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Limited attention span compared to developmental age

Provision and or strategies

  • Use child / young person’s interests as a motivator and to extend engagement.
  • Implement regular, short breaks.
  • Plan for differentiation.
  • Use chunking and break tasks down into smaller, manageable steps.  
  • Consider the use of visual timetables.
  • Consider backward chaining – Break the overall task down into smaller steps. The adult helps the child with all but that last step with the child / young person being taught to do the last step themselves. Once the last step is learnt, the child / young person and adult work backwards learning other steps of the sequence until they can do the entire task.
  • Use the child / young person’s name when giving instructions.
  • Ask the child / young person to repeat back what activity they are going to do.
  • Consider use of timers, so they know they only have to focus for a comfortable amount of time.
  • Plan individualised timetables.

Last updated 3 November 2021

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