Untangling the neurodevelopmental aetiologies and sequalae of prenatal risk, illness, and injury in childhood

Institution: University of Western Australia

Investigator(s): Corinne Reid, Ph.D., Mike Anderson, D.Phil.

Program: Cogmed RM

Background & Aim: Children who experience premature birth, chronic illness such as Type 1 Diabetes, or neurological disorders (congenital or acquired) often have compromised life outcomes across a range of domains (Landy & Bradley, in press). The aim of this project is to pilot a unique collaboration in which the neurocognitive profiles of three groups of children with complex and diverse medical presentations, are mapped. Investigation of each group will (i) better inform understanding of the condition and (ii) provide an evidence-base to guide intervention planning for individual children. Children will be randomly assigned to either Cogmed RM, Bayliss Working Memory Training (non-commercial WM training, or behavioral parent conditions).

Population & Sample Size: N = 60 children with premature birth, chronic illness such as Type 1 Diabetes, or neurological disorders, ages 7 – 11 years

Design: Randomized, Controlled, Test-re-test, 3 month follow up