Perrig, Walter; Studer-Luethi, Barbara; Törmänen, Minna; Mendelowitsch, Sarah; von Dach, Christa; Wyss, Harro Arthur; Kodzhabashev, Stefan Tiholov; Margelisch, Katja (2012). Cognitive Interventions with Children with Special Needs - Transfer effects and multidisciplinary perspectives (Unpublished). In: 8th Annual Meeting of the Clinical Neuroscience Berne. University Hospital of Psychiatry, Bern. 04.12.2012..
Our last study with regularly developed children demonstrated a positive effect of working memory training on cognitive abilities. Building upon these findings, the aim of this multidisciplinary study is to investigate the effects of training of core functions with children who are suffering from different learning disabilities, like AD/HD, developmental dyslexia or specific language impairment. In addition to working memory training (BrainTwister), we apply a perceptual training, which concentrates on auditory-visual matching (Audilex), as well as an implicit concept learning task. We expect differential improvements of mental capacities, specifically of executive functions (working memory, attention, auditory and visual processing), scholastic abilities (language and mathematical skills), as well as of problem solving. With that, we hope to find further directions regarding helpful and individually adapted interventions in educational settings. Interested parties are invited to discuss and comment the design, the research question, and the possibilities in recruiting the subjects.