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15 Strategies For Managing Attention Problems

By: Glenda Thorne PhD, Alice Thomas MEd, Candy Lawson PhD The following strategies are offered for enhancing attention and managing attention problems. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but rather is meant as a place to begin. The best resources for strategies are the creative, inventive minds of enlightened assessment professionals, teachers and parents, in partnership with the students they serve. Together they can create multiple alternative strategies. 1. Take the Mystery Away The first and perhaps most important management strategy is to insure that all students understand how attention works and identify their particular profiles of attention strengths and weaknesses. Then, students should be taught attention management strategies. 2. Understand Consistent Inconsistency Teachers and parents should understand that the inconsistency of children with attention problems is not evidence of a poor attitude or lack of motivation. It is a part of their biologically based attention dysfunction, and is beyond their easy control. 3. Explore the Option of Medication For many children and adolescents, medication can be helpful in dealing with attentional difficulties. Medication can improve mental alertness and the intensity and duration of concentration. In addition, it may diminish impulsivity and hyperactivity. The student and his parents may wish to explore this option with his physician. 4. Allow for Movement and Breaks It is helpful for students who have problems with inconsistent alertness and mental effort to...

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Emotional Disturbances in Children

ERIC Digest 454ERIC Identifier: ED295398Publication Date: 1988-00-00Author: Zabel, Robert HSource: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted children Reston VA. This Digest was created by ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Center. For more information about ERIC, please contact ACCESS ERIC at 1-800-LET-ERIC How Are Emotional Disturbances in Children Defined? Emotional and behavioral disturbances represent significant behavioral excesses or deficits. Many labels are used to denote deviant behavior; these labels include: emotionally handicapped or disturbed, behaviorally disordered, socially maladjusted, delinquent, mentally ill, psychotic, and schizophrenic. Each of these terms refers to patterns of behavior that depart significantly from the expectations of others. In recent years, “behavioral disorders” has gained favor over “emotional disturbance” as a more accurate label leading to more objective decision-making and fewer negative connotations. Public Law 94-142 defines serious emotional disturbance (SED) as “a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree, which adversely affects educational performance: –An inability to learn which cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors. –An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers. –Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances. –A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression. –A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.” (U.S. FEDERAL REGISTER, 42, August 23, 1977, pp. 42478-42479). The federal...

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Understanding and Parenting Adolescents

Highlights: An ERIC/CAPS Digest ERIC Identifier: ED291018Publication Date: 1987-12-00Author: Klimek, David – Anderson, MarySource: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Personnel Services Ann Arbor MI. This Digest was created by ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Center. For more information about ERIC, please contact ACCESS ERIC at 1-800-LET-ERIC Introduction Living with a teenage son or daughter on a daily basis often makes parents feel anxious, angry, uncertain, or inept. Despite the occasional horror story regarding adolescence, the majority of teenagers in America navigate this phase of development quite well. Unfortunately, parents cannot know with certainty the health and strength of their...

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Supporting Girls in Early Adolescence

ERIC Digest ERIC Identifier: ED386331Publication Date: 1995-09-00Author: Rothenberg, DianneSource: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education Urbana IL. This Digest was created by ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Center. For more information about ERIC, please contact ACCESS ERIC at 1-800-LET-ERIC Introduction Results of national studies suggest that for girls, the middle grades can be a time of significant decline in self-esteem and academic achievement (AAUW, 1991; Backes, 1994). The analysis of the Harvard Project on women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development supports the finding that many girls seem to think well of themselves in the primary grades but suffer...

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Coping with Loss and Grief through Online Support Groups

ERIC/CASS Digest ERIC Identifier: ED446331Publication Date: 2000-07-00Author: Gary, Juneau M. – Remolino, LindaSource: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services Greensboro NC. This Digest was created by ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Center. For more information about ERIC, please contact ACCESS ERIC at 1-800-LET-ERIC Introduction The death of a loved one is a natural and inevitable life experience. Those who must cope with the loss, experience various grief reactions. Typically, people discuss their grief reaction with someone they know or do not discuss it at all. Current technology now enables people to cope with grief through participation in online...

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