In Wyoming, for more information, or for answers to your specific questions on the Strategies for Supporting Your Child with Attention Disorders, please contact the Parent Information Center at (307) 684-2277.
Free from Distractions
Attention: Provide a sanctuary for child to work away from distractions or have child seated in front of classroom.
Maintain Child's Attention
Attention: Use direct instruction/interaction techniques that provide cues to maintain child’s attention.
Require a Response
Attention: Require child to respond back in a direct way, then provide immediate encouragement and correction.
Attention: Acquire and maintain eye contact, verbal contact and close contact with the child.
Attention: Give child a cue before giving instructions or directions.
Provide Directions that are Brief and Concise
Attention: No more than 2 or 3 at a time.
Break Tasks Down into Manageable Bites
Attention: Break tasks into small parts and provide concrete models and examples -- a hands-on approach is best.
Make Rules and Consequences Known
Impulsive Behavior: Establish and post firm, clearly understood, rules with immediate consequences for violations.
Impulsive Behavior: Establish routines for child and prepare child for breaks in routine.
Allow for Personal Time, Not as Punishment
Impulsive Behavior: When behavior gets out of control, or the environment is too stimulating, calmly remove child and isolate him in a quiet place for a short period of time---use as a “time away”, not as punishment.
Don't Allow Interruptions
Impulsive Behavior: Don't let the child interrupt. Have him/her wait a brief time before giving permission to speak.
Praise for Appropriate Behavior
Impulsive Behavior: Praise and recognize appropriate attention rather than reprimand for lack of attention.