Attention Interventions


  • Make certain student’s hearing has recently been checked.
  • Seat the student close to the source of sound.
  • Stand directly in front of the student when delivering information.
  • Make certain the student is attending (e.g., making eye contact,hands free of materials, etc.) before delivering directions, instructions or explanations.
  • Maintain visibility to and from the student at all times in order to ensure he/she is attending.
  • Make certain that competing sounds (e.g., talking, movement, noise) are silenced when directions are being given.
  • Stop at various points when delivering directions in order to ensure that the student is attending.
  • Have the student verbally repeat information he/she hears.
  • Seat the student far enough away from peers in order to ensure his/her ability to attend to sounds in the immediate environment successfully.
  • Have a peer provide the student with the information he/she does not hear.
  • Reduce visual distractions in the classroom.
  • Use a study carrel (provide extra so student is not singled out).
  • Seat student next to teacher, distance affects disinterest.
  • Seat student away from windows and doorway.
  • Provide time suggestions for each task.
  • Give more frequent but shorter tests or quizzes