Page updated on: 10/08/2020

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
  • Fidget
  • 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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