A great leader, Girogio Napolitano, once said:
"We owe it to our children to give them a dignified and a hopeful future.."
With scores of kids across the globe displaying attention deficit patterns lately, we have to question - are we giving our children the future they deserve? Statistics suggest otherwise - globally, approximately 136 million children have been diagnosed with a disorder of symptomatic attention-deficit. That’s a huge number! Attention deficit signs look like - struggling to focus on things, finding it hard to pay attention to instructions, getting distracted way too frequently so on and so forth. Without these core attention skills children can struggle to develop more complex skills such as memory, language, reading, writing and learning.
Unfortunately, most of these signs are often equated as part and parcel of childhood. Parents are also mostly not equipped to understand whether their child needs intervention at all, and if yes, at what stage they should start taking these signs seriously. When left unnoticed, lack of attention skills among kids poses long-term threat to the child’s education, social skills, relationships, mental health, and employment opportunities, hampering the prospects of their bright future.
“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and they are the best hope for the future..” John F Kennedy
Recent scientific findings have indicated that intense training in childhood can result in changes at many levels in the brain, which in turn promote changes in cognitive skills and behaviour. This is among the many scientific reasons why a renowned Australian tech company, TALi has stepped in to help parents address the rising attention deficit patterns in kids aged between 3-8 years of age.
Backed by a strong team of neuroscientists, software engineers, game developers and all-round talented individuals, TALi is bringing into India 25 years of research in developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience in the form of easily accessible apps - TALi & TALi TRAIN - to make a real impact on the ground.
Available on Google Play Store, the company has recently made TALi app assessment in India free to encourage more parents to come forward. While this app has six engaging tasks spread over a duration of 20 minutes to evaluate every child’s attention skills, the other one called TALi TRAIN is the first product of it’s kind that uses gaming technology to provide engaging digital training to kids scientifically proven to improve their core cognitive performance.
It involves five 20-minute training sessions per week for a duration of 5 weeks, wherein there are three engaging exercises to train children’s core attentional skills: Selective Attention, Sustained Attention, and Attentional Control. Repetition of game-based tasks teaches children to focus on activities they may not otherwise find engaging or stimulating. Both the assessment and the training can be taken from any location.
TALi Report Card for parents
The TALi app shares two personalised attention reports with parents — one post-assessment and one post-training along with weekly email updates during the training - to help them keep a close track on their child in real-time. This data is useful and can be shared with teachers and healthcare professionals who can collectively help improve a kid’s mental progress.
TALi has been gaining huge popularity in the Indian market in recent times with celebrity moms like Neha Dhupia and Soha Ali Khan sharing how this platform has strengthened the attention span and learning capabilities of Mehr and Inaaya in just 5 weeks. Watch them here.
In view of the fact that almost 11% of the children globally are having severe attention difficulties today, the company’s seamless digital solutions are currently free and accessible to users across a wide range socio-demographic groups and geographical locations. Using a fairly simple 20-minute assessment and a ground-breaking game-based training program, TALi’s mission seems to be loud and clear - assist children with attention difficulties anywhere and everywhere in reaching their full potential.
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings..” Hodding Carter
As it now steps into India, there is a window of opportunity for Indian parents to give their children a head start with their attention and learning. If you have been struggling to understand what you can do better for your child’s attention development, it’s time you deep dive into the psychology of your children better, keep a track of their behavioural patterns and strengthen their attention span and learning capabilities in 5 weeks using the TALi and TALi TRAIN apps. Visit the TALi website to find out more.