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You’re probably viewing this because your child scored high on the domain of attention and activity in My Mind Check.

First, My Mind Check does not make a diagnosis relating to attention. This is best done by a health professional. But it can tell us if your child has expressed concerns about concentration when they did the check-in. 

Attention relates to how children and young people focus on tasks, and how they maintain their concentration to that task without being distracted. It also includes the ability to effectively switch attention between tasks (for example, completing different elements of homework). Many students can find it difficult to concentrate for sustained periods at school or may become restless throughout the day. 

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Each child and young person is unique, with varying levels of attention. Some can focus on a single task for extended periods, while others need breaks or changes in activities to maintain interest. However, some may experience this to a degree that can have a significant impact on their learning and their daily life, at school and at home. This could impact their academic progress, their ability to connect with friends and peers, engagement with co-curricular activities, and their self-esteem.

There may be several reasons why a child or young person may be experiencing difficulties with attention. As a parent, you may like to also consider the following in the context of your child’s difficulties with attention:  

  • anxiety
  • sleep
  • adjusting to change (for example, moving house; parent separation; changing schools, teachers or academic year) 
  • ADHD or a specific learning disorder  
  • medical issue requiring a review with your child’s GP 
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Fact sheets

ADHD in children and adolescents (5-18 years)

Information on the characteristics of ADHD and ways to get a diagnosis in children and young people aged 5-18 years. What it is/symptoms for diagnosis and how to get a diagnosis
5-18 years

ADHD in children and pre-teens

Strategies for home and school support, as well as medication options
5-11 years

ADHD: supporting adolescents

Information on strategies for support at home and school, as well as medication considerations
12-18 years

How to help your teenager avoid distractions while studying

Effective ways for parents to help your adolescent avoid study distractions
12-19 years

Programs

There are several evidence-based programs that can assist children and young people with their attention, leading to improvements in their everyday life.  

ADHD for Parents

Short course (5 hours) which aims to support parents and carers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Referral required
No

Costs
Free

School age

ParentWorks

An online program for parents and caregivers which teaches them skills to manage challenging child behaviours

Referral required
No

Costs
Free

Ages 2-17

Triple P | Positive Parenting Program

An online program which provides parents and caregivers with a toolkit of strategies, skills and knowledge to create a closer bond with their child and support their learning, development and emotional wellbeing

Referral required
No

Costs
Free

Ages 0-12

Service finders

If you are seeking support for your child’s attention/activity concerns, use these service finders to explore what services may be appropriate.

Head to Health

Provides resources to help your child understand and manage what they’re feeling and connect them to mental health support

Headspace

Find a headspace centre for your child. Headspace centres are located throughout Australia and are staffed with people who are trained and ready to help

Headspace Regional Phone Counselling Service

Provides support to students living in areas with less accessibility to mental health services by providing digital mental health support via credentialled clinicians during school hours

Find a GP (General Practitioner)

Find a GP suitable for your child’s needs, with options to search for bulk billing practices, opening hours, access needs, and location

Find a Psychologist

Find a psychologist suitable for your child’s needs, with options to search by issue and location. Your child may wish to see a GP prior to making an appointment with a psychologist, to gain a referral or Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from the GP