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Effects Of A Computerized Working Memory Training Program On Attention, Working Memory, And Academics, In Adolescents With Severe ADHD/LD

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified June 2009 by The Hospital for Sick Children.
Recruitment status was  Not yet recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO
Information provided by:
The Hospital for Sick Children
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00930449
First received: June 29, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: June 2009
History: No changes posted
  Purpose

Our primary aim is to determine whether a computerized working memory (WM) training program will help students with severe learning and attention problems, in terms of improving their WM. Additional aims are to determine whether the WM training will also result in improvements in the students' concentration and school work, and how long any beneficial effects will last (i.e., whether the students will continue to show improvements once the training program has stopped).


Condition Intervention
Attention Deficit Disorder With Hyperactivity
Learning Disorders
Other: Cogmed Working Memory Training Program.
Other: Academy of Math
Other: Special Education/Individualized Tutoring

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects Of A Computerized Working Memory Training Program On Attention, Working Memory, And Academics, In Adolescents With Severe ADHD/LD

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Further study details as provided by The Hospital for Sick Children:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • CANTAB Spatial Working Memory [ Time Frame: 15-20 min ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Automated Working Memory Assessment Listening Recall [ Time Frame: 15-20 min ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Teacher - Strengths and Weakness of ADHD-symptoms and Normal-behavior scale (SWAN) [ Time Frame: 5 min/student ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Teacher - Children's Organizational Skills Scale [ Time Frame: 5 min/student ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Wide Range Achievement Test 4 Progress Monitoring Version: word reading, spelling, sentence comprehension, math computation [ Time Frame: 10-15 min ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: November 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Cogmed Working Memory Training Program Other: Cogmed Working Memory Training Program.

This program includes a set of visual-spatial and auditory-verbal WM tasks presented via the computer (see Appendix 1 for a description of these tasks). All tasks involve: a) maintenance of simultaneous mental representations of multiple stimuli; b) unique sequencing of stimulus order in each trial; and c) progressive adaptation of difficulty level as a function of individual performance.

Training will require about 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week, for 5-6 weeks: participants are required to complete 90 WM trials on each training day. Training plans are individualized and are modified according to performance, but the typical plan includes 13 tasks, with 15 trials of 8 tasks each day.

Active Comparator: Academy of Math® program Other: Academy of Math

This is an established evidence-based program designed to help at-risk learners (Grades K-12) develop mathematical proficiency by incorporating a mastery-learning approach to foster conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and strategic competency across 10 mathematical subject areas.

Training is will require about 30 minutes, 5 days per week, for the same duration as the WM program (5-6 weeks), with a counselor or teacher acting as the training aide.

Active Comparator: Special Education/Individualized Tutoring Other: Special Education/Individualized Tutoring
Students in this group will receive an additional 30 minutes daily of individualized supplemental instruction in their area of greatest academic need.

Detailed Description:

We have established a collaborative partnership between OISE, HSC, OPDS, and JVS to evaluate the effectiveness of a WM training program when conducted in a school setting. To determine whether the WM training program does improve WM, attention, behaviour, and/or academic achievement, we will compare its effects to those expected to result from two other intervention programs that focus on academic skills only: 1) a computerized software program known to improve math skills (Academy of Math®); and 2) extra, individualized tutoring in an area of academic weakness supervised by a trained and experienced staff person. We will assess WM, related cognitive abilities, ADHD symptoms, academic achievement, before and after intervention, and also at 3- and 6-month follow-up to determine whether any improvements are sustained and increased after the training has finished.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 17 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • fulltime enrollment at one of the three English-language speaking OPDS schools
  • confirmed diagnosis of a specific LD with or without comorbid ADHD
  • IQ > 80 (based on WISC-IV)
  • English as the primary spoken language

Exclusion Criteria:

  • uncorrected sensory impairments (vision, hearing)
  • severe comorbid mental health disorders requiring medications other than those used for ADHD or intensive treatment
  • severe impairments in oral communication, impeding intelligibility of spoken responses
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00930449

Contacts
Contact: Rosemary Tannock, PhD 416-813-7048 rosemary.tannock@utoronto.ca

Locations
Canada, Ontario
Ontario Provincial and Demonstration Schools Not yet recruiting
Milton, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Elizabeth Davies    905-878-2851    beth.davies@ontario.ca   
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Davies         
The Hospital for Sick Children Not yet recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1X8
Contact: Rosemary Tannock, PhD    416-813-7048    rosemary.tannock@utoronto.ca   
Principal Investigator: Rosemary Tannock, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Peter Chaban         
Sub-Investigator: Rhonda Martinussen, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Hospital for Sick Children
The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Rosemary Tannock, MD The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Canada
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dr. Rosemary Tannock / Senior Scientist, Neurosciences and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00930449     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1000013779
Study First Received: June 29, 2009
Last Updated: June 29, 2009
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee

Keywords provided by The Hospital for Sick Children:
Pediatrics
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Learning Disorder
Computerized Working Memory Training Program

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Learning Disorders
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Hyperkinesis
Communication Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Mental Disorders Diagnosed in Childhood
Mental Disorders
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Dyskinesias

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 01, 2014