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Attention difficulties

Provision and /or strategies:

  • Have a clear consistent structure to the day.
  • Have a consistent seating plan for all lessons.
  • Ensure that experiences and activities are suitable for the child, for example, the length / timing / interests.
  • Explore what motivates the child and use their motivations to support them to maintain attention.
  • Give clear simple directions.
  • Sit the child or young person away from distractions and near good “learning” role models.
  • Have clear expectations regarding behaviours and a clear and consistent response to behaviours.
  • Record behaviour- but remember to analyse and review trends.
  • Allow plenty of time for movement or frequent small concentration periods.
  • Plan activities in small manageable chunks.
  • Be aware of times of the day that may be more difficult.
  • Use a ‘time out’ card to enable classroom behaviour to remain positive. Do not assume that the ‘time out’ card is being abused if it is used often for one lesson of the week. It may be that there are certain barriers to learning for the child in the lesson, e.g. sensory
  • Provide low arousal spaces
  • Remember to consult with the child and their parent carers so they can share with you their perspective.

Last updated 3 November 2021

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