talk with your son's regular health care provider, because metabolic disturbances, such as thyroid disease or diabetes can affect a child's behavior and attention.  

If your son's inattention was always there, but perhaps lately has worsened, you may want to have your son evaluated for attention deficit.  In either case, talk with your son's pediatric provider.

Bets regards.
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luckypenny
luckypenny writes:
find out why by asking what doesn't make it something he wants to do. The fact that you've taken the time to ask this question here shows that you are and want to find a way past this, so make time to talk with no-one but him and let him tell you what is so unstimulating about it all. you could talk about how getting things done gives you success and stuff - give examples of how it's the same as working and getting paid so you can have what you need. when it comes to 7 year olds though, it's worth making the story a little removed from normality. for example, explain that his being a bit quicker would be like him being better at making nets in the jungle so he could catch big bugs before other people and he'd have the best bugs because he was always the first out because he'd got his net-making done first. you know what fires your boy's imagination, use it! tell stories about yourself at his age and something good that happened because you got your work done fast. then turn it into a game at home - give him 3 easy math questions and give him a countdown from 10 to get them done. if he does it, he'll be smiling at his achievement, then go to 4 questions, keep it manageable, all the time, acting astounded that he managed to  get it done... the rest is obvious, but in conclusion, he'll learn through your kindness that he can work faster and he's good at it too. start asking if there are other kids that he's faster than. take it from there - it could be that his classroom has a bigmouth overachiever that puts everyone down because they've not done things as quickly as her/him. ask the teacher. find unique ways to get your kid excited about getting things done then start applying it to written work, in an attainable way (like the 10 second challenge).

good luck
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