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Resources/games/therapy for teaching 'Paying Attention'

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StarlightMcKenzie Fri 28-Sep-12 14:26:40

Anyone have any good ideas?

colditz Fri 28-Sep-12 14:28:47

Snap is a really good one ... The child hasto wait for each card, then look at it carefully, and look at what card they have put down themselves, and think about whether it matches .... Also its really cheap to replace if the cards get lost or eaten or turned into paper planes....

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 28-Sep-12 14:30:56

Oooh, yes - the old ones really are the best! Thank you. A good place to start.

Chundle Fri 28-Sep-12 14:50:47

The things in a box game. Get 10 or 20 things lay them out.put them in box. Take them all out excerpt one child has to guess which ones missing. Pairs is good game as well, my dd loves draughts but hates losing at it! We comb boot sales for cheap games to work on concerntration

Catsdontcare Fri 28-Sep-12 15:01:32

We have a couple of games by galt called soundtracks which is like a sounds lottery game. Ds loves them.

We also put several items on a tray, name each one then get ds to close his eyes whilst we take one away and then ask him which one is missing

AgnesDiPesto Fri 28-Sep-12 15:13:37

DS has a programme for paying visual attention to things e.g. tracking a book (held up in front of him like a teacher reading to the class) and he gets tokens for following the book with his eyes as the book moves up and down, left to right etc. He is now better at watching what teacher is actually doing at carpet time rather than just sitting facing the right direction and not looking. ABA staff sat there watching which direction his eyes are and giving tokens!
We make pictures which are very similar for him to match e.g. ladybirds with different numbers of spots so he has to pay attention to the detail.
Building eg Knex / lego from a photo of a pre made model so he has to notice which pieces he needs and concentrate for period of time to make it. Usually set this up with a timer so he has to persevere for a set time buts its not unlimited. Being DS he will sit there and struggle rather than ask for help so its agony for me to watch.
DS likes pairs, squares, snap, dot to dot, now teaching him hangman. Could he do spot the difference? Thats too tricky concept for DS but most comics, puzzle books have spot the difference pictures.
We started visual tracking by him following tokens being put on his board incredibly slowly and if he stopped looking at it the token would go back down. The token only made it onto the board if he visually tracked it the whole way - so they would go in big exaggerated arcs to get on the board. (hope that makes sense its hard to explain).

bialystockandbloom Fri 28-Sep-12 19:50:22

We've done a game (actually a language development one on Information Carrying Words, but it might work for you) with pics of various places, then pics of modes of transport, and then toy figurines. You say "can you take the man with the blue hat on the sports car to the London Eye". Break down into 2/3/4 ICWs depending on language level. The key thing is differentiating the figurines. So eg you have two men, but one with green hat and one with blue. So he has to find not just a man, but a man with a specific colour hat.
Ds loves being timed doing this. Tokens for each one right.

Also think Snap and Spot the difference would work well.

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 28-Sep-12 20:15:44

DS has a target on his termly IEP that states: Follow an instruction 4 times during PHSE.

If I can ignore all that is wrong with that target and not hyperventilate, it actually gives me a lot of info on what goes on in school and the gaps in understanding of DS.

I reckon this is resolvable. There are some good reasons why they might not know him and they do listen (and have done before), but obviously ds' ability in this area has slipped.

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