Excerpts from the Teletherapy Project
Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF)
Final Report on the Teletherapy Project
Horace Mann Specialty School, OKC School System
Joint Research Project: Jim Thorpe Rehab & Development Clinic & Cognitive Systems Inc.
[The following information contains excerpts or parts taken from the above Study:]
“Computer-based remediation also appears to be effective for cognitive-communication deficits secondary to traumatic brain injury. Participants who were assigned to a remediation group that received computer-assisted cognitive intervention for a period of six (6) months demonstrated significantly more improvement than a control group who received traditional therapy and community-based programs with no computerized instruction.
“Following the cognitive exercises, the group also showed improvement on the WRAML General Memory Index. This index reflects the child’s general capacity to remember stimulus information and includes the ability to recall information presented in both visual and auditory formats. On this index, children in the treatment group improved from 84 to 90. As with the Learning Index, this change suggests that the children are generally able to remember more information, at least over the short term, following intervention with the computer-based cognitive exercises.
“Given the nature of the neurocognitive exercises that form the computer-based program, it is not surprising that the scores of the children in the Experimental Group improved on the measures of learning and memory. It is somewhat more surprising that they showed improvement on the Performance IQ index because, as noted above, intellectual functioning is believed to be generally stable across the lifespan. However, among the nonverbal subtests that are included in this index score are those measuring attention and processing speed, cognitive abilities that appear to be most responsive to the computer-based exercise program. In addition, there are scattered reports in the scientific literature indicating that these exercises can promote increases in general intellectual functioning.
“Perhaps most significant among the findings of the present study is the improvement noted for students who were the most at risk. That is, the students of the Experimental group had been placed there precisely because they were profoundly below the expected academic levels and were performing far below their age-matched cohort in the classroom. Spontaneous improvement in any cognitive domain would be unexpected and positive changes in general intellectual abilities and learning/memory would be highly unlikely. It is clear that the cognitive exercises promoted significant enhancement over six months, which is a relatively short period of time.”
[This Research Study of 41 pages is available on request from Cognitive Systems Inc.]