How Attention Issues Affect Reading Comprehension

Now more than ever, ADHD plaques many young boys.

The world is increasingly connected and the potential for sensory overload expands daily.

When I was teaching history, I saw abundant attention issues, even if the boy wasn't diagnosed as ADHD. Restless boys struggled to focus when too much information was thrown at them too quickly.

That attention-comprehension equation is even more problematic with reading.

As Verywellmind.com recently reported in "Why Children With ADHD May Have Trouble Reading" :

"Many students with ADHD can fall behind while reading, missing phrases in the text, skipping over words or sentences, losing track of where they are on the page, missing details and connections. This is especially evident when passages are long and complex."

This tendency to "overload" is one reason why I write the Great Battles for Boys with a conversational style. I want boys to feel at ease as they're reading so they can absorb the history without feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.

But I also want these boy to hunger for more information. So at the end of each chapter, I list other books about the battle or some interesting (and safe) internet sites for further study.

I've also noticed that boys focus better when they sense the information is relevant to their lives.

Relevance automatically motivates them to retain the information.

Military history naturally demonstrates how actions have consequences, and that even some of the most successful leaders in history mess up. Among the best examples is Winston Churchill. He bungled World War I's Battle of Gallipoli but years later his error (and his strong character to recover from it) informed the successful Invasion of Normandy during World War II.

Boys enjoy hearing these stories, even about failures. And you'll find that after they read them, they retain more information because of their enjoyment and the subject's relevance. 

Here's some more information on how to help improve reading comprehension in a child with attention issues:

https://www.verywellmind.com/improving-reading-comprehension-in-students-with-adhd-20813