Attention is a very basic skill for human beings, so basic that we don’t usually talk about it.
But for some, attention is not a skill that comes easily and this problem can emanate early in childhood. This is where Occupational Therapists like Jacky Peile enter. They help children with attention difficulties live a better life. In this first episode of a two-part series, we chat with Jacky about attention, learning, and your child.
Jacky Peile established EarlyLinks in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire in Australia in 2010. Today, she leads a team of occupational therapists who support children, teens, and young adults with anxiety and sensory-processing difficulties through practical strategies that make their daily life easier.
- What attention is and how it develops early in life.
- How attention problems arise in childhood.
- How a shift in a child’s social environment (i.e. pre-school to school) affects attention
- The different subtypes of attention: shared attention, sustained attention, selective attention, alternating attention, and divided attention.
- The relationship between motivation and attention.
- How a child develops divided attention.
- How parents can identify attention issues in their child and when they should get professional help.
- What sensory-processing difficulties are and how they are related to a child’s ability to sustain attention
- The “Purple Mat” technique to teach your child selective attention
Jacky’s questions for parents who want to test children for attention difficulties before consulting a professional:
- Can your child maintain attention to something that is important or motivating to him or her?
- Can your child achieve basic short periods of attention?
So sit back and enjoy this episode of the Chatabout Children Podcast with Sonia Bestulic as she interviews Jacky Peile.
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