July 21, 2020 / By thadmin2
The Thrive Psychology Team is pleased to announce “𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧: 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐠𝐮𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧” – a fun and stimulating competition aimed to help all children discover their cognitive abilities!
Aim: Healthy competition that promotes the importance of executive function skills in this current age of technology.
Benefits: Allow children to discover their cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Play their strengths to their advantage in school as well as in their daily life. Having a greater understanding of their overall cognitive functioning at the end of this competition can also guide them in shaping their aspirations and their future career. Win prizes from our sponsors worth $519.
What our technology can do: Track and analyse a variety of executive functioning skills such as attention, focus, cognitive flexibility, memory, spatial ability, decision making, and mental workload.
Registration is free from 1st – 23 August 2020: Sign up here: https://tiny.cc/leagueofcognition
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What is this competition about?
- This competition is aimed at promoting the importance of cognitive development in children from a young age. By incorporating the Neeuro SenzeBand – a non-invasive EEG headband that safely measures brain signals, the SenzeBand is capable of tracking and measuring a variety of cognitive skills such as attention, focus, mental workload and relaxation levels in real-time. Thus, through this competition, children can discover their cognitive strengths and abilities! In addition, advancements in neurotechnology enable accurate assessments of individuals’ cognitive skills, allowing for targeted training to develop strengths and improve on weaknesses.
2. Who can compete in this competition?
- All children from ages 4 to 12 can compete in this competition. Children will be categorized according to three age groups, where they will be competing within their respective age group. The three age groups are 4-6 years old, 7-9 years old, 10-12 years old.
3. What happens upon completing the registration form for this competition?
- Upon signing up, parents will receive a confirmation email containing the details of your registration. Since both parents and children will be invited down to Thrive Psychology Clinic to participate in this competition, parents will be prompted via the confirmation email to provide us with details of your availability from August to September 2020 (the duration of this competition). Kindly provide us with as many dates as possible of your availability, for ease of scheduling a timeslot with you here at our clinic. Importantly, since parents will be prompted to provide your available dates upon registration, scheduling of time slots for the child’s participation in this competition will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Upon confirmation of the time slot based on the available dates that parents have provided us with, both parents and children will be invited to come down to our clinic on the day itself. On the day when parents and children come down to the clinic, parents will have to sign a consent form in order for us to obtain your consent for your child’s participation in this competition.
4. How long will the session take for the competition?
- Parents and children will be invited to come down to the clinic to log the child’s competition entry which will last for approximately an hour. This 1-hour session takes into account multiple consideration factors such as: buffer time, admin matters, setting up of the SenzeBand and game for the child, trial rounds for children to familiarize themselves with the game, actual competition duration – which lasts for 30 minutes, and a short debrief for parents after the competition.
5. What will happen during the competition?
- On the day itself when parents and children come down to the clinic, parents will have to sign a consent form to consent to their child’s participation in the competition. The child will then be invited into a room so as to participate in the competition without any external distractions. During the competition, each child will be playing an assigned game on an application “Memorie”, which will be connected to the SenzeBand. Our staff on duty will assist the child in wearing the Senzeband and connecting the Senzeband to the application before the competition starts.
- The game assigned to each child will be based on their respective age group. The assigned games differ across the three age groups as the games vary in difficulty level and are suitably matched according to the level of cognitive development for each age group. Importantly, the aim of the competition is to obtain the highest level and highest score within the game!
- Prior to playing the game, the application will provide a short tutorial to teach children how to play the game. After the tutorial, each child will have 2 trial rounds to play the game and familiarise themselves before the competition officially starts. Once the child has completed the 2 trial rounds, the child’s subsequent performance on the game will be scored and recorded as his/her competition entry. During the competition, each child will get to play the assigned game for a maximum duration of 30 minutes. Within the 30-minute duration, every child will have to aim to obtain the highest level possible in the game, where their final score will be recorded. If, for instance, the child fails to complete one of the levels, the child will have three chances to pass that level. Once the three chances are used up and they still fail to pass that particular level, we will take that level as the highest level they have obtained, and we will take the highest score amongst their three tries. If the child manages to pass the particular level within three tries, he/she can proceed on to the higher levels. If he/she fails to pass a subsequent higher level, the three tries are refreshed again and he/she has 3 tries to pass that level again.
6. What games will children be assigned to play during the competition?
- The games played during this competition are focused on the various cognitive skills, such as attention, working memory, planning, problem-solving and many more. The assigned games for each age group are focused on specific cognitive functioning areas as shown below:
- 4-6 years old: The assigned game tests on the child’s working memory skills through mixing and matching items in the game. Working memory is important as it helps us remember details, aids us when we are required to follow multiple steps, categorizing information as well as holding on to information when organizing information.
- 7-9 years old: The assigned game tests on the child’s working memory skills as they are required to recall and select the correct items within the game. Working memory is important in helping us remember details, identifying same and different information as well as holding on to information when organizing information.
- 10-12 years old: The assigned game tests on the child’s multi-tasking abilities, planning and problem-solving skills as they are required to complete 2 different tasks simultaneously in every round. The development of planning skills is important in helping us set goals, manage our time, work towards a goal, organize thoughts and actions, as well as enabling us to consider future consequences in light of our current actions. Developing problem-solving skills are also important as it helps us to define and analyze problems, create mental images of the problem, generate possible solutions as well as anticipate, predict and evaluate outcomes of the problems we face. Lastly, developing children’s multi-tasking skills can enhance their cognitive flexibility – which is important for boosting one’s creativity, seeing things through multiple perspectives, thinking of multiple concepts simultaneously, shifting focus from one event to another as well as seeing multiple sides to a situation.
7. Since the SenzeBand can track my child’s performance for his/her cognitive skills, will there be a report for the cognitive functioning of my child after the competition?
- Unfortunately, this competition is inadequate in providing a full, comprehensive report of your child’s cognitive performance. Typically, more than one session using the SenzeBand is required to obtain a more comprehensive and all-rounded report of the child’s cognitive performance. However, at the end of the competition session at the clinic (once your child has finished playing the game for a 30-minute duration), our staff on duty will conduct a short debrief for parents. During this debrief, we will provide you with a brief summary of your child’s cognitive performance, based on his/her performance in the game. Do note that it will only be a brief summary, and we are unable to provide in-depth and extensive information on your child’s overall cognitive functioning. If parents wish to find out more on your child’s cognitive functioning abilities, or what your child can do to enhance his/her cognitive development, you may consider Mind Culture’s Positive Cognition Programme (PCP) which is provided for children and adolescents with typical development, or Thrive Psychology Clinic’s Neurocognitive Programme that is catered to children and adolescents with special needs!
8. Is there a category for special needs children? Do children with special needs get extra time during the competition?
- Children with special needs are welcome to join the competition and they will also be categorised according to the respective age groups (mentioned above). Regarding the competition duration, children with special needs will get an extra 30 minutes – resulting in a total duration of 60 minutes for him/her to log his/her competition entry. Parents can indicate in our google form when registering your child for the competition if your child has any special needs which require extra time during the competition.
9. Will my child be playing against other children?
- No. Your child will not be interacting with any other children during this competition. Instead, each scheduled time slot will be allocated for only one child. So your child will be playing the game alone in one of our therapy rooms, under the supervision of our clinical staff. Their scores will be recorded and compared to other children’s scores independently at the end of the whole competition.
10. How will I know how well my child performed?
- While our clinical staff can provide general feedback about your child’s performance, we will not disclose any information regarding overall rankings or comparisons with other children’s scores, until all participants have logged their entries. Thereafter, you will be notified by us as to whether or not your child has placed among the top 3 in his/her age group and will be advancing to the finals round. However, our staff will provide you with some insights into your child’s cognitive abilities in the specific areas which the game has tested. (see Questions 6 & 7)
11. What happens if my child places in the top three within his/her age group?
- Should your child’s score be among the highest three within his/her age group, your child will be invited down to our clinic again for a second session to participate in the finals round. In this final round, all finalists will compete within their respective age groups in-person. The top-scorer for every age group will be declared the winner and given the grand prize of one FREE Positive Cognition Programme (PCP) session and one FREE workshop conducted at Thrive Psychology Clinic. All finalists will also walk away with a fun exclusive goodie bag filled with attractive goodies!
12. Regarding the grand prize of “one free Positive Cognition Programme (PCP) session” for winners of this competition, what is PCP about?
- Positive Cognition Programme works on socio-emotional and behavioural issues children typically face while tapping on the brain’s plasticity to train, expand and maximise their potential in a holistic manner.
13. Regarding the grand prize of “one free workshop conducted at Thrive Psychology Clinic”, what types of workshops are conducted for children at your clinic?
- At Thrive Psychology Clinic, we conduct workshops that focus on issues which all children typically face. Not only do we conduct workshops that are catered for children with special needs, but we also host a variety of workshops that are focused on the healthy development of all children and adolescents. Some of the topics of our workshops include helping children develop positive self-talk, teaching children stress-management techniques, and many more! Ultimately, we seek to improve the overall mental well-being of all children and adolescents, by inculcating important life skills through our fun and interactive workshops.
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