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Attention Autism

Attention AutismTM is an intervention model designed by Gins Davies, Specialist Speech and Language  Therapist. It aims to develop natural and spontaneous communciation through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities. Gina's primary objective is that the sessions are fun and "offer and irrestible invitation to learn"!


Aims of Attention AutismTM


  1. To engage attention

  2. To improve joint attention

  3. To develop shared enjoyment in group activities

  4. To increase attention in adult-led activities

  5. To encourage spontaneous interaction in a natural group setting

  6. To increase non-verbal and verbal communication through commenting

  7. To build a wealth and depth of vocabulary

  8. To have fun!


Stages of Attention AutismTM


The Attention AutismTM programme progresses through a series of stages, building on each skill level. Each new stage is introduced when the child is ready to expand attention skills. We start with Stage 1 and gradually progress to the next stages once the child is ready.


Stage 1: The Bucket to Focus Attention


A bucket is filled with visually engaging toys, aiming to teach childesn how to focus their attention. The lead adult presents a toy to the group and uses simple vocabulary to make comments on the objects.

Stage 2:The Attention Builder


Highly appealing and visually stimulating practical activities are presented to the group by the lead adult. This stage aims to sustain the attention and concentration for a longer period.



Stage 3: The Interactive Game - Turn Taking and Shifting Attention


A simple engaging activity is demonstrated by the lead adult who then invites some children to have a turn. Children learn how to shift their attention to their own individual participation adn then back to the group. They also learn essential skills of sharing, understanding missing a turn, turn-taking and waiting.

Stage 4: Individual Activity - Focus, Shift and Re-engage Attention


The lead adult demonstrates a simple creative task and then gives each child an individual kit to copy. Children focus their attention in a group to watch a demonstration, then shift their attention to an individual activity adn lastly return attention to the group to show their completed task. Children learn how to transition from one place to another and also build their independence skills following instructions.