Solution Name: Improving Attention for Sensory Seekers
Sustained Attention - Holding attention over a period is necessary for the focus and concentration needed in learning, listening during lectures, paying attention during conversations or instructions. Reading a book requires the ability to pay attention over without becoming distracted
Activities to Improve Sustained Attention-
Word search- cross out all letters
Write out a list of words that start with a certain letter. Identify a certain number of words.
Ordering information into alphabetical or numerical order
Set a timer and complete a task or reading passage for a certain number of minutes
Selective Attention -Having the ability to select from the many points of visual, auditory, interoceptive, tactile, stimuli in order to focus and attend to just one, is the brain’s ability to select and respond to just one factors that matter most.
Activities to Improve Selective Attention
Use visual cues
Work on auditory skills
Limit visual distractions
Reduce background noise
Position kids away from windows or hallways when attending to a task
Alternating Attention- This type of attention refers to the ability to switch or immediately transfer focus from one activity to another.
Cooking with activities
Flip cards in a deck and perform actions based on the suit, color, or number
Sort coins or colored items
Practice performing a task that can easily become distractible such as going online to send an email…or shopping in a store
Divided Attention- refers to one’s ability to focus on two or more things at the same time. Simultaneously concentrating on various factors is evidenced by driving and holding a conversation simultaneously.
Practice games such as Connect Four with background distractions or verbal instructions
Increasingly complex verbal memory games
Simon Says with music playing in background
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