Category Archives: Attention

Task Organization and Executive Functions

Practicing for success with Reading Comprehension Math ● Science ● Technology Task Organization is an “executive function” that is organized at the highest level  within the cortex of the brain.  Executive Functions have been described as a set of mental skills that help you get things done.  According to WebMD examples of executive functions include: Managing time Paying attention Switching focus Planning and organizing Remembering

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Capturing Attention

Heavy work activities are often used to improve postural control and upper body stability.   The heavy work helps to modulate attention and to prepare the upper body to support follow up fine motor skills.  However, physioball walk outs  and other resistive activities commonly used for heavy work can easily become routine, resulting in decreased attention to task and postural control. We found a discounted

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Attention! Welcome Fingertips!

(Try  dressing, eating, or washing up without them) Most of the children I have treated over the years who have  had coordination deficits generally tended to have difficulty using hand and finger motions as well.  These difficulties often caused problems with daily living activities such as dressing, manipulating clothing fasteners (buttons, zippers, shoe laces, etc.),  using utensils,  grooming and hygiene. Planning developmentally appropriate projects

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Boosting Attention to Hand Function Skills

Developing proficiency in hand function skills typically requires the support of two distinct sensory processing systems. While components of the visual  processing system alert us to where and what the objects are that we will be working with, the sensory receptors in the joints, skin and muscles of the somatosensory system alert us to touch and movement sensations occurring as the objects are manipulated..

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Attentive Behaviors Part 3

Attention is the act of concentrating on one or more aspects of an environmental task that requires the ability to multi-task sensory  processing input.   External Controls of Attention Sensory input from the environment are comprised of events that can generally  be manipulated to some degree and can be referred to as External Controls.  These features  can usually be heightened or minimized to help

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Attentive Behaviors Part 2

Attention is the act of concentrating on one or more aspects of an environmental task that requires the ability to multi-task sensory  processing input.   Sensory influences in the environment for each of our sensory systems contribute to attention.  These influences can be easily tweaked to improve attentive behaviors. For example:  


Attentive Behaviors Part 1

Attention is the act of concentrating on one or more aspects of an environmental task that requires the ability to multi-task sensory  processing input.   Types Of Attention   Children who have sensory processing disorders often have deficits with attending behaviors as well. As caregivers, we all primarily tend to wish for sustained,   focused on task behavior during  self-care, school, and play. However, there

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