What is it?
Sustained Attention is the basic ability to look at, listen to and think about classroom tasks over a period of time. All teaching and learning depend on it. Without attention, new learning simply does not happen, and issues of understanding and memory are of no relevance.
Attention in the classroom results from a combination of the child’s internal ability to sustain attention and the “attention getting” power of the lesson material. Teaching cannot be successful without both; a teacher cannot be so interesting all the time to make up for a child’s lack of internal ability to sustain attention. In children with attention problems, the brain systems that sustain attention seem to be slow and incomplete in their development. Popular over-stimulating attention-getting devices like video games or television may exacerbate the situation by weakening the child’s own internal ability to sustain attention. ACTIVATE™ brain training exercises are designed to be fun and interesting , but they require the child to use and develop his or her own internal abilities to sustain attention on tasks that grow increasingly lengthy and complex.