Journal article

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

JAMA Pediatrics | American Medical Association | Published : 2016

Abstract

IMPORTANCE Working memory trainingmay help children with attention and learning difficulties, but robust evidence from population-level randomized controlled clinical trials is lacking. OBJECTIVE To test whether a computerized adaptive working memory intervention program improves long-term academic outcomes of children 6 to 7 years of age with low working memory compared with usual classroom teaching. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Population-based randomized controlled clinical trial of first graders from 44 schools in Melbourne, Australia, who underwent a verbal and visuospatial working memory screening. Children were classified as having low working memory if their scores were below ..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health Medical Research Council in Australia


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The trial is funded by the National Health Medical Research Council in Australia, as follows: Project Grant 1005317; Early Career Fellowship 607384 (Dr Roberts); Senior Research Fellowship 1046518 (Dr Wake); Capacity Building Grant 425855 and Early Career Fellowship 1035100 (Dr Gold); Senior Research Fellowship 1081288 (Dr Anderson); and Capacity Building Grant 436914 and Early Career Fellowship 1037449 (Dr Mensah). Dr Quach is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award DE140100751. The project also received support through the Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language, which is funded by the National Health Medical Research Council in Australia and based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, which is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program.