The “skill” of being able to focus and attend
BioLink sessions teach the “skill” of being able to focus and pay attention in situations which are boring, repetitive or low in stimuli. By mastering skills of this nature, individuals are now in control of their attention, allowing them to focus on what they want to, when they want to, regardless of how exciting, stimulating, or engaging it is.
This translates into:
- shorter homework time
- longer attendance to classroom lectures
- better ability to follow directions
- less time spent off-task
- the ability to ignore distractions and concentrate regardless of the environment
This is a long term process.
At Biolink centres we strictly follow Therapy guidelines based on scientific evidence.
Please keep in mind that while the benefits are enormous and life changing, this is a long term process. Research has shown that a minimum of 40 to 60 hours of training is necessary for the brain to master a new skill. Just like the “skill” of learning to play the violin, hours of practice is needed to master and learn the different building blocks of attentional control. While every student is different, we usually start to see outwardly observable change after 12 hours of accumulated BioLink session time. As mentioned a minimum of 40 to 60 hours of training is recommended but this can vary between individuals. Biolink facilitators play an important role in couching of the individual to learn how to maintain this focused awareness, and learn what behaviours detract from it. Gradually, individuals learn to transition their focused awareness to educational objectives like reading and attentive listening in class. Each level focuses on a different educational objective, so individuals can learn the skills they need to succeed in the classroom.
Attention is not completely absent, it is diffused or constantly shifted from one event to another unless the event is highly stimulating. Individuals with attention challenges seem to be pre-wired to attend to highly stimulating events. Even a person with a severe attention challenge can pay attention to things they like, or things that are highly stimulating. A good example of this can be found in popular off-the-shelf video games. Students with attention challenges can pay attention to their favourite games for hours upon hours with laser sharp concentration because the game is very, very stimulating. In contrast, a homework assignment is not as stimulating. Students find homework boring, and it is literally impossible for them to attend to homework.