Are you interested in the possibility of improving the visual attention skills of a child under your care? You may want to try our innovative on-line Visual Attention Exercise below. The Exercise is fun and enjoyable to the child, but at the same time it provides a valuable opportunity for improving attention skills. The Exercise is administered directly on this web page, but it is web-based and you need to remain connected for it to work. Typically the Exercise takes about 10 minutes to complete. We recommend that you use a laptop or other computer, since it has not yet been optimized for use with mobile devices. You can learn more about it and what to expect by reading below. When you are ready, just click the "nose" in the picture below to get started!
More About the Visual Attention Exercise
The Visual Attention Exercise measures and analyzes key characteristics of the child’s visual attention, and determines whether the child might benefit from repeating the Exercise. The Exercise is an outgrowth of more than thirty years of visual attention research by our Psychologist (more), and it can be effective in improving attention skills that can enhance learning. We have found that the Exercise is best suited for young children in the 5-7 year age group, but it can provide valuable information for individuals of any age. Reports are automatically generated that analyze and explain the findings, and indicate whether or not there might be improvement of attention skills resulting from repeating the Exercise. The reports are updated after each phase of the Exercise is completed. You can pause and look at what the report has to say so far at any time, but be sure to use the buttons at the bottom to return to the Exercise and continue. Although you are welcome to take a look at the report at any time, the pauses can be a distraction to the child and reduce the effectiveness of the Exercise.
What to expect. The Exercise takes the form of a sequence of visual displays, and the individual is provided a choice. The choice is made by selecting one of the two or more visual elements presented on the screen. Each time a correct choice is made, the screen flashes to provide positive feedback. Throughout the session the individual can also keep track of a posted score (indicating the number of correct choices) as a reward. The results are automatically analyzed to assess several key visual attention characteristics. A sophisticated multiple assessment technique is employed for the analysis, which provides an innovative and sensitive measure of those characteristics. A printable report is generated that not only explains the findings, but also indicates whether repeating the Exercise would be beneficial. The report addresses three main areas:
Learning Efficiency - determines how quickly the child attends to the relevant features of visual material.
Attention Durability - determines the extent to which attention to relevant visual cues is disrupted when complex educational material is presented.
Attention Focus - identifies the ease with which attention can be directed to relevant features in the visual environment, which is important for learning complex material.
Although the Exercise is fully self-contained, there are ways you can make it even more effective for young children in particular. We have found, for example, that it can be beneficial to offer a simple verbal praise (“Good!”) when the screen flashes after each correct response, and to say or do nothing when an error occurs. We have also found it can be effective to tell the child at the beginning that s/he will be earning points, and will have an opportunity at the end to trade them for a reward, like a snack, small toy, or recreational activity. This will make the score even more reinforcing, and encourage the child to continue to the end of the Exercise (typically about 10 minutes).