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    Attention/Organizational Recommendations

     

    These strategies may help to decrease distractions in the classroom and help increase attention to tasks.

     

    • Allow student to take frequent breaks from sitting at desk.
    • Use a study corral or open folders on desk, for tests or assignments of difficulty, to decrease distractibility. 
    • Use lightweight headphones to decrease auditory distractions.
    • Use tennis balls on chair legs to decrease noise.
    • Allow student to do simple classroom jobs, passing out papers, collecting papers, etc.  for movement breaks.
    • Play group movement games throughout the day, intermittently between tabletop activities, (ie.- Silent ball, desk pushups, wall pushups, skipping around chairs for musical chairs, hop skotch on spelling words or site words, etc.)
    • Turn lights off during quiet breaks.
    • Use sunlight when possible.
    • Erase chalkboard / whiteboard throughout the day.
    • When using overheads, uncover one line at a time.
    • Shorten or divide work into smaller units.
    • Post a daily schedule, using pictures if necessary.
    • Use a clipboard to stabilize student’s paper.
    • Allow extra time for written work.
    • Reduce or modify written assignments.
    • Allow use of a tape recorder to keep up with note taking.
    • Allow an increased wait time after teacher statements and questions.
    • Use simple one-to-two step directions, having student repeat them back to you and to a friend.
    • Establish eye contact before directions are given.
    • Be sure the student’s body is still before giving verbal directions.
    • Photocopy or enlarge materials.
    • Have student follow the words and / or Copy of Teacher Notes, he or she is reading with their finger or a highlighter.
    • Demonstrate an activity several times in addition to verbally explaining it.
    • Color code folders or notebooks for specific subjects.
    • Create a consistent system for student to follow.
    • Have student use an assignment book to allow consistent communication between teaching staff and parents.  (It also gives student a visual of what he/she is supposed to complete for homework and helps them with organizational skills).
    • Have student highlight items in assignment book, prior to leaving for the day, as they are checked to make sure they are in book bag.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                                                                         

Last Modified on September 1, 2020