Feasibility and efficacy of a computer-based intervention aimed at preventing reading decoding deficits among children undergoing active treatment for Medulloblastoma

Results of a randomized trial

Shawna L. Palmer, Laurie Leigh, Susan C. Ellison, Arzu Onar-Thomas, Shengjie Wu, Ibrahim Qaddoumi, Gregory Armstrong, Karen Wright, Cynthia Wetmore, Alberto Broniscer, Amar Gajjar

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Abstract

ObjectiveTo investigate the feasibility of a computer-based reading intervention completed by patients diagnosed with a brain tumor.Patients were randomized to the intervention (n = 43) or standard of care group (n = 38). The intervention consisted of 30 sessions using Fast ForWord® exercises in a game-like format. Change in reading decoding scores over time since diagnosis was examined. Gender, race, parent education, parent marital status, and age at diagnosis were examined as covariates.17 patients (39.5%) were able to complete the target goal of 30 intervention sessions. Females had significantly greater training time than males (p =. 022). Age at diagnosis was associated with average training time/session for females (r =. 485, p =. 041). No significant differences were found in reading scores between the randomized groups.The study was well accepted by families and adherence by patients undergoing radiation therapy for medulloblastoma was moderate. Suggestions for improved methodology are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-458
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Medulloblastoma
Reading
Marital Status
Standard of Care
Patient Compliance
Brain Neoplasms
Radiotherapy
Therapeutics
Exercise
Education

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Feasibility and efficacy of a computer-based intervention aimed at preventing reading decoding deficits among children undergoing active treatment for Medulloblastoma : Results of a randomized trial. / Palmer, Shawna L.; Leigh, Laurie; Ellison, Susan C.; Onar-Thomas, Arzu; Wu, Shengjie; Qaddoumi, Ibrahim; Armstrong, Gregory; Wright, Karen; Wetmore, Cynthia; Broniscer, Alberto; Gajjar, Amar.

In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 39, No. 4, 01.01.2014, p. 450-458.

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Palmer, Shawna L. ; Leigh, Laurie ; Ellison, Susan C. ; Onar-Thomas, Arzu ; Wu, Shengjie ; Qaddoumi, Ibrahim ; Armstrong, Gregory ; Wright, Karen ; Wetmore, Cynthia ; Broniscer, Alberto ; Gajjar, Amar. / Feasibility and efficacy of a computer-based intervention aimed at preventing reading decoding deficits among children undergoing active treatment for Medulloblastoma : Results of a randomized trial. In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2014 ; Vol. 39, No. 4. pp. 450-458.
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