Zoning out challenges in children with ADHD and how to support them

September 25, 2023
Supriya Saikia

Zoning out challenges in children with ADHD and how to support them


Introduction to ADHD:

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder in childhood that is first diagnosed during childhood period and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have difficulties in paying attention and controlling impulsive behaviors as they may act without thinking about what the result will be, or be overly active.

Zoning out refers to those moments when your brain is no longer paying attention to its external surroundings or tasks. It's an involuntary process that happens even when you are actively trying to pay attention. There are several reasons why children zone out. These could be because of long-term activities, distractions, challenging tasks, etc.

We should support them by making them engage in physical activity and movement which are important for children, but especially so for children with ADHD. Allow enough time to complete the tasks or any activities, there is no need to force them. Try not to make them do the same activity again and again, which leads to boredom. We should provide a better environment that is free of distractions. Children with ADHD might need a quiet space to complete their work. Play attention-boosting games like Simon says and videos they like.