Product Review : Apps To Assess Executive Function Skills In Children

  Dr. Steven Howard from Canada is a researcher in the area of Cognitive Developmental Psychology and has developed - Early Years Toolbox (EYT) for assessing early executive function, language, self-regulation and social development. EYT is comprised of six brief, game-like assessments of children's executive functioning skills. These apps are totally free and take five to ten minutes each. Get them asap and try it with your child. Let's take a look at them one by one.

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                      The Child's Self-Regulation and Behaviour Questionnaire (CSBQ) is to be answered by a parent or educator. It contains 33 questions relating to the child's self regulation and social development. It just takes five minutes to complete the questionnaire.

                               





          EYT Mr Ant assesses the visual spatial working memory. In this game, there is a cartoon character Mr Ant, who has a number of coloured stickers placed on different parts of his body. They disappear after some seconds, child has to memorize their location and reproduce them.

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       EYT Not This app assesses the auditory memory of the child. There are many shapes in different colours and sizes and the child has listen to the auditory instruction such as  - find a shape that is not red that appears before the images are displayed, he/she has to remember the instruction and choose the right one. Very Interesting.

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         EYT Go/NoGo app assesses the Inhibition, the ability to control urges.  In this game, the child can see fish and shark moving on his ipad screen, but he has to touch only fish and not the shark, i.e. avoid touching the sharks.

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          EYT Card Sorting is really interesting as it assesses shifting, an executive function that involves the ability to control and redirect attention. In this game the child has to sort based on two dimensions, shape and colour. First by colour - red rabbits and blue boats and then by shape . This gives a fair idea of your child's cognitive flexibility or shifting as they have to shift from one sorting rule to another.

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           EYT Expressive Vocabulary app assesses the child's ability to identify and name objects. There are 45 cartoon pictures of everyday objects and the child has to name them verbally.
 
Posted in Product and Services Review on April 12 at 06:56 AM

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