Research from the University of Oregon and Willamette University finds that an eight-week, one-hour-a-day, relatively inexpensive family-based intervention improved cognitive skills including selective attention. Parents were taught strategies for reducing family stress, as well as for boosting attention. Teachers and parents reported significant improvements in academic performance and behavior. Results appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Abstract →Neville, H., Stevens, C., Pakulak, E., Bell, T., et al; Family-based training program improves brain function, cognition, and behavior in lower socioeconomic status preschoolers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Published online before print July 1, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304437110
With Parents’ Help, Preschoolers Can Learn to Pay Attention (Science)