4 year old visit
This month of May we have started collecting data from the 4 years of BiSC children. We do this through a very complete face-to-face visit, in which we collect information about the health, habits and neuropsychological and anthropometric data of children, as well as information on the health status of BiSC mothers and fathers.
In this post we want to share with you a brief explanation of the tests that your sons and daughters will carry out for an hour while they are visiting, with a psychologist from the BiSC team.
These tests are:
- The Kiddies Continuous Performance Test (K-CPT-2): A computerized test that evaluates the attentional capacities of the child. This is a task in which the child must detect objects that appear and disappear on the screen. They are everyday objects, such as a boat, a ball, a car, scissors… and react to them or let them pass according to instructions that the psychologist has previously given to the child. Therefore, the child must be very attentive throughout the entire task. With this task, we can evaluate errors of impulsiveness in the response, speed of reaction and ability to maintain attention on a task without being distracted. That is, sustained attention.
- On the other hand, the Merrill-Palmer-R Development Scales (MP-R): They are a battery of individual application tests with which the overall development of the child is evaluated, studying 3 specific areas of development: cognitive development, language/communication and motor development. This test is based on participatory tasks in which the child must manipulate toys, answer mathematical questions with the help of some pictures with drawings, do puzzles, answer questions about appropriate vocabulary for their age, or even all imitate motor gestures that show their abilities to jump, hop, or catch a ball. Therefore, it is a test that allows an expert psychologist in child neurodevelopment to objectively observe the child’s neuropsychomotor development. Always through games, so the child enjoys the visit.
These two tests that we carry out during the 4-year-old visit will also allow us to identify if there are difficulties or possible developmental delays in the child so that where appropiate, following the ethics policy of the BiSC project, the psychologist will share it with the family.
This news item has been written by Muriel Ferrer, BiSC Project psychologist.