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Visual Sustained Attention Auditory Sustained Attention Divided Attention Visual Memory Figural Memory
Pattern Memory Visual Verbal Memory Letters-Syllables-Words Reading-Decoding Pictograms
Spelling Anagrams Classification Series Completion Analogies
Visual Tracking Hand-Eye Coordination Perceptual Speed Field Independence Shape Recognition
Puzzles Spatial Orientation Labyrinths Spatial Relations Spatial Visualisation
Visual Perspective Arithmetic Strategies    


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Auditory Sustained Attention
Cognitive training

Attention training: Sustained attention, in visual or auditory mode, is a pre-requisite to efficient completion of various everyday life activities. Auditory Sustained attention plays a significant role in information processing. It enables one to continuously target relevant information for processing over a long period of time. It is essential to offer the client the possibility to work on this cognitive ability in auditory mode as well as in visual mode.

Target Clientele

Children and adults (6 years and older) who:

NOTE: May be used by anyone as a simple cognitive training activity.

Target Skills

Mode: Auditory
Principal skill(s) targeted: Attention while carrying out simple tasks.

Exercises

    Levels
Stimuli Classes: 1. Increasing 14
  2. Decreasing 14
  3. Series 8

The exercises call upon time estimation, which requires maintaining attention over a period of time.

Class 1: Increasing

Scenario and task: The client is playing a game of hide-and-seek with some children. He/she sees is a child who is hiding his eyes and can hear him counting forwards according to a certain rhythm. When the child ceases to count out loud, the client must take over and continue mentally counting while keeping the same rhythm. The client must respond when he/she thinks that target number indicated earlier by the mentor has been reached. If the client stops the count on the target number, then he/she was successful in following the rhythm.

Response mode(s): Click on the mouse or press the space bar.

Feedback:

Well Done! If the target number is obtained (correct)
Great! If the error margin is one (correct)
Oops… If the error margin is beyond one number (incorrect)

Class 2: Decreasing

Scenario and task: In this task, the same scenario as for class 1 is used with the exception that the numbers are heard in decreasing order. The client’s task is thus similar to the first – he/she must respond when he/she thinks the child has reached zero. The target number is always zero, but the starting numbers vary.

Response mode(s): Click on the mouse or press the space bar.

Feedback:

Well Done! If zero is obtained (correct)
Great! If the error margin is one (correct)
Oops… If the error margin is beyond one number (incorrect)

Class 3: Series

Scenario and task: A somewhat forgetful conductor is leading his musicians. He counts out the rhythm to follow, but at some point forgets where he has reached in the music and stops counting. The conductor counts out loud (e.g.: 1, 2, 3… 1, 2, 3… 1, 2, 3), but after a certain amount of time, the numbers cease to be heard. The client must continue to repeat in his/her head, at the same rhythm, the conductor’s cadence until asked to select the number corresponding to that which would have been reached by the conductor from the proposed response choice.

Response mode(s): Click on the mouse or use arrow keys and the space bar to select.

Feedback:

Well Done! Correct response
Oops… Incorrect response

Difficulty Level Variables

Level Completion Criterion: 3 consecutive correct responses

* Note: the client automatically changes class after three consecutive errors.

The exam

The exam is comprised of 14 items representative of the Increasing class.

Background (increasing, decreasing)

Background (series)

Instructions

Class 1. Increasing :

« Some children are playing hide-and-seek. Many are hiding while one of them counts out loud. Sometimes, you have to help him count. Make sure to keep the same rhythm. You must press the spacebar when you think you have reached the number presented before the count begins. »

Class 2. Decreasing :

« Some children are playing hide-and-seek. Many are hiding while one of them counts backwards out loud. Sometimes, you have to help him count down. Make sure to keep the same rhythm. You must press the space bar when you think you have reached zero. »

Class 3. Series :

« Your conductor provides you with the rhythm to follow by counting out loud. When he stops counting, you must continue to count in your head at and the same rhythm until the symbol “?” appears. You must then select the number that the orchestra and conductor would have reached. »