TALi TRAIN's cognitive training

Cognitive training with the TALi TRAIN program.

Optimal age for TALi

Cognitive training during childhood development

Cognitive training has been shown to be most effective when implemented early in development when the brain has the greatest degree of neuroplasticity.1 Research indicates that attention training programs can be implemented during a child’s early years and, therefore, target a younger age bracket than other training programs.

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Adaptive attention training tasks

Targeted skills of cognitive training may differ but all models rely on an individual — in the case of TALi TRAIN, a child — completing a specific task repetitively. Tasks become increasingly difficult over time to challenge and improve attention skills.

Research shows, with repeated practice, the neural pathways responsible for cognitive attention abilities (often referred to as executive functioning) can be strengthened.

TALi what is cognitive training?


How does the TALi TRAIN program help?

Impairment of cognitive function is symptomatic of many neurodevelopmental and degenerative disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) or even anxiety and depression.

The TALi TRAIN program uses cognitive training to assist children with attention difficulties to improve their attention skills. TALi TRAIN’s game-based cognitive tasks are more engaging than traditional cognitive training interventions, hence making the participant experience less effortful and potentially reducing drop-outs in longer-term interventions.

  1. Wass, S., Scerif, G., & Johnson, M. H. (2012). Training attentional control and working memory – Is younger, better? Developmental Review, 32(4), 360-387.
TALi what is cognitive training?

TALi attention training tasks.

Each task in the TALi TRAIN program features a number of targets and distractors that are clearly identified so the child is familiar with the gameplay before commencing the task.

This also involves completing a practice task following the instructions.

Learn more about evidence informing the design of these tasks.

Selective Attention


Visual search task
This task exercises mechanisms responsible for orienting attention to objects.

Inhibition and executive function of attention


Go/no-go task
This task exercises mechanisms responsible for inhibiting a response deemed inappropriate and avoiding impulsive behaviour, which is an important component of executive function.

Sustained attention tasks


Sustained attention task
This task exercises mechanisms responsible for maintaining attention for longer on tasks that are not necessarily engaging or stimulating.

Attentional control


This task exercises mechanisms responsible for conflicting information processing, which is an important component of executive function.

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