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Title: A Game-Based Intervention to Promote Executive Function and Reasoning in Early Learning
Center: NCSER Year: 2014
Principal Investigator: Wardhana, Grace Awardee: Kiko Labs, Inc.
Program: Small Business Innovation Research in Special Education      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months Award Amount: $149,997
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES14C0047

The project team is developing a prototype of Thinking Time, a tablet-based app and game for early learners (ages 3- to 6-years-old) that provides cognitive training games based on neuropsychological research. Game play will be self-guided and adaptive, and will support the development of working memory, attention and impulse control, and flexibility. The goal is to promote academic readiness by scaffolding cognitive skills during the early years of heightened brain plasticity. In the Phase I pilot research, the project team will examine whether the software prototype functions as planned, if teachers are able to integrate it within the classroom environment, and whether children are engaged with the prototype.