Computers help Down Syndrome children

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COMPUTER memory games in schools could be key in improving the short-term memory and attention span of children with Down syndrome.

The preliminary study, by researchers at the University of Portsmouth and Down Syndrome Education International, found that memory training on computers in schools improved the visual short term memory of more than half a group of 21 children with Down syndrome.

It also found this improvement was sustained four months after the training had stopped.

People with Down syndrome tend to have a limited short-term memory, which can affect many areas of education, including learning words, grammar and reading.

Lead researcher Dr Stephanie Bennett said: ‘We are really excited about the findings.

‘We were unsure whether it would be feasible to deliver this kind of training in a school, but now we know that it is, researchers can go forward and explore it further.’