LIVING WITH EPILEPSY/SCHOOL: LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR – ATTENTION PROBLEMS AND HYPERACTIVITY
LIVING WITH EPILEPSY/SCHOOL: LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR – ATTENTION PROBLEMS AND HYPERACTIVITYIn order to learn, you must pay attention to what is being taught. Teachers know that the attention span of young children is short. Therefore they teach in short blocks of time interspersed with activities such as marching around the room or recess. As the child gets older (as the nervous system and attention span mature), the child is able to sit and to concentrate or attend for increasingly long periods of time. Thus, a potential cause of a learning problem in the early years of school is that the child’s nervous system is not yet sufficiently mature to allow the child to attend for long periods of time.Another cause of attention problems could be that the child is not sufficiently bright to keep up with what is going on in the class and, therefore, is easily distracted. The other side of that coin is the very bright child who is bored by the slow pace of the class, her mind wandering to fill the time. A child who hasn’t eaten and is hungry may also be less likely to pay attention. A child with insufficient sleep may have similar problems. There are many different reasons for a child’s not paying attention in school.*244\208\8*
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