What is attention?

Attention has been shown to be fundamental to cognitive development and social relationships, and plays an important role in maintaining mental health.

Children with attention problems struggle to focus their mind on a task, to listen, to absorb information or to control impulsive behaviours and emotional outbursts. This can impact other aspects of their lives – at school, home, in social situations and, eventually academic achievement and employment.

Attention is commonly separated into three core networks . Each of these domains are distinct but operate through overlapping neural circuits within the brain.

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    Executive Attention

    Executive attention is the ability to regulate our responses and refocus from one task or activity to another.

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    Sustained Attention

    Sustained Attention is the ability to maintain an alert state and focus on a task.

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    Selective Attention

    The ability to orient your attention to specific objects in the environment that are relevant to your task.

What's involved in TALi DETECT?

TALi DETECT is a clinically validated, game-based cognitive assessment of three important attention domains in children 3-7 years of age. The evidence-based assessment and reporting of TALi DETECT can help you assess whether your child may benefit from professional attention support or intervention.


Fun, engaging & easy to administer.

The TALi DETECT assessment can be completed in one session of approximately 20 minutes. A child completes seven fun and engaging game-based exercises, with their performance forming the basis of their attention report.


Unique TALi Attention Profile for every child.

After a child completes the assessment, which takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes, TALi DETECT produces a detailed attention profile outlining performance-based results of a child’s skills in the three areas of attention: Selective, Sustained and Executive, alongside behavioural data.


Comprehensive Attention Report.

After completing TALi DETECT, you’ll receive a detailed report for each child, outlining their performance relative to the average performance of a large sample of neurotypical children (normative sample). Clinically relevant data visualisations allow you and your healthcare professional understand your child’s attention strengths and weaknesses, and determine if your child may benefit from early intervention.

SPELD Victoria to TALi process


1. Account creation

Create an account and download TALi DETECT.

2. Attention assessment

Complete the attention assessment with your child/ren


3. Purchase report

Purchase the comprehensive reports, using the code "SPELDVIC" (for 50% off).


4. SPELD Victoria Assessment

Take the comprehensive report with you when you attend your SPELD assessments.

How TALi can Help

TALi's digital therapeutic programs provide faster attention screening tests and access to early interventions for children at the peak of their neuroplasticity.

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    A 20-30 minute
    evidence-based digital screening program comprised of cognitive performance tasks to determine how a child’s attention skills are developing against their peers.

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    A digital cognitive training program that has been clinically tested and indicated to improve selective attention and numeracy skills, as well as improvements in inattentive and hyperactive behaviour in some children.

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    TALi DETECT was developed under the Cooperative Research Centres Program (CRC-P) from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.*

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*Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants provide funding for short-term research collaborations. It supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community with the aim of fostering high quality research to solve industry-identified problems.