At Manor School all classes use Attention Autism activities daily to help our children learn to focus and sustain their attention on a sequence of learning activities whilst encouraging opportunities for all children to comment and communicate about something that excites and motivates them.
All class based staff attend regular Attention Autism training and we have our own highly trained Attention Autism proactitioner, Amy Mc Nicolas, who supports and trains all staff. This approach to developing more effective attention skills was designed by Gina Davies, a specialist speech and language therapist.
The strategy consists of 4 stages that build on each other:
- The Attention Grabber: helping pupils to learn to focus their attention
- The Attention Builder: helping pupils to learn to sustain their focussed attention
- The Turn Taking Game: helping pupils to learn to shift and re-focus their attention to take a turn
- The Individual Task: helping pupils take the skills they are learning at stages 1-3 and apply them in to a task they complete by themselves
Manor School has made significant investment in constantly developing new and exciting resources that are used across the school in Attention Autism sessions and staff have had the opportunity to attend regular refresher training and develop and share their own ideas with each other as part of the school’s cycle of Wednesday afternoon training and meetings. The development of Attention Autism practice is being championed by a group of class staff working across all three key stages and it is great to see children of all ages and abilities in school enjoying and benefiting from their Attention Autism sessions.
The video below shows Gina talking about benefits and importance of Attention Autism.