Occupational Therapy -> Executive Function -> Attention


Attention is a cognitive process in which an individual focuses on one or more aspects of his or her environment. There are different types of attention including divided, selective, and sustained.

Related Disorder(s)

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

Goal Bank

  • Reuben will attend to therapist selected tasks (puzzles, blocks, beads, etc.) for a 10 minute period with no more than 4 verbal cue on 3 out of 4 opportunities as measured by therapist observations and data collection over 4 therapy sessions to demonstrate attention/sustained attention skills. 3
  • Peter will remain seated at their desk during lesson time for 80% of the time with the usage of a May 5, 2023 to support the need for vestibular input by therapy ball . 0
  • Given direct OT intervention, Shawn will demonstrate improved sensory modulation skills as measured by attending to therapist selected tasks for 5 consecutive minutes on 3 out of 4 trials as measured by data collection to demonstrate attention and sustained attention skills over 4 sessions over 3 weeks of therapy. 3
  • Peter's routine will be modified by incorporating 3 movement breaks during the school day in order to enhance attention by March 5, 2023 . 0
  • Peter will remain seated during circle time at school with the usage of a wobble cushion for 5 minutes 4 /5 days a week by the end of the 9 weeks to enhance their role as a student and their attention in academic learning. 0
  • Peter will utilize a crash pad during school day 3 /4 times a day to meet the need for proprioceptive input to promote safe gross motor participation, increase core strength, and enhance attention by May 5, 2023. 0
  • Given unrestricted access to sensory support and multimodal communication option, Jane will willingly participate in adapted oral hygiene 80% of the task, 10 / 14 in days, with visual and fading modeling, for increased participation and functional independence in daily life. 0
  • Ian will successfully copy 6/8 shapes (circle, triangle, square, cross) in 4 /5 trials with min assist and 25% verbal cues for increased graphomotor skills while maintaining an open web space, for optimal participation in a school setting. 0


  • Thanksgiving Menu preview

    Thanksgiving Menu 1

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Resource. Fine Motor Resources. Writing Worksheet. Occupational Therapy Resource. Use this Thanksgiving menu activity to practice handwriting skills.

    Includes activity list
  • Fine Motor Activities 2021 preview

    Fine Motor Activities 2021 2

    Glenna Nave

    Two activity sheets for the new year.

  • S is For Shaving Cream - A Sensory Activity preview

    S is For Shaving Cream - A Sensory Activity 2

    Bethany Ayer

    Sensory Integration Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. This is meant to be a sensory activity which can assist with reducing tactile sensitivity, encourage pre handwriting skills (by drawing ...

  • Birthday Activities preview

    Birthday Activities 1

    Glenna Nave

    Fine Motor Resource. Coloring Resource. Playdoh Resources. Occupational Therapy Resources. Eight birthday-themed activities including play-doh mats, following the directions, tracing, and color by ...

  • Kiki's Bunny Match preview

    Kiki's Bunny Match 3

    Bethany Ayer

    Memory games can promote the development of: • Visual - figure ground skills • Visual -perceptual skills • Executive functioning • Visual discrimination

  • Kiki Plays Tic Tac Toe preview

    Kiki Plays Tic Tac Toe 2

    Bethany Ayer

    Teletherpy. In-Person. A quick way to play tic tac toe! Print out or play on teletherapy!

  • Find and Color- Back to School preview

    Find and Color- Back to School 1

    Glenna Nave

    Visual Discrimination Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Eye-hand. Visual Processing. Locate the eight selected images within the picture and color them in.

    Includes activity list
  • Back to School Word Hunt preview

    Back to School Word Hunt 4

    Bethany Ayer

    A quick 1 page printout to get back in the 'back to school' mindset. Have your client write as many items as they can think of for each category.

    Includes activity list
  • TEIS: OT Referral Checklist preview

    TEIS: OT Referral Checklist 1

    Glenna Nave

    Checklist of common diagnoses and developmental delays that may indicate need for OT referral.

  • Frog Play-Doh Mat preview

    Frog Play-Doh Mat 1

    Glenna Nave

    Fine Motor Resource. Sensory. Worksheets. Play-Doh Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Work on fine motor skills while having the students roll play-doh into small balls with the tips of their...

  • Letter Box Matching - St Patrick’s Day preview

    Letter Box Matching - St Patrick’s Day 2

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Resources. Fine Motor Resources. Letter Recognition Resources. Occupational Therapy Resource. Following the Size Matters Handwriting Program, match the words on the right with the corre...

  • Holiday Breakfast Menu preview

    Holiday Breakfast Menu 4

    Glenna Nave

    Restaurant Ordering Food Resources. Daily Living. Occupational therapy. Handwriting Resource. The holiday breakfast menu features an assortment of breakfast foods and prices to create your own brea...

    Includes activity list
  • Handwriting With Joke Concepts preview

    Handwriting With Joke Concepts 4

    Virginia Ingram, CCC-SLP

    April Fools Day. Use these handwriting worksheets to practice letter formation. This will also help test expressive and receptive language skills as each of the terms are synonyms for jokes or joking.

    Includes activity list
  • Handwriting Board Games preview

    Handwriting Board Games 3

    Krystan Inman

    You can use the handwriting board game with dice in person or dice on the teletherapy platform to address handwriting skills.

  • Kiki's Emotion Bingo! preview

    Kiki's Emotion Bingo! 3

    Bethany Ayer

    Emotional Regulation Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Language Resource. Kiki's Emotion Bingo can be used as an attention game, identifying emotions, problem solving task, as well as to tar...

  • Make With Shapes -- Before School Hygiene and Health preview

    Make With Shapes -- Before School Hygiene and Health 5

    Nate Hill

    This resource provides shapes that can be traced and steps for laying out the completed shapes to create an image. The patient can then match the completed image they created with one of 3 photos. ...

    Includes activity list
  • Think Fast preview

    Think Fast 1

    Glenna Nave

    Directions: Before playing, decide on a time limit i.e. 10, 20, 30 seconds. Turn over a category card and player 1 has the designated amount of time to list something that fits within the category....

  • Zones of Regulation Activities preview

    Zones of Regulation Activities 3

    Glenna Nave

    List of activities to be used with each color zone to get back to the green zone.

    Includes activity list

Reference links

  • Impact of the Application of Behavioral Principles On Children’s Participation In Occupational Therapy From the Therapist’s Perspective 2
    Author: Brown and Myers - Interventions utilizing positive reinforcement, visual schedules, and shaping can contribute to decreased challenging behaviors and increased on-task performance in therapy sessions among participants. Citation: Sandra Brown, Christine Myers; Impact of the Application of Behavioral Principles on Children’s Participation in Occupational Therapy From the Therapist’s Perspective. Am J Occup Ther November 2018, Vol. 72(4_Supplement_1), 7211515231p1. doi: https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-PO3022
  • Interlimb (Bilateral) Coordination and Academic Performance In Elementary School Children 0
    Author: Sheila Cristina Da Silva Pacheco 1, Carl Gabbard 2, Lilian Gerdi Kittel Ries 1, Tatiana Godoy Bobbio 3 - There was a significant difference between groups for Total Motor Composite (P < 0.001), favoring the high group. On regression analysis, there was a significant association between academic performance and Body Coordination. Of the subtests of Body Coordination (Bilateral Coordination and Balance), Bilateral Coordination accounted for the highest impact on academic performance. Of interest here, that subtest consists primarily of gross motor tasks involving interlimb coordination. Conclusion: Overall, there was a positive relationship between motor behavior, in particular activities involving interlimb coordination, and academic performance. Application of these findings in the area of early assessment may be useful in the identification of later academic problems.