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A randomized clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a Computerized Progressive Attentional Training (CPAT) program to improve academic and attentional performance in children with Autism

Grant number: 17/25203-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2019
Effective date (End): May 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Human Development Psychology
Principal researcher:Cristiane Silvestre de Paula
Grantee:Mayra Muller Spaniol
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (UPM). Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie. São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The application of a recent attention-training program, the Computerized Progressive Attentional Training (CPAT), brought specific and generalized improvements to different populations, including attentional, academic and cognitive improvements in children with ADHD, ASD, Alcohol Foetal Syndrome and Stroke patients. The present study will be a randomized, double-blind, three-month follow-up trial aimed at assessing the effects of the CPAT in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the public health system in São Paulo, following recommendations and improvements suggested in previous studies. In this project, the CPAT will be tested with a cohort of 40 8 to 14 year old children with ASD who attend the Autism outpatient clinic of CAISM, at Santa Casa de Misericórdia in São Paulo. Half the children will be randomly selected for the active control group, playing computer games using the same structure and length as the CPAT group. For the first time, the CPAT will be applied in the public health system in Brazil, utilizing available resources from the public system and training will be conducted in small groups. Performance will be assessed using various pre and post-test instruments to measure academic performance, attention, cognition, and behaviour and ASD symptoms. It is hypothesized that this clinical trial will be able to prove the efficacy and maintenance of the positive effects of the CPAT in comparison to a control group of children from the Brazilian public system. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
SPANIOL, MAYRA MULLER; MAGALHAES, JULIA; MEVORACH, CARMEL; SHALEV, LILACH; TEIXEIRA, MARIA CRISTINA T. V.; LOWENTHAL, ROSANE; DE PAULA, CRISTIANE SILVESTRE. Association between attention, nonverbal intelligence and school performance of school-age children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from a public health context in Brazil. RESEARCH IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, v. 116, SEP 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SPANIOL, MAYRA MULLER; MEVORACH, CARMEL; SHALEV, LILACH; TEIXEIRA, V, MARIA CRISTINA T.; LOWENTHAL, ROSANE; DE PAULA, CRISTIANE SILVESTRE. Attention training in children with autism spectrum disorder improves academic performance: A double-blind pilot application of the computerized progressive attentional training program. Autism Research, v. 14, n. 8, p. 1769-1776, AUG 2021. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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