TALI Train: Improving childhood attention and learning using game-based technology

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Hannah Kirk
over 2 years ago

Most of us take for granted the ability to stay focused on a task, but attention may be the most important skill you have. It doesn’t just allow you to concentrate on a task; it allows you to switch your attention, prevent impulsive responding and has been highlighted as a significant predictor of educational and vocational outcomes. Children with poor attention skills are shown to have fewer social relationships, greater risk of incarceration and substance abuse, as well as having increased vulnerability for mental health issues. Early intervention is the key to reducing long term health, education and social problems.

However, current treatment options are sparse with the most common intervention comprising psycho-stimulant medication, such as Ritalin. Although there is a significant need for non-pharmacological options, often these alternatives require multiple clinical appointment across several locations and are therefore expensive and time consuming. As a result, many children miss out on life-changing interventions.

TALI Train is the first non-pharmacological intervention designed to directly target attention skills early in childhood. Designed as a five- week clinical intervention, the program is accessed via a home-based tablet, making it available to users across a wide range of geographical locations. TALI Train also provides instant access to the child’s progress via inbuilt analytics. The program has been proven, through scientifically validated clinical trials, to improve attention by strengthening underlying attentional processes. Critically, improvements were retained
up to 3 months after treatment had stopped, suggesting that benefits are long-term.

TALI Train is crucial as currently too many children enter the education system at a considerable disadvantage as a result of attention difficulties, and subsequently struggle to engage and learn within the classroom. This novel intervention provides the first step in a new approach to supporting children’s access to and participation in education.


Dr Kirk is currently an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at Monash University. Dr Kirk’s work focuses on understanding and improving cognitive, behavioural and academic skills in early childhood. Her tran...

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