The Science of Learning Blog

August 30, 2018

Building Listening Skills to Improve Focus and Attention

BY Carrie Gajowski, MA

Have you ever gotten frustrated or impatient with a child who doesn’t appear to be paying attention? When a child is restless or inattentive at home or in the classroom, it can be hard to maintain your own focus on how best to help them.

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Understanding Attention Spans

First things first: What is a normal attention span for kids?  That depends what it is you’re expecting them to pay attention to. There are a number of tests and diagnostic tools to help us understand attention spans, but they measure different things. 

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