Children’s ability to concentrate and focus develops as they grow older. It is different for all children. Some children will have a particular difficulty with paying attention, with impulsiveness and/or with hyperactivity, more so than their friends. Sometimes this is called Attention – Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder or AD/HD.
Children with AD/HD difficulties may:
- Seem not to listen to what is being said
- Have trouble organising themselves
- Get easily distracted
- Get out of their seat and/or run around
- Have trouble waiting and taking turns
These problems can be linked with behavioural and social difficulties.
How will my child's school help?
Schools can help by:
- Positively reinforcing good behaviour
- Maintaining a calm atmosphere
- Making sure reprimands and redirection are about the task
- Being respectful of a child’s self esteem
- Breaking down tasks and instructions to small steps
- Teaching and supporting organisational skills
- Offering a choice of rewards
Parents and carers should speak to their child’s school initially if they have any questions about their child’s ability to concentrate or focus.
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