Problems with attention and memory are common after a brain injury sustained during childhood, and these problems can become even worse as a child progresses through normal development. Without a sensitive assessment tool to determine the extent of these challenges, parents and educators can find it difficult to advocate and plan for specific interventions. There are few evidence-based cognitive assessment tools that are sensitive enough to identify the attention and memory deficits that can arise specifically after a childhood brain injury.
A recent review of the Amsterdam Memory and Attention Test for Children (Amat-c) found that it was more sensitive to changes in attention and memory performance than traditional cognitive assessments. Further research is needed to validate the test, but the study shows that the tool has the potential to become a more useful assessment to determine the challenges, needs and interventions that a child may face after a brain injury.
Catroppa C, Stone K, Rosema S, et al. Preliminary efficacy of an attention and memory intervention post-childhood brain injury. Brain Injury. (February 2014).