My child seems to become deaf when I tell them to do something. What should I do to make them listen?

Gaining or sustaining a child's attention, particularly at a time when they are concentrating on something else, or are being told to tidy up, or to stop doing what they want to do, can be a challenge. It is often best to try to make eye contact, speak slowly and avoid yelling out from the other side of a room. Prefacing the statement with, "I need you to listen to me for a minute", sometimes helps. Trying to gain a child's attention whilst they are playing with a computer or watching TV or video is at times almost impossible, and so pausing the show or game for a moment is also helpful.