In order to learn, a child must be able to pay attention to a variety of different stimuli and remain calm and alert. We, as adults, use various strategies to stay focused when attention and concentration is needed. These strategies and behaviours may include chewing foods or gum, fidgeting in our seat or with an object in our hand, such as a pen. Similarly, changes in the environment and regular movement breaks can help us become more attentive and focused. Some children may have trouble sustaining their attention to a given task. This may be due to underlying anxiety, frustration and/or sensory sensitivities. It’s helpful to monitor their behaviour to help you to identify potential causes and solutions. This can be seen in different ways e.g. frequent fidgeting or movement seeking, slumping in their chair, playing with objects in their hands.
Some information for this webpage has been drafted using resources from Greater Glasgow and Clyde Children’s Services