Kid-Eze Therapy Services

Attention Skills Assessment for Secondary School Students – NEW!!!

We look at attention from both a cognitive and sensory perspective. Using our new assessments - The Test of Everyday Attention for Children - we are able to combine the results with information from the Adolescent Sensory Profile Questionnaire (completed by students 11 years and older) to provide a more thorough assessment of a student’s attention skills.

The Test of Everday Attention for Children is a standardised assessment for children across different attentional capacities.

Current research points to there being different kinds of attention that rely on different brain systems.  It means that a child may have problems with one sort of attention and not with another. The 9 subtests provide separate measures of:

  • Selective attention: The ability to resist distraction; to sort through information and to work out what is really important.
  • Sustained attention: The ability to keep one’s mind on a job, which may do very little to ‘grab’ attention itself, but is necessary to achieve a goal. This is particularly important for tasks that may not be of interest to the student, but is an essential classroom task.
  • Switching attention: This is the ability to switch the focus of attention smoothly between one thing and another. For instance, being able to divide your attention between what the teacher is saying, and what the student is doing.

Other areas of attention that we can also provide information about include:

  • ‘Orients’: The ability to ‘grab’ the student’s attention.
  • Levels of Alertness: The optimal state for learning is ‘just right’ - not ‘too high’ and not ‘too low’.

Information from both assessments also helps to identify preferred styles of learning: visual, auditory, movement or touch-based learning.

All of this information then helps us to provide more ‘appropriate’ recommendations to improve on a student’s ability to attend in class.