Once you’ve got your report, what do you do with the information? TALi DETECT

TALi DETECT results:

The first step is to look at a child’s DETECT attention scores.

If your child’s overall attention score is Below or Far Below Average, this indicates that your child shows a lower level of attention skills when compared with age-, and gender-matched peers in our normative sample. This normative sample includes the DETECT data from 300+ Australian children between the ages of 3 and ~7.5. To better understand what a Below Average or Far Below Average means in this context, let’s look at a case study. Jack’s overall attention score falls in Far Below Average range. Given the normal distribution of the DETECT scores, it means Jack’s score is in similar range as only 2% of the population of Australian children his age and gender. In such cases, we’d recommend that you first ensure the test environment was suitable for administering DETECT. If it was (i.e. you followed our recommended procedures for running DETECT), we’d recommend consulting with your healthcare professional and seeking their advice.

If your child’s overall attention score is Slightly Below Average, this could most often represent a typical or expected variation in typical preschool/school child development. Nothing to worry about although it would be a good idea to monitor them for any symptoms of behavioural inattention in the next few weeks and, if you prefer to, repeat DETECT in 3 weeks to 1 month to monitor any changes (or stability) of their cognitive attention skills.