Section 1: Preparing the adults in your child’s life
Your child will be more engaged and achieve better results if the adults in their life (you, their teacher, family members, close friends of the family etc.) are on board, supporting them and showing interest.
Here are some important ways you can help.
Planning and scheduling your time
In today’s busy world, we understand it’s not easy finding time for new initiatives. The thing is, with TALi Train, the best results come through a consistent and scheduled approach to sessions. So if you can create a regular training schedule that best fits in with your family’s existing routine, the outcomes will be stronger for your child. Our sample schedules will provide some guidance to help you.
TALi Train was designed as a 5-week, 25-session intensive training program to make lasting changes in attention with specific, repetitive and adaptive exercises to keep your child interested and challenged.
To help with the intensity of the program and when creating your training schedule, we recommend these tips:
1. Sit down and talk with your child about TALi Train before the program begins. Explain what’s involved and how it will benefit them. Use terms your child can understand and identify with, such as:
“Tom, you know how you sometimes struggle to stay focused in class? This program helps to increase your attention skills so you can listen and focus for longer”
“Jess, you know how you get into trouble in class because sometimes you get fidgety? Well, this program will help with that. I know you’d like to get better at those things.”
2. Talk about the training expectations and ask your child to suggest ways they can manage their time. Create a training schedule and record these times in a visual schedule together. Choose times that not only complement existing activities, but also when your child is most likely to engage with the program. It may be, to gain the most benefit from the program, other activities need to be put on hold.
It’s also important to look for daily improvements in skills and behaviour as your child completes their journey. Make a list for yourself or schedule time with other adults in the family (or at school) to note even minor improvements. It’s worthwhile noting improvements within the Daily Notes section of the app, available at the end of each TALi training session
Talking with your child’s teacher
TALi Train builds skills that help your child focus better, act calmer and learn quicker both at home and at school. Even though most of the TALi Train program is delivered at home, some of the first noticeable improvements may be seen in the classroom because of the more formal structure and behavioural expectations.
Talking with your child’s teacher about the program offers them the opportunity to monitor your child’s behaviour over the period and give you feedback on any changes that occur.
We can provide you with some useful material to pass onto your child’s teacher to help them understand how it works, including tip sheets to use in the classroom.
Praise and encouragement from multiple sources will encourage your child to stay positive and engaged.
Completing your pre-training questionnaire
The answers you provide in your pre-training questionnaire become a valuable benchmark to see how your child’s behaviour and skills have evolved over the course of TALi Train. You can access this questionnaire through the Parent Portal.
When answering the questions, it may help to consider your child’s attention to that of their friends or peers. And to ask other adults who interact directly with them such as their teacher.
You’ll need to complete the questionnaire before your child starts the program. Try to be consistent and accurate with your answers as they’ll play an important role in measuring your child’s improvements.
Using rewards to encourage success
Even though exercises are designed to be engaging and challenging, your child may find it difficult at times to stay interested because of the repetitive nature. This is where rewards can be helpful to encourage motivation.
The most effective rewards for young children are often things like stickers, privileges or choosing what movie the family watches that night. There are also tangible rewards such as words of praise and recognition. Such recognition could sound like:
“I liked how you sat still and finished TALi Train today without complaining, Tom. You did a really great job.”
When deciding what rewards to offer, consider the types of rewards you loved as a kid and which rewards your kids now respond best to.
Hopefully, you’re feeling more prepared. Remember, if there’s anything you’re unsure about you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 082 013 the TALi Team with your query.
Now, let’s make sure your child has everything they need to begin.