Impact of Attention On Learning Abilities
Learning difficulties are often classified as difficulties in reading, writing and arithmetic. Learning disabilities are more severe cases of long lasting impairments which affects roughly 4% of Australians. Research shows that attention skills are a predictor of academic success. Children who had strong attention in the early school years were 60% more likely to graduate from high school. By the fifth grade, children with even a few attention difficulties had lower reading scores and lower grades than their peers. Improving attention in early childhood can have a huge impact on the ability to learn and has a direct impact on later academic outcomes.