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Attention Autism

Attention Autism is an intervention model designed by Gina Davies, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. It aims to develop natural and spontaneous communication through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities. The primary objective is that the sessions are fun and “offer an irresistible invitation to learn”!

Aims of Attention Autism

  • To engage attention in adult-led activities
  • To improve joint attention and to develop shared enjoyment in group activities
  • To encourage spontaneous interaction in a natural group setting
  • To increase non-verbal and verbal communication through commenting
  • To build a wealth and depth of vocabulary
  • To have fun!

Attention Autism consists of 4 stages.

Stage 1- the bucket, this gains pupils’ attention with three exciting toys or objects.

Stage 2- where attention is sustained through an adult demonstrating an engaging task.

Stage 3- interactive games where pupils have the opportunity to learn about turn-taking

Stage 4- independent tasks

We have over 25 teachers, Intervention Assistants and specialist TAs trained by Gina Davies to deliver Attention Autism and plan to roll out specialised training for Teaching Assistants in how to support this approach in the classroom.

Our Attention Autism Champions are Brooke Wright (school) and Silvia Corradini (college).

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