Section 3: Success starts before TALi TRAIN
Defining and Measuring Improvements
It’s important you consider your child’s individual improvements when measuring the success of the program. This is because every parent and child have different ideas for what success actually looks like and some improvements aren’t easy to measure. For example, changes in your child’s behavior or temperament in their everyday life such as greater levels of patience, empathy or emotional control may be difficult to quantify.
Improvements in your child’s social and academic skills and general wellbeing are some of the most important areas to monitor as a result of training. If your child is happier with greater social skills and more easily accepting of guidance, they are most likely improving their attentional skills.
Some of the behaviors you can look out to monitor your child’s improvements in the real world include:
- Stronger self-esteem
- Improved academic results
- The ability to stay focused for longer without getting distracted
- Completing a task
- Not interrupting when you’re talking
- Stronger sharing skills
- Listening and absorbing what you’re saying
- Less emotional outbursts
- Sitting at the dinner table without getting fidgety
It’s a great idea to keep a daily journal of your child's behavior. Jot down observations to track your child’s progress. You can also use the Daily Notes feature which is available in the TALi TRAIN app at the end of each training session.
Complete Your Pre-training Questionnaire
Before your child begins TALi TRAIN, you’ll need to complete the pre-training questionnaire within the TALi Parent Portal. The questions included are really rating scales to determine a before and after training score. These answers become a benchmark to monitor how your child has improved over the course of the program.
We recommend only one parent completes the questions to ensure consistency. However, you can ask other adults (such as your child’s teacher) for their feedback to help form your answers. You should take your time when completing your answers and try to be as accurate as possible. Although your answers are subjective, they play an incredibly important role in measuring your child’s progress.
Game Analytics and Statistics
You’ll also be able to measure and track your child’s progress from within the Parent Portal. Here, you can see your child’s reaction times, errors and misses across all completed exercises.
Within the portal, you’ll be able to view game play analysis and graphs to help you understand your child's progression in skills. Remember, TALi TRAIN is adaptive. So the demands of the program increase according to your child’s playing abilities.
If your child appears to be moving through the program consistently, they will be getting more proficient in each exercise. If, however, your child appears to be making more errors, completing fewer levels and is slower as the training course progresses, they may be distracted or disengaged.
Our Measuring Performance Video will help you understand how to interpret results and track your child’s improvements within the portal.
Supporting attention outside of TALi TRAIN
It’s important you introduce your child to attention development before the program begins. Playing attention-based games and activities with your child will help prepare them for TALi TRAIN as well as building a positive family-based approach to skill development.
Daily life offers many natural opportunities to practice the skills of attention, whether in a learning, work or home environment. For example, tasks that require concentration and extended focus such as reading, word games, number games, puzzles and crosswords. As your child’s skills evolve, you can extend the time they spend on each task to further challenge them and prepare them for the program.
Some examples for attention-based games and activities include:
- Indoor activities such as reading, dominoes and card games like snap or matching pairs
- Cooking with your child and talking through instructions or asking them to measure out ingredients
- Outside games such as ‘I spy’, hopscotch, skittles, ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’ or reading speed limits while in the car
- Numeracy games like counting shells or reading out loud the numbers from your car dashboard
- Multi-tasking activities such as singing the alphabet while clapping hands
For more ideas, feel free to read through our Measuring Improvements in Real Life document.
Or, go back to the Preparing your child for their journey with TALi TRAIN section.
Congratulations! You're now officially ready to start your TALi TRAIN journey. If you have any further questions or feedback you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 082 013.