Exercises to improve attention
1. Matching Shapes
This first activity is perfect for training selective attention in adults. The client has to find the matching shapes among various figures. The therapist will select the level of difficulty (from basic to advanced) that is most appropriate for the given individual:
2. Organize the Bookcase
This exercise to improve attention requires a great deal of concentration. The client has to organize the objects in the bookcase just like in the model but must pay close attention because the model is in a mirror! This activity targets sustained attention and selective attention, as well as hemineglect, spatial relations, and processing speed.
Do you want to try it?
This should be the result. Did it turn out well?
3. Picture Maze
This activity to improve attention is designed exclusively for children. In this exercise, the child has to travel along a maze of pictures following various instructions while alternating from one figure to another. This activity trains selective attention and alternating attention.
First try at basic level.
In this example, the client has to help Oscar score a basket. To do so, John has to:
- Travel from one square to another until reaching the blue square.
- Then follow the red circles until arriving at the blue circle.
- Switch again to the red squares until you reach the basket.
Check the solution below to see if you got it right.
And now, do you dare to do the advanced level?
In this case you have to help Rich get in shape. To do so, you have to go from asparagus to right-pointing fish, to asparagus again, and so on and so forth until the end. And here’s a clue: you can move diagonally as well!
More complicated, right? Check out the solution in the picture below:
4. Space Conquest
This is an activity for children that takes place in outer space. The kids have to go from planet to planet until reaching their destination. It is an ideal exercise for training spatial relations, sustained attention, inhibition, planning, and processing speed.
5. Sorting Bugs
This activity involves sorting the moving insects so that each type is on its own corresponding side. This activity trains planning, selective attention, sustained attention, hemineglect and processing speed.
Let the Games Begin!
Due to its success among our adult clients, a children’s version of this activity has been launched. Let the games begin! gets children to sort the soccer balls on one side and the basketballs on the other.
These activities are just a few examples of exercises to improve attention available at NeuronUP for neurorehabilitation professionals. If you would like to get more information about these or other exercises, click here.