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Attention Autism

This approach by Gina Davis Includes activities which are motivating, a shared experience and worth communicating about. The approach helps children to understand and respond to a structured, adult directed routine. It gives children an irresistible invitation to engage in an adult directed activity. It will help support and build attention and listening skills at an appropriate developmental level. It will also support and develop the child’s social communication skills e.g. taking turns, using vocalisations. The approach works because it draws on the child’s strengths:

  • Stronger visual skills than auditory skills
  • Remembering experiences with emotional impact (activities aim to be memorable and enjoyable)
  • Ability to follow logic and structure (e.g. following a predictable pattern, use of simple, repetitive language).
  • The aim is to build up to a single channelled attention level in a short adult directed activity.

    Watch the video below to find out more about the first stage. 

  • The aim of this stage is to be able to shift and sustain attention, and show emerging skills in anticipation.

    Watch the video below to find out more about stage 2.

  • The aim of this stage is to teach the child to shift their attention as they and others take turn.

    Watch the video below to find out more about stage 3.

  • The aim of this stage is to teach the child how to shift and refocus their attention for an individual activity and then back to a group activity.

    Watch the video below to see some activities that can be used in stage 4.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Norfolk & Waveney Speech & Language Therapy Service by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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