Efficacy of a computer-based cognitive training program to enhance planning skills in 5 to 7-year-old normally-developing children

Sonia Gisela Ríos Cruz, Teresa Olivares Pérez, Sergio Hernández Expósito, Holman Diego Bolívar Barón, Margaret Gillon Dowens, Moisés Betancort Montesinos

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Abstract

We designed and evaluated the efficacy of a computer-based cognitive training program (Executive Function Enhancement Program [EFEP]) to stimulate executive functions through enhancing planning in normally-developing children. A total of 111 Colombian children participated in the study. Fifty-nine (53%) of the children were assigned to the experimental condition (application of the EFEP program) with two levels of planning performance, and fifty-two (47%) to the waiting list control condition with the same two levels of planning. The training program was applied three times a week over six weeks, with post-intervention assessment two weeks after the end of training. A follow-up assessment was carried out three months later. Results showed that the intervention program was particularly effective in the children with lower pre-intervention performance in planning, demonstrating that the program is an efficient therapeutic instrument for enhancing the executive function of planning in children between 5 and 7 years old.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-30
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Neuropsychology: Child
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Children
  • cognitive-training
  • executive functions
  • neuropsychological intervention
  • planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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