renniebc asks:

How do I effectively teach a child with short attention span?

What strategies do I use to help the child to stay focused or to pay attention? How can I get help for that child out of the classroom as well?
In Topics: Learning disabilities
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Jun 16, 2013
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There are many strategies to help a child with a short attention span including:

1- Shortening the assignments in to chunks (chunking)- this way it doesn't seem so overwhelming

2- Use colored pens and highlighters to keep attending to writing tasks

3- Use of multi-media such as typing and writing or speaking in to an audio recorder for memorizing facts and information

Hope this helps!

Louise Sattler, School Psychologist
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JamielaIsmail , Teacher writes:
You can use a kitchen timer and explain to him that when the timer rings after 20 minutes he can get up.  Set the time every time a new lesson starts.  This will help him and others in the class.  After each session give him and others a 5 minutes stretch time.  This will keep him focused as children do need to move.  This method can be used at home as well and reward for completion of task in 20 - 30 minutes is being able to watch TV, play games etc.
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