Effect of Neuroscience-Based Cognitive Skill Training on Growth of Cognitive Deficits Associated with Learning Disabilities in Children Grade 2-4

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Effect of Neuroscience-Based Cognitive Skill Training on Growth of Cognitive Deficits Associated with Learning Disabilities in Children Grade 2-4

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“Effect of Neuroscience-Based Cognitive Skill Training on Growth of Cognitive Deficits Associated with Learning Disabilities in Children Grade 2-4.”  Sarah Abitbol Avtzon. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal.  Vol 18 (3), 2012: pp. 111-122.

Product Studied:           BrainWare SAFARI

Subjects     40 students in Grades 2, 3 and 4 in 2 schools, diagnosed as having a specific learning disability (SLD), randomly assigned to treatment and non-treatment groups.  All students continued to receive the standard reading and math interventions to which they were entitled because of their SLD diagnosis.
Usage3 to 5 sessions per week, 30-45 minutes per session, 12 weeks
AssessmentWoodcock Johnson III Cognitive Battery and Tests of Achievement

Summary of Findings:  Students in the study who used BrainWare SAFARI for 12 weeks improved their cognitive functioning by 2.8 years, compared to 2 months for the control group.  This improvement raised the students’ overall cognitive proficiency level from 64% to 89% where 90% is the expected performance for a normally developing student.  Students in the control group improved just one percentage point, from 63% to 64% proficiency.  Students in the treatment group improved their reading and math scores by 0.8 and 1.0 grade equivalent respectively over the 12 weeks.

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