How you can set your children up for TALi TRAIN success.
Defining and Measuring Improvements
It’s important you consider your children's individual improvements when measuring the success of the program. This is because every teacher and child have different ideas for what success actually looks like and some improvements aren’t easy to measure. For example, changes in your children's behaviour or temperament in their school life such as greater levels of patience, empathy or emotional control may be difficult to quantify.
Improvements in your children's social and academic skills and general wellbeing are some of the most important areas to monitor as a result of training. If your children are happier with greater social skills and more easily accepting of guidance, they are most likely improving their attentional skills.
Some of the behaviours you can look out to monitor your child’s improvements in the real world include:
- Stronger self-esteem
- Improved academic results
- The ability to stay focused for longer without getting distracted
- Completing a task
- Not interrupting when you’re talking
- Stronger sharing skills
- Listening and absorbing what you’re saying
- Less emotional outbursts
- Sitting at the dinner table without getting fidgety
It’s a great idea to keep a daily journal of your children's behaviour. Jot down observations to track your child’s progress. You can also use the Daily Notes feature which is available in the TALi Train app at the end of each training session.
Complete Your pre-training Assessments
Before your child begins TALi Train, you’ll need to complete the pre-training DETECT and SWAN assessments, which you can find from the TALi Parent Portal.
TALi DETECT is one of the first digital early childhood assessment tools designed to assess children’s attention profile. The tool consists of seven engaging, game-based activities designed to measure key attention skills.
TALi DETECT will help assess whether your children may benefit from professional support or intervention for improving their attention skills.
The SWAN Assessment measures the Strengths and Weakness of ADHD symptoms and Normal behaviour (SWAN) in an individual. It is a widely-used rating scale, adapted from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
This questionnaire forms an integral part of the TALi journey. It provides a subjective assessment of a child’s behavioural attention that complements the child’s performance-based digital TALi DETECT assessment.
Taking 10 minutes to really assess your observations of your children's behaviour will give you a clearer understanding of where your their attention skills may lie. This is also useful in establishing a record of your children's attentional development, which can be used for comparison in the future, particularly after attention training.
You should take your time when completing your answers and try to be as accurate as possible. Although your answers are subjective, they play an incredibly important role in measuring your children's progress.
Game Analytics and Statistics
You’ll also be able to measure and track your children's progress from within the TRAIN tab of the Educator Portal. Here, you can see your children's reaction times and response accuracy across all completed exercises.
Within the portal, you’ll be able to view game play analysis and graphs to help you understand your children's progression in skills. Remember, TALi TRAIN is adaptive. So the demands of the program increase according to your children's playing abilities.
If your children appear to be moving through the program consistently, they will be getting more proficient in each exercise. If, however, they appear to be making more errors, completing fewer levels and is slower as the training course progresses, they may be distracted or disengaged.
Supporting attention outside of TALi TRAIN
It’s important you introduce your children to attention development before the program begins. Encourage your children's parents to play attention-based games and activities with their children that will help prepare them for TALi TRAIN.
Daily life offers many natural opportunities to practice the skills of attention, whether in a learning, work or home environment. For example, tasks that require concentration and extended focus such as reading, word games, number games, puzzles and crosswords. As your children’s skills evolve, you can extend the time they spend on each task to further challenge them and prepare them for the program.
Some examples for attention-based games and activities include:
- Indoor activities such as reading, dominoes and card games like snap or matching pairs
- Parent's cooking with their children and talking through instructions or asking them to measure out ingredients
- Outside games such as ‘I spy’, hopscotch, skittles, ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’ or reading speed limits while in the car
- Numeracy games like counting shells or reading out loud the numbers from your car dashboard
- Multi-tasking activities such as singing the alphabet while clapping hands
Looks like you're ready to start TALi TRAIN
Congratulations! You're now officially ready to start your TALi TRAIN journey. If you have any further questions or feedback you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 082 013.