What happens if my child has trouble with attention?

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Children who can’t divide their attention may only be able to work with one piece of information at a time and lose the ‘big picture’ of what they’re doing.

Children who can’t focus their attention may find the classroom setting overwhelming as they can’t ignore all the distractions. They may miss crucial bits of information or focus on irrelevant things.

Some children may not be able to hold their attention long enough to listen to full instructions given by the teacher or to be able to complete tasks. These children often don’t practice a skill as many times as their peers because they are slower.

When a child can’t attend to the whole instruction, or can’t focus on the important piece of information they may be taking incomplete or incorrect information into their memory.

Click on the video to hear from Dr Chris Chapparo about the importance of attention in the classroom.

Attention in the classroom

What can I do to help my child’s attention?