Concentration in context

Young children are better than adults at some types of attention and learning, but find others much more challenging. Concentration – defined by psychologists as our ability to ‘choose’ what we pay attention to, and what we ignore – is one of the areas that shows the slowest rate of development in children compared to adults.

Why do children find concentrating such a challenge? And what can we do about it? In this talk, Dr Sam Wass presents the latest, cutting-edge research into how children concentrate differently to adults, why some children find it harder to concentrate than others, and how some things are easy to concentrate on than others. He also offers practical tips for practitioners working with young children for whom concentration is a particular challenge.