Scientific study is going to test the effect of the games featured in the ABA DrOmnibus app in child therapy.
Seventy students aged 7–12 years, tablets, the ABA DrOmnibus app, and a research plan. We will soon be closely following the work of Marta Koplejewska, who has decided to test the effectiveness of our tools.
Marta is a teacher at the Complex of Education and Revalidation Centres in Cieszyn, Poland. She has worked in the field of education for 8 years as a teacher and diagnostician, as well as lecturer at the University of Dąbrowa Górnicza. In her work, she meets both persons with standard intellectual development and persons with intellectual and other disabilities.
The aim of her study is to test how effective video games are at developing selected cognitive abilities in early school children with moderate intellectual disability (aged between 7 and 12 years).
The participants of the study will be recruited from the Complex of Education and Revalidation Centres in Cieszyn, and the study itself is supervised by Professor Jolanta Zielińska from the Pedagogical University in Krakow.
Multimedia still remain a mostly unexplored land as far as scientific studies are concerned. ‘My intention is to investigate the effect of the ABA DrOmnibus app on cognitive functions in children with moderate intellectual disability’, Marta explains. She goes on to say that studies conducted in Poland so far have addressed the effect of video games on the emotional, social and cognitive development of children without disabilities. The Educational Research Institute conducted a study on the effect of video and board games on the mathematical competences and cognitive development of children. The study found games have a beneficial effect on cognitive functioning, that is, how fast and accurately children are able to process information and how many elements they are able to memorise and recall. Marta adds that there are no studies that would test the effectiveness and applicability of video games in the development of children with moderate intellectual disability.
A study on the effectiveness of tablets used among children with autism spectrum disorders was conducted at the University of California. Polish science would also benefit greatly from research with children with behavioural and developmental disorders, as such research would indicate new directions for modern education and therapy.
Course of the study
The study will encompass 70 students. The experimental group and the control group include 35 students each. All children that have been selected for the study meet these two criteria:
- age – early school children aged 7–12 years;
- diagnosed moderate intellectual disability.
The experimental group will use ABA DrOmnibus and the educational features educational games, in addition to traditional therapy. The control group will not use the app. This will allow for a comparison of therapeutic progress between the two groups.
The children will use and test the app, working in subgroups of seven. The games the children will play will match the monthly curricula and have different levels of difficulty. The children will develop such abilities as visual perception and analysis, somatognosis, spatial orientation, cause and effect thinking, mathematical ability, motor ability, concentration and balance. The video games will be used to develop selected cognitive abilities in children with moderate intellectual disability. As Professor Zielińska says, the main advantage of the app is that it is the only such set of games that has been created specifically for persons with special needs, and the games themselves are interactive, easy to use by a child, and take the children’s capabilities and needs into account.
We can’t wait for the results!