Focus and Attention

Children change in their ability to maintain focus and attention throughout their development, but for some children, the rate at which they develop these processes, can interfere with school, home life, and social opportunities.  We assess and review your child’s current capacity to inhibit behaviour, sustain attention, resist distraction, and regulate their activity level in response to different situations.  Our process is caring and encouraging, and incorporates communication with the key people and areas of your child’s life, such as, school, home, and current medical or treatment providers.  Where difficulties are identified, we can provide an integrated behavioural management approach, that coordinates strategies across school and home areas.

Parents can sometimes be unsure when these difficulties are simply a reflection of the developmental age of their child, and when additional assistance is required for their child.  Typically, these difficulties become impairing, when the ability to control impulses or delay gratification in your child appears to vary significantly from what might be reasonably expected in another child of a similar age.  For this reason, a child’s behaviour may frequently result in disruption to social play or interaction, interrupt academic progress, and actions that are inconsistent with the demands of the situation, for example remaining seated when required.

In some cases, children with these difficulties can lead to a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Some of the behaviours that reflect this diagnosis are noted below.

Your child may have difficulty stopping to think about their actions before they act, and this might mean, being unable to take turns in games, or conversation.  They may find it difficult to interrupt or alter their actions when they are clearly no longer effective.  Have challenges, resisting distractions while working, and successfully focussing on larger, longer term rewards instead of short term, immediate rewards can be especially challenging.

Some children seem to be always ‘on the go’ or fidgety and restless, finding it almost impossible to remain still, especially when performing boring or repetitive tasks.  This can be more obvious with especially younger children, who can show excessive running, jumping, and climbing.

A parent might report that their child seems unable to complete or persist with tasks.  This is most often a problem when the activity is important, but intrinsically unappealing and the child finds it almost impossible to complete without direct supervision, even when the task is very routine.

More recent research findings note additional difficulty with psychological functioning in areas including, working memory, development of internal language (this ‘mind voice’ helps us plan our actions and behaviour), emotional regulation, problem solving and consistency in academic or work performance.

We take a holistic approach to helping families with children whose difficulty with focus and attention has led to unhappiness at home and at school….  approach to

Some parents talk about their children being unable to standstill, or being ‘off with the fairies’.  Difficulties with focus and attention can have dramatic consequences for educational attainment, social skills and family life.  It is important to identify what is developmentally appropriate for a child and.  Whether your child meets criteria for a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)….

The ability to pause and inhibit action momentarily is a key factor

Difficulty with impulse control can had consequences…

Misunderstood, labelled ‘naughty’ or ‘don’t listen’

Focus and Attention

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