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Attention to Autism

What is it?

Attention autism is an attention building activity to develop shared attention with adults and peers. Key principles involve offering an irresistible invitation to learn and to inspire the child’s focused attention.

What are the aims?

For students to establish joint attention (attention with another person, I am looking at you, you are looking at me) and develop this into extended activities and turn taking tasks with peers. This will eventually lead to independent completion of tasks.

Aims of Attention Autism include the teaching of attention, interaction and communication skills, for the student to follow an adult led agenda. and the student sustaining attention for up to 10 mins.

How is it used / delivered/ who is responsible?

Attention Autism is delivered by teachers, teaching assistants and Speech and Language Therapists in small groups. There are 4 phases starting from bucket time - focus (stage 1), attention builder- Sustain (stage 2), turn taking games - Shift (stage 3) and watching a demonstration and replicate that task -Transition (stage 4)

  1. Focus
  2. Sustain
  3. Shift
  4. Transition (Focus Shift Sustain, Focus Shift Sustain, Focus Shift Sustain)

Who are the people I need to talk to for more information / support?

Teacher/therapist

Can I use it at home?

In accordance with the key principles Attention Autism should be in a group, however you can do attention building activities at home. For example using highly motivating toys which could include messy play, play dough, sensory toys, bubbles etc.. see pages on play.

Further reading

 

Handle  Technique

What is it?

  • Handle is the sight reading of whole words whereby pupils use a visual prompt which they associate with the word. For example when reading ‘Mum’ they would associate a photo of their Mum with the whole word. The associated image is then faded away until it is no longer there at all and the student can then read the word without the visual support.

What are the aims?

  • For pupils to sight read whole words fluently.

How is it used / delivered/ who is responsible?

  • Handle is delivered on a 1:1 basis minimum three times a week

Who are the people I need to talk to for more information / support?

  • Pamela, speech and language team.

Can I use it at home?

  • Yes! Ask your teacher to use the resources from school.

 

Further reading

 

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10349120120115325