How health shapes young children's academic outcomes, and opportunities to intervene
Grant number: DE140100751 | Funding period: 2014 - 2017
Every year, about 280,000 Australian children make the crucial transition from preschool to formal education. Within this population, there is a wide range of learning capabilities and levels of preparedness. Children who have difficulties during the early years have greater risk of poorer academic and social outcomes. This project aims to determine how children's academic outcomes are shaped by common physical health problems during the early years of school and how best to address these problems within the traditional school setting. This will inform future research as to the opportunities to help all children have the best opportunity to learn so they can reach their academic potential.
Related publications (19)
Implementing a School-Based Sleep Intervention in the First Year of Elementary School: Voices of the School Nurses as Intervention Deliverers
Kate Paton, Kah-Ling Sia, Rebecca Peat, Julie Stecher, Jon Quach
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Elementary school nurses are an important component of health care systems. However, translational research ..
Trends in the prevalence and distribution of teacher-identified special health-care needs across three successive population cohorts
Meredith O'Connor, Elodie O'Connor, Jon Quach, Rakhi Vashishtha, Sharon Goldfeld
AIM: Some children's special health-care needs (SHCN) are formalised at the start of schooling (established SHCN), but a larger pr..
Changes in verbal and visuospatial working memory from Grade 1 to Grade 3 of primary school: Population longitudinal study
E Nicolaou, J Quach, J Lum, G Roberts, M Spencer-Smith, S Gathercole, PJ Anderson, FK Mensah, M Wake
BACKGROUND: Adaptive working memory training is being implemented without an adequate understanding of developmental trajectories ..
Do Fathers' Home Reading Practices at Age 2 Predict Child Language and Literacy at Age 4?
Jon Quach, Anna Sarkadi, Natasha Napiza, Melissa Wake, Amy Loughman, Sharon Goldfeld
BACKGROUND: Maternal shared reading practices predict emergent literacy, but fathers' contributions are less certain. We examined ..
Bidirectional Associations Between Child Sleep Problems and Internalizing and Externalizing Difficulties From Preschool to Early Adolescence
Jon L Quach, Cattram D Nguyen, Kate E Williams, Emma Sciberras
Importance: Although multiple cross-sectional and longitudinal studies have established that sleep problems and behavioral difficu..
Special Health Care Needs Across the School and Family Contexts: Implications for Service Utilization
Meredith O'Connor, Stefanie Rosema, Jon Quach, Amanda Kvalsvig, Sharon Goldfeld
OBJECTIVE: A fifth of children enter school with special health care needs (SHCN), many of whom have difficulties that are milder ..
Sleep problems in the first year of elementary school: The role of sleep hygiene, gender and socioeconomic status
Laura K Uebergang, Sarah J Arnup, Harriet Hiscock, Esther Care, Jon Quach
OBJECTIVES: To determine (1) the relationship between sleep hygiene practices and parent-reported child sleep problems in students..
Sleep timing and child and parent outcomes in Australian 4-9-year-olds: a cross-sectional and longitudinal study
Jon Quach, Anna MH Price, Michael Bittman, Harriet Hiscock
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to use national Australian time-diary data to examine both (1) cross-sectionally and (2) long..
Academic Outcomes 2 Years After Working Memory Training for Children With Low Working Memory: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
M WAKE, G Roberts, J Quach, M Spencer-Smith, P Anderson, S Gathercole, L Gold, KL Sia, F Mensah, J Ainley
IMPORTANCE Working memory trainingmay help children with attention and learning difficulties, but robust evidence from population-..
Cross-sectional sleep thresholds for optimal health and wellbeing in Australian 4-9-year-olds
AMH Price, Jon Quach, Melissa Wake, M Bittman, Hiscock Hiscock
Aim: Using national Australian time-diary data, we aimed to empirically determine sleep duration thresholds beyond which children ..
Learning Trajectories of Children With Special Health Care Needs Across the Severity Spectrum
Sharon Goldfeld, Meredith O'Connor, Jon Quach, Joanne Tarasuik, Amanda Kvalsvig
OBJECTIVE: A significant proportion of school-aged children experience special health care needs (SCHN) and seek care from pediatr..
Schooling Duration Rather Than Chronological Age Predicts Working Memory Between 6 and 7 Years: Memory Maestros Study
Gehan Roberts, Jon Quach, Fiona Mensah, Susan Gathercole, Lisa Gold, Peter Anderson, Megan Spencer-Smith, Melissa Wake
OBJECTIVE: Low working memory (WM) is strongly linked with poor academic outcomes. WM capacity increases across childhood but how ..
Poor Sleep and Lower Working Memory in Grade 1 Children: Cross-Sectional, Population-Based Study
Miree Cho, Jon Quach, Peter Anderson, Fiona Mensah, Melissa Wake, Gehan Roberts
OBJECTIVE: Poor sleep and working memory difficulties are both associated with learning difficulties, but it is not known whether ..
Children's sleep patterns from 0 to 9 years: Australian population longitudinal study
Anna MH Price, Judith E Brown, Michael Bittman, Melissa Wake, Jon Quach, Harriet Hiscock
OBJECTIVE: To provide accurate population normative data documenting cross-sectional, age-specific sleep patterns in Australian ch..