Early detection of learning problems in children, and identifying difficulties that a student might be having with their attention skills, is essential to ensuring every child gets the most from their education experience. That’s why TALi DETECT was created.
Parents are often the first people to spot fundamental changes in the behaviour of their children, and today’s teachers are also well-versed at identifying some of the early ‘warning’ signs. In many instances, however, observation or perception of a child’s behaviour does not necessary conform to what deeper, more regulated and objective assessment can uncover.
A common scenario we encounter at TALi is when a student suspected of experiencing attention problems tests highly or within the normal attention range in TALi DETECT, or a student not suspected of experiencing attention problems is flagged with attention vulnerabilities in TALi DETECT. Could this mean the DETECT assessment is incorrect? Or does this mean the teacher/parent is wrong? Neither.
It’s important to understand that assuming one outcome for a child and receiving another is actually completely normal and not unusual. Why?
Sometimes at a behavioural level, an observer does not see issues with a child’s attention skills but, at an underlying cognitive level, this child has vulnerabilities. Similarly, there might not be issues with a child’s attention skills at a cognitive level but an observer might identify issues on a behavioural level. That’s why objective measures such as TALi DETECT have been developed to fill this gap.
We’re often asked what to do when this situation arises. In general, we suggest looking at this situation from behavioural and cognitive perspectives.
Behavioural attention issues
If a teacher or parent observes a child with behavioural attention issues, and that observation is confirmed through DETECT, then we recommend immediately putting the child through our attention strengthening program, TALi TRAIN, as it has been shown to improve behavioural inattention and hyperactivity within the classroom.
Cognitive attention issues
If a teacher or parent does not think a child has behavioural attention issues, yet the child has been flagged as having potential attention vulnerabilities through TALi DETECT, then we suggest the following:
If our recommended procedures for running DETECT were followed – including a suitable testing environment – the results of DETECT might indicate potential cognitive attention vulnerabilities are present in a child. You could now choose to put the child through TALi TRAIN.
However, if the recommended procedures were not adhered to, we suggest repeating DETECT for this child in an optimal environment within four weeks from the initial test date.
Following this repeat assessment, if the child is flagged again as having cognitive attention vulnerabilities based on DETECT results, the child may benefit from completing TRAIN.
Our TALi Team is here to ensure you and your children get the most from your TALi journey. Don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 082 013.