Computer neuropsychological training in mentally retarded children

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Abstract

Informatic tecnology can be the right answer to deal with some neuropsychological troubles of children. The goal of this study is the application of computer programs as a possible strategy in rehabilitation of children with cognitive problems. Four programs were selected to stimulate various basic brain functions: problem solving, categorization, logical sequence and spatial thought. The programs were tested on a group of 20 mentally retarded young subjects matched with a comparison group of 20 like subjects trained with ordinary techniques. The computer trained group showed a significant improvement in tests involving attention, motivation for learning and problem solving abilities. These results, in our opinion, would confirm the usefulness of specific software as a rehabilitative method in dealing with cognitive problems of children.