Self-directed Attention

Self-Directed Attention includes programs that build attending skills from relying on instructions to establish attention to attending to the correct environmental stimuli at the correct time to effectively splitting attention to multiple targets. Initiating eye contact, working in a larger classroom, and following along with a group conversation, among other skills, are all elements of self-directed attention.


3 to 5 mins presentation on theory concepts


Practical exemplars to demonstrate in phases


Additional information
on skills


Printable ABA tools to be used in lessons

Program Videos

Contingencies – Eye Token

This is a paying attention program. The purpose of the program is to teach students to learn to look at the therapist in order to make an initiation. A token economy is used to help establish this contingency.

Slapjack 2

This program teaches a student to pay closer visual attention.

2-Step Imitation with Objects

This program teaches students to learn to pay attention to a teacher’s task demonstration and be able to do it afterwards. This program targets student’s attention skills and self-control skills.