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Attention Issues in Class

My 8-year-old step-daughter is an only child. At home, she’s very relaxed and skilled at entertaining herself. We see no attention problems. However, her second-grade teacher is convinced she has attention issues. What gives?

You certainly need more information from the teacher than that your step-daughter has an attention problem. Find out from her teacher specifically when she isn’t paying attention and whether it is seriously affecting her learning. It would probably be helpful to go to school and observe how the child is behaving in the classroom.

One reason that you may not see any attention problems in your home is because there are fewer distractions there than in a classroom with other children involved in different activities.

Many young children have to learn how to focus in the classroom and are inattentive at times. You can find out more about the symptoms of attention problems at these two excellent websites: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (, which gives an overview of attention deficit and how to manage. The second is ADDitude: Living Well with Attention Deficit ( Generally speaking, a serious attention problem needs to be manifested in more than one setting

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