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Castle School

Attention building


A programme designed on the principles of ‘Attention Autism’ which uses practical approaches to increase and sustain attention, focus, and communication and group learning and interaction skills. Attention building helps students "learn how to learn" by developing attention, listening and communication skills through four carefully-sequenced stages, which gradually extend students' ability to direct and shift their attention. The programme can be adapted to be more age appropriate for older learners by e.g. using a toolbox instead of a bucket, or a chant/rap instead of the bucket song. 

Attention building sessions can immerse students in a story or topic in a practical, hands-on way, provide a framework to embed maths and literacy concepts, and provide a stimulus for spontaneous communication.


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