Clients find it fun to practice and easier to maintain focus with fifty activities that build attention skills using a deck of playing cards.
- Increase duration of attention
- Develop selective, alternating, and divided attention
The convenient pocket-size book has fifty activities to train these types of attention:
- Sustained Attention—working on a particular task over an extended period of time
- Selective Attention—responding to a stimulus in the presence of competing stimuli
- Alternating Attention—shifting attention appropriately from one area to another
- Divided Attention—performing more than one activity at once or process multiple stimuli at once
The activities gradually increase in difficulty beginning with the completion of one-step, repetitive tasks (Sustained Attention) and progressing to tasks that require the processing of multiple details simultaneously (Divided Attention). The challenge, pace, and familiarity of the cards is a natural motivator for clients!
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My patient enjoyed completing the tasks in CARDS Memory and reported that he was teaching them to his spouse! After participating in the drill sets, I noticed improvements in the way he was able to recall information. I found CARDS Memory and CARDS Attention to be useful in varying healthcare settings.
Amanda Bray-Hooker, SLP
- Effective treatment should be provided to individuals with cognitive-communication disorders, including problems in the ability to attend to, perceive, organize, and remember information; to reason and to solve problems; and to execute self-regulation of cognitive, language, and social skills (ASHA, 2004).
- Therapeutic services should address client and family preferences, goals, and special needs to enhance participation and improve functioning in important life activities. Materials and approaches should be appropriate to the client's chronological and developmental age; medical status; physical and sensory abilities; education; vocation; cognitive status; and cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic background (ASHA, 2004).
- Rehabilitation services may include instruction of family/caregivers, peers, and educators in how to facilitate functioning and enhance participation in the prescribed therapeutic activities (ASHA, 2004).
- Services may improve self-regulatory control over cognitive, language, and social skills to initiate and inhibit, self-monitor, solve problems, and think and act strategically (ASHA, 2004).
- Processes of attention form the foundation for all other cognitive processes, including those necessary for accurate information processing and storage. Attention is necessary for memory processing and for linguistic and nonlinguistic perception and comprehension (Hartley,1995).
CARDS Cognition, Attention and Recall Drill Set Attention incorporates the above principles and adheres to standards of professional practice.
American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA). (2004). Preferred practice patterns for the profession of speech-language pathology. http://www.asha.org/policy
Hartley, L.L. (1995). Cognitive-communicative abilities following brain injury: A functional approach. San Diego: Singular Publishing Group, Inc.