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Attention and concentration help us to select and focus on what is important and maintain our attention over time. After an acquired brain injury, attention and concentration may be disrupted, leading to a variety of problems.
Attention is the process of concentrating on one thing. We use our attention and concentration skills every day, often without really noticing them. Sometimes we need to pay attention to two or more important things at the one time, and may need to switch back and forth between activities quickly (e.g. copying work from the board at the same time as listening to the teacher explain the information).
Attention and concentration difficulties can be formally identified by having a neuropsychological assessment. A neuropsychologist can develop ways to manage and help a child with attention and concentration difficulties that are tailor made to their particular cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
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Reviewed September 2020.
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