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A Computerised Test for Assessing the Early Reading Skills

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02797301
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 13, 2016
Last Update Posted : June 13, 2016
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Annie France Frère Slaets, University of Mogi das Cruzes

Brief Summary:
This study was to develop a computerised test with an adapted peripheral to assess the emerging literacy knowledge of children with mobility difficulties. The software was implemented using a game-like design controllable by a peripheral device without needing fine movements.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Learning Disorders Other: synthetic test Other: computerised test Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Conventional tests for assessing the early reading skills of preschool children on school entry are not accessible to children with mobility limitations. This paper presents a game-like computerised test featuring an appealing scenario that is accessible to these children. It was developed on a platform that creates 2D vector graphics and contains three phases of interactive content accessible through an adapted peripheral. Conventional tests were also used to validate the effectiveness of the game. The two types of tests had the same degree of predictive power when completed by thirty three preschool children without mobility impairment.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: A Computerised Test for Assessing the Early Reading Skills of Children With Mobility Limitations
Study Start Date : September 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2011

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: synthetic test & computerised test
Seventeen preschool children (G1), with no motor impairments, from a private school. The children in G1 performed the synthetic test before the computerised test.
Other: synthetic test
The children performed the synthetic test with no time restriction.

Other: computerised test
The children performed the computerised test with no time restriction.

Experimental: computerised test & synthetic test
Sixteen preschool children (G2), with no motor impairments, from a private school. The children in G2 performed the computerised test before the synthetic test.
Other: synthetic test
The children performed the synthetic test with no time restriction.

Other: computerised test
The children performed the computerised test with no time restriction.

Experimental: computerised test
Seven volunteers (G3), two males and five females, with moderate mobility impairment, patients from the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic.
Other: computerised test
The children performed the computerised test with no time restriction.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Reading skills [ Time Frame: 2 days ]
    The tests determine whether children can differentiate between the letters of the alphabet and squiggles, numbers, and mathematical signs (first phase); can realise that the same word can be written using uppercase, lowercase, and cursive letters (second phase); know the correct number of letters required to graphically represent the sounds used in speech (third phase). The numbers of incorrect choices made by children during the three phases of the computerised test (G1, G2 and G3) and the synthetic test (G1 and G2) are quantified.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • G1 and G2: preschool children; no motor difficulties and normal school performance.
  • G3: with moderate mobility impairment; similar cognitive ages and notions of writing to the participants of groups G1 and G2; children between seven and seventeen years old.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • G1 and G2: children who often miss classes; children between four and seven years.
  • G3: no moderate mobility impairment

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02797301


Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Mogi das Cruzes
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Annie F. Frère, PhD University of Mogi das Cruzes

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Responsible Party: Annie France Frère Slaets, PhD, University of Mogi das Cruzes
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02797301     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0135.0.237.000-10
First Posted: June 13, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 13, 2016
Last Verified: June 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Annie France Frère Slaets, University of Mogi das Cruzes:
early reading skills

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Learning Disorders
Communication Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders