The Affective Domain

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Issue 1: Aspects of Dyslexia


Task 1.4 - Concentration

Many children have difficulty with concentration, most notably on a warm summer afternoon when the lesson is less that riveting! However, children with dyslexia experience concentration difficulties associated with their memory problems. You may have written reports that mention a child being 'easily distracted', has difficulty 'remaining focussed', 'keeping on task' etc. By asking why and identifying the point of breakdown, teachers can support pupils more appropriately. Dyslexia can co-occur with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

Paying attention and concentrating requires:

  • Sufficient general ability to understand the tasks
  • Recall of previous experience and learning
  • Recognition of various strategies and selection of the right one
  • Self-control to stay with the task until it is complete

[Macintyre and Deponio 2003 p55]

  • Listen to the extracts below and consider ways of supporting children to concentrate in class
  • Compare and contrast the needs of the 2 pupils and describe how they might be supported in the classroom

Kirkhill Primary

• Need help to concentrate

Kincorth Academy

• Daydreaming helps with ideas

Task sheet AD1.4 - Concentration

Pupil          Needs          Support Strategies