Training attention control of very preterm infants: Protocol for a feasibility study of the Attention Control Training (ACT)

Oliver Perra, Sam Wass, Alison McNulty, David Sweet, Kostas Papageorgiou, Matthew Johnston, Aaron Patterson, Delfina Bilello, Fiona Alderdice

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Children born preterm may display cognitive, learning, and behaviour difficulties as they grow up. In particular, very premature birth (gestation age between 28 and less than 32  weeks) may put infants at increased risk of intellectual deficits and attention deficit disorder. Evidence suggests that the basis of these problems may lie in difficulties in the development of executive functions. One of the earliest executive functions to emerge around 1 year of age is the ability to control attention. An eye-tracking-based cognitive training programme to support this emerging ability, the Attention Control Training (ACT), has been developed and tested with typically developing infants. The aim of this study is to investigate the feasibility of using the ACT with healthy very preterm (VP) infants when they are 12 months of age (corrected age). The ACT has the potential to address the need for supporting emerging cognitive abilities of VP infants with an early intervention, which may capitalise on infants’ neural plasticity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPilot and Feasibility Studies
Volume6
Issue number1
Early online date10 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • feasibility study
  • attention
  • infant, premature
  • computerized cognitive training
  • eye-tracking methodology

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