Hyperfocus enables EPIC students to exhibit a single-minded concentration on what they consider to be an interesting task or subject. Given an exciting project to work on, they are entirely absorbed, there is no stopping them! Hyperfocus can be a valuable skill in, say, the IT industry, when they are older.
EPIC students can concentrate on small details and any changes in detail. Focusing on minutiae, usually visual, can enable EPIC students to switch off peripheral vision, and block out everything else to avoid sensory overload. This is a lifesaver for those on the ASD spectrum, and a great skill for anyone working in a noisy environment.
Of course, for topics they are less interested in, EPIC students may struggle to be motivated to carry out a task they consider boring. One way around this may be to focus on the bigger question of WHY such activity is essential.
Focusing on something they really want to do provides EPIC students with more energy and commitment to the topic.
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