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Study Skills and Attention

Attention – ideas to help

Ideas to Help

Try to be consistent, calm, and provide some structure.

Make sure the child understands the instructions you are giving.

Keep instructions short.

Check the child has understood what you want him or her to do.

Make sure you are able to make eye contact with the child so that s/he can receive visual cues as well as auditory commands.

Praise, praise and praise – they need to know that they are praised for trying, not just for doing well.

Use a timer to show how long a task will take, or set the timer so that the buzzer will go off, indicating the end of the task.

Ask the child to repeat the instructions back to you.

Don’t forget to keep the words you use to a minimum.

Be certain that the child can foresee an end to the task.

Try not to use negatives when correcting.

Be consistent with your expectations and consequences for breaking rules.