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CONCENTRATION STRATEGIES 

As children get older it can become more noticeable to peers that they require extra effort to concentrate. As you can imagine the more attention a youth or young adult draws to their disability, sometimes means they will be ostracized or made fun of.

It is important to use strategies that accommodate the individual's level of comfort with their disability. Some children will know from a very young age that their brain works differently and so their parents will talk with them about their disability, other children do not receive an early diagnosis and can go many years never understanding their disability or even recognizing it.

Based on the comfort level of every individual it is possible to brainstorm ideas on how to help them concentrate. In the two pictures below you can see that putting head phones on and listening to quite music can help a youth drown out other distracting sounds. Another version of this strategy can look like ear plugs, that are less vibrant in color. Ear plugs work well during tests, or quite study periods. If ear plugs are not available a youth can wear ear buds or head phones with no sound.

 

In the second picture a youth is wearing a hat during class time. It may not be a social norm for students to wear hats in class, however the benefits can outweigh the negatives. When a student wears a hat they are able to better concentrate due to the vision protection it provides from the bright lights. During a test a student can wear a hat as an antidote to blocking their own view of other students who may distract them.

Another strategy becoming widely used by schools, is chewing gum. Chewing gum works much the same as a fidget toy, where the student is able to use the rhythm and motion of chewing to better concentrate on the task at hand.

Tip, Many students will have developed coping skills over the years so they may better concentrate, finding out what these coping skills are and helping to better use them may also be a great strategy.

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