Step into any classroom and you’ll hear it twenty times before lunch - ‘Pay attention!’
But did you know that it’s one of the least effective ways to ask autistic kids to focus?
WHY IT'S A PROBLEM
WHAT TO DO INSTEAD
Learn the signs of inattention
Don’t say anything
Give them time
Allow them to concentrate in their own way
Explain what you want
Figure out why it’s hard
It's really about the difference between telling them to concentrate and helping them to do that - so next time you find yourself saying 'pay attention' take a moment to see if there's a better way to get the message across.
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